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Do you believe?

Do you believe?

Cedar Springs High School and H Productions proudly present “Miracle on 34th St.”

Kris Kringle must prove he really is Santa Claus in the classic Miracle on 34th Street, put on by Cedar Springs High School. In the photo above, Kris Kringle (played by junior Steven Reed) listens to one little boy’s wishes (Jared Hause-3rd grade) as his mom (junior Kristen Sarniak) looks on.

Kris Kringle must prove he really is Santa Claus in the classic Miracle on 34th Street, put on by Cedar Springs High School. In the photo above, Kris Kringle (played by junior Steven Reed) listens to one little boy’s wishes (Jared Hause-3rd grade) as his mom (junior Kristen Sarniak) looks on.

The faith of a child is like nothing else. It is that time of year when children all over the world believe in a man who, with his rosy red cheeks, belly like a bowl full of jelly and a simple “ho, ho, ho” symbolizes the true Christmas spirit. Sometimes it just takes the innocence of a child to remind us that all we need is a little faith.

The students of Cedar Springs High School are proud to present the holiday classic “Miracle on 34th Street” by Valentine Davies. This heartwarming story is centered around one Kris Kringle, played by junior Steven Reed. Kris is something of an expert on Santa Claus for one simple reason—he is Santa Claus. After he discovers that the hired Santa for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is not up to his high standards, he gets roped in as a short notice replacement by the parade organizer, Doris Walker (senior Ashley Sissell). Stepping into such a believable role, everyone becomes enthralled by Kris and he gets hired to be the Santa at Macy’s for the rest of the season.

N-Miracle2-Poster-FinalUnfortunately, Doris is a non-believer, and has brought her daughter Susan (Erika Cardinal 6th) up to be a non-believer too, and so, Kris sets out on a mission to convert them. Aiding Kris is rising legal star Fred Gailey (senior Nick Bonarski), who loves Susan and also wants to get to know Doris better. Everything starts well enough at Macy’s, but the store psychologist believes Kris to be insane, and misrepresents his mental health to the store, after she and Kris have a disagreement over her methods. Fred ends up with the unenviable task of proving to politically minded Judge Henry Harper (senior Tim Mol) that Kris is indeed who he says he is. With the help from his little friend, Susan, and hundreds of other children, everyone has their beliefs reaffirmed or rekindled by this man who “does nothing more than bring the true spirit of Christmas to everyone he meets.”

Over the past 3 months, this cast and crew of over 70 students have spent countless hours after school and on the weekends rehearsing, memorizing lines, building the set and working to make this the best show it can be. “This is, hands down, the biggest set we have ever built on this stage,” remarked Justin Harnden, director and High School drama teacher. “It includes 3 different platforms, a 16 foot raised podium and a rotating stage. These kids have worked hard on not only building the set, but becoming part of the story and really making this show their own. After three months of hard work, it is exciting to see it all come together.”

Cedar Springs and H Productions would like to invite you to come be a part of this inspiring story that proves sometimes it only takes a little faith to make a big difference. Do you believe?

Be sure not to miss such a timeless Christmas classic.  “Miracle on 34th St.” takes place only one weekend for three shows on December 10, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are only $7.00 and are available from any cast member, at the high school office, Cedar Springs Public Library, and at the door. For more information call 616-696-1200.

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