By Andrew J. Fenady
Directed by Sue Beukema & Pam Ratliff

~~ Performances ~~
December 4, 5, 10, 11 & 12 at 7:30 pm
December 6 at 2:00 pm

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Holiday music selection presented by Koni Bunse 15 minutes before curtain time

Tickets are $12.00 adults and $10.00 Youth. Box Office Phone (641) 792-1230 for reservations. The box office is staffed weekdays from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and 6:30-8:00 pm, and one hour before each show.

Inspired by a simple, poignant letter written over 100 years ago by 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon to the editor of the New York Sun and by the timeless editorial response printed on the front page of the Sun Virginia wondered and wrote: “Dear Editor, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says if you see it in the Sun, it’s so. Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?” Ed Mitchell, the Sun’s editor, gives the assignment of answering Virginia’s letter to Frank Church who, until his wife and baby died last Christmas Eve, was the Sun’s best and most dependable reporter. Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus is a play for young and old, magically reaffirming life’s highest beauty and joy—”the eternal light with which childhood fills the world.”

The Cast

Role Actor
Edward P. Mitchell John Dougan
Frank P. Church Scott Schaeffer
James O'Hanlon Keith Laube
Evie O' Hanlon Kristine Perkins
Virginia O'Hanlon Ella Price
Sean O' Hanlon Evan Marshall
Dominic Donneli Steve Barnett
Celeste Donneli / Shorty Alisa Marshall
Marie Donneli Emmory Wearmouth
Julie Sarah Templeman
Susan Libbie Keith
Susan understudy Jacy Linahon
Virginia understudy Morgan Peterson
Marie understudy / Julie understudy Brooke Linahon
Goss / George / Pryor / Husband Matthew LaShomb
Chambers / Cornelius Barrington / Santa Mike Myers
Mrs. Otho Debbie LaShomb
Mrs. O'Hara / Wife Linda Dougan
Andrea Borland Cheyenne Schaeffer
Teddy Murray Lane Rose
Mrs. Goldstein Karen Quinn
Officer Adkins / Dock Worker David Ratliff
Officer Flynn / Schuller / Art Fritz Mike McKenna
Officer Reeves / Dock Worker Rod Zuidema
Dock Worker / Newsboy / Park Attendant Liam Dougan
Dock Worker / Sam / Newsboy / Thief Tyler Sterling
Dock Worker / Newsboy Kaleb Bucklin
Dock Worker / Red / Newsboy Devin Lamb
Dock Worker / Scotty / Newsboy Clay Lamb
Dock Worker / Shannon / Newsboy Reed Klingensmith