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    The Alcazar Ensemble is Excited to Announce the Return of the Christmas Classic “Miracle on 34th Street” for the Third Year

    The Alcazar Ensemble is excited to announce that the beloved holiday classic “Miracle on 34th Street” is returning for the third year! The story revolves around Macy’s department store, Santa Claus, and a little girl who believes in him. Kris, who claims to be the real Santa Claus, quickly becomes a favorite and starts working as a regular Santa at the company’s flagship store in midtown Manhattan. However, things take an unexpected turn when Kris’s authenticity is questioned, leading to a court case to determine his mental health and prove his genuineness as Santa Claus.

    The upcoming “Miracle on 34th Street” production features a multi-talented cast of more than 30 Santa Barbara and Ventura County residents. Among them is Van Riker, who has been cast in the lead role of Kris Kringle’s beloved character. His performance is expected to captivate the audience with its depth and nuance. Lee Nesheim will be playing the charming and endearing character of Susan Walker, who will win the audience’s hearts. We are also excited to welcome Jillian Bavar, from Santa Barbara, making her stage debut as Doris Walker at the Alcazar Theatre.

    The upcoming holiday production will feature six families spanning different age groups and contribute to a family affair. Charlie Fruend will be playing the character of Mr. Macy, while his daughter Sylvie will portray Janet Mara. His son Abner will play Foster Brother Andrew. Additionally, there are three siblings; Summer Ziegler will play the role of Elf R, with her younger brother Sylas playing Johnnie. Skylar, the youngest of the siblings, will portray a young shopper.

    Leslie Vitanza as Ms. Mara, the court lawyer, and her son, Zev, cast as Postal worker Al. This will be their third consecutive appearance in the holiday production. The play will also feature sisters: Athziry Rojas, who portrays Elf Q Union Boss, and her younger sister, Quetzaly, who plays Sarah. Kevin Till is Postal worker Lou with his daughters, Lillian Till and Nova Till, with Lillian playing the role of Hannah and Nova portraying a young shopper. Bryce and Kendall, the Gasglow cousins, had previously performed in our summer drama camp production. Bryce will play a cheerful elf named J, while Kendall portrays Cousin Georgia.

    Story by Valentine Davies. Directed and adapted by Asa Olsson, “The opportunity to once again bring this production to our community, performed by actors our counties, is exhilarating and a work of love for all involved.”The heartwarming tale is a must-see for all ages during the holiday season. The show dates are December 8-10 and 15-17, 2023. The show starts at 7:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and the matinee on Sundays at 3:00 pm. The box office and doors will open 30 minutes before the performance. General admission tickets are priced at $20, while seniors and students can enjoy a discounted rate of $15. You can purchase tickets online at thealcazar.org.


    About The Alcazar Theatre
    The Alcazar Theatre was founded on April 27, 1928, by Henry J. Muller, who invested $50,000 in its construction. The builder, Alex C. Alfonso, boasted that it was “as strong and sturdy as the Rock of Gibraltar.” The opening of the theater received congratulatory telegrams from MGM, Paramount, and Christie Films, among others, to the first proprietor of the theater, Oliver Prickett, a long-time resident and actor known for his role in “Ma and Pa Kettle’s.” Over the next 95 years, the Alcazar Theatre changed hands and names several times, including the Ritz, Del Mar, Tradewinds, and Plaza Theater, managed by Metropolitan Theatres. However, in 2017, the Plaza Playhouse Theater officially returned to its original name – the Alcazar Theatre.

    The nonprofit organization behind the theater, Carpinteria Community Theatre Inc. (501(c)(3), Tax ID # 95-3565433), continues to fulfill its original purpose as a hub of arts and entertainment. It hosts theater, music, comedy, and film for Carpinteria Valley and Santa Barbara County.

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