A Must See This Holiday Season: Miracle on 34th Street {#LdnOnt}

Miracle on 34th Street

We just got back from a matinée performance of Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical at The Grand Theatre. I couldn’t wait to sit down to write about it and share our experience.

This is a must-see for families this holiday season. The performance starts with a bang as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is setting up to begin. With colourful costumes, props and set designs, we were all eyes-on-stage.

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Members of the cast of The Grand Theatre production of Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical. 
Claus Andersen photo.

The Grand’s Miracle of 34th Street, the Musical is based on the Valentine Davies’ Academy Award winning movie, with the addition of many fun and playful songs as well as some traditional Christmas songs. We loved singing along to the songs we knew and listening to the new and original scores created by Meredith Wilson.

Susan, played by Hillary Harkes, is a cute, to-the-point little girl who’s been brought up by her single mom Doris who is the manager at Macy’s. Doris has raised Susan to only believe in what you can see; therefore she does not believe in Santa Claus. If you haven’t already seen the movie, I don’t want to spoil too much, but this feel-good performance leaves even the adults believing in Santa!

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Hillary Harkes is Susan and Brian McKay is Kris Kringle in The Grand Theatre production of 
Miracle on 34thStreet, The Musical. Claus Andersen photo.

FAMILY APPROPRIATE

This production is definitely a family friendly event. We brought Little S with us and she is five. She was glued to her seat for the first 30 minutes in awe of all the sites onstage, including the giant Mickey Mouse float, the life-size snowman, the colourful and funny clowns and the pretty ballerina.

We wondered if introducing her to the question ‘Is Santa Claus real?” would cause her to wonder that herself. But we had nothing to worry about as it is very obvious right from the beginning that Santa is there and he’s the real thing.

St. Nick or Kris Kringle is played by Brian McKay and if I didn’t know that he was an actor, I’d believe myself that the real Santa was up there performing. It’s not just the way he looks but his cheerful and jolly demeanor that will make you a believer.

When I asked Little S what her favourite part was she said “I didn’t have a favourite part. It was all so good! I highly recommend taking your kids to see this heartwarming production to really rev up the Christmas spirit.

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Hillary Harkes is Susan and Brian McKay is Kris Kringle in The Grand Theatre production of 
Miracle on 34thStreet, The Musical. Claus Andersen photo.

GET YOUR TICKETS

Miracle on 34th Street will be on at The Grand until December 30, 2012. You can order tickets by visiting thegrandtheatre.com or calling 1-800-265-1593.

Be a part of the miracle

BE A PART OF THE MIRACLE

Have you ever wanted to be a part of a professional theatre performance? Then you’re invitre to be a clown on stage in The Grand’s holiday show Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical and raise money for Holiday Wish for Kids! Visit the following link to learn more and to fill out a registration form. Clowns must be 18+.

Enjoy the show!

City Mom

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