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18/09/2020

Review: Miracle on 34th Street


Nothing says Christmas more than the classic, Miracle on 34th Street. And, the Stage Door Theatre Company’s production of the tale of Santa Claus, and the non-believers of New York really does get you in the festive mood.

The Macy’s Day Parade is about to commence, however the man hired to be Santa is in a drunken state and unable to entertain the children. Passer by, Kris Kringle (the real Father Christmas), steps into the role last minute and proves such a big hit with the public that Macys hire him to be their Santa in their Toy department.

Kris Kringle turns out to be a big hit in his new role and the store’s profits are up, however not everyone is impressed by his efforts, and when Macy’s employee, Mr Sawyer, files a complaint against him, Mr Kringle ends up in jail, with the only way to free himself and save Christmas being to convince the Judge that he is indeed the real Santa Claus.

This story is so familiar with so many generations that this show is a toughie for an amateur dramatic group to tackle; however Stage Door does a good job.
Sophie Edrupt is well cast in the role of Doris Walker, she talked this musical numbers with ease, and there was some lovely on stage chemistry between her and love interest Fred Gaily (Patrick Price).

Sophia Whatling excelled as Susan Walker. She is equally as strong as the older members of the cast and put in a very believable performance, never once losing her American accent, which is no mean feat. This amazing young actress will surely go far and I’m sure she will be a future West End star!

The star role of this production is, of course, Kris Kringle, and, Phil Corey played a brilliant Santa Claus with a performance that would rival some professional shows.

The Stage Door Theatre Company’s production of Miracle on 34th Street may not have been as tight as some professional performances, however it makes for a very enjoyable evening at the theatre and a lovely alternative to the many pantomimes that are in theatres at this time of year.

And if you’re not yet feeling festive yet a visit to the Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge is a must to get you in the Christmas mood.

Miracle on 34th Street will be on until Saturday 17th December. To book tickets visit www.wolseytheatre.co.uk or telephone the Box Office on 01473 295900.

Review: Wendy Cook, Ipswich24

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