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Friday, August 12, 2022

Art Talk – I believe… I believe… it’s silly, but I believe


Holiday lights shine bright throughout the city and remind us that this is the magical time of the year when miracles can happen. While still under COVID’s black cloud, we have progressed from where we were a year ago: families will gather, friends will rejoice, and events, both indoors and out, will welcome audience participation.

BrightSide Theatre, Naperville’s only professional downtown theatre, is back with an invitation to come and see a favorite yuletide treasure. “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play” kicks off the organization’s tenth season and promises to jingle the bells of even the most fervent disbelievers. Presented at the Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth Street, the production will run December 10 – 19, 2021. Tickets are on sale now at www.brightsidetheatre.com, or by phone at 630-447-TIXS (8497).

You can be part of the studio audience for this live musical radio play and learn the trade secrets of an entertainment form perfected long ago. Actors, dressed in period clothing, read scripts behind oversized microphones. The auditory background swells with music and sound effects created by technicians and cast members using everyday objects. These behind-the-scenes workings of the acoustic performance are sometimes comical, always intriguing, and key in the development of the characters and the story.

Under Jeffrey Cass’ skillful direction, this classic story of a replacement Santa hired for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will transport theatre-goers to 1947, the time of the original Lux Radio Broadcast. The nostalgic tale keeps the viewer wrapped in mystery while teaching a valuable lesson: the real Kris Kringle lives among us and encourages us to believe and sing and have fun, a lesson we can all take to heart.

Please note: BrightSide Theatre joins a coalition of more than 65 performing arts venues across Chicagoland in implementing unified COVID-19 Vaccination and Mask Requirements for indoor performances through the end of 2021. Guests will need to be fully vaccinated to attend a show and must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry into the building with their valid ticket and government-issued ID.

Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play
December 10-19, 2021
8PM Fridays / 2PM & 8PM Saturdays / 2PM Sundays

For more info, contact BrightSide Theatre at (630) 447-8497 or info@brightsidetheatre.com.

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Debbie Venezia
Debbie Veneziahttp://www.artsdupage.org
Debbie Venezia is the Director of Arts DuPage, a DuPage Foundation initiative. Contact her at debbie@dupagefoundation.org or visit www.artsdupage.org.

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