'Miracle on 34th Street' comes to Magical Theatre Company


Magical Theatre Company rings in the Christmas season with "Miracle on 34th Street," which can be seen through Dec. 21.

The play is directed by Holly Barkdoll, and features the largest cast Magical Theatre has put on stage in many years: 24 actors playing 34 roles.

"It's quite a large cast for a professional company, but this is a story close to my heart and one we've wanted to do for many years," Barkdoll said. "We just had to wait until we had the right actors, especially the two playing Kris Kringle and (the little girl) Susan. Bob and Leah are absolutely delightful!" Barkdoll is referring to professional actor Bob Parenti of Uniontown and newcomer Leah Greczanik of Norton.

The cast also includes Magical Theatre veterans and some new faces: Adam Hoffman of Stow, Dennis O'Connell of Canton, Laura Rauh, Mark Seven and Jo Jarosz of Akron, Deb Lemire and Eric Lualdi of Cuyahoga Falls, Geoffrey Darling of Twinsburg, Michael Rogan of Highland Heights and David Drumm of Wooster, as well as a talented group of young actors including Brooke Stiles and Allayna Rose of Norton, Reagan Zajac, Noah, Owen and Molly Casino, and Nathan Jarosz of Akron, and Freddie and CeCe Brown of Cuyahoga Falls.

"Miracle on 34th Street" can be seen Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $11 and $13 per person. Tickets for public performances can be purchased online at www.magicaltheatre.org.

Magical Theatre Company is at 565 W. Tuscarawas Avenue in Barberton. For details, call 330-848-3708.

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