'Virginia' comes to Stow Players stage


Stow Players presents "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus" as its Holiday Show for families as part of its 60th anniversary season.

The play will be staged Dec. 13 through 21.

Under the direction of Kathrine Dannemiller of Kent, two stories come together in this heartwarming play inspired by the famous editorial in The New York Sun, "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus." On Christmas Eve, 1897, in New York City, 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon is left wondering whether or not Santa really exists after a series of unhappy events.

Meanwhile, a young newspaper editor also struggles against tough holiday times as he is faced with losing his job if he can't find his writer's voice by morning. Even though he and Virginia don't know each other, the spirit of Christmas is about to bring these people together, creating in the process an unforgettable piece of classic Christmas folklore that the whole family will enjoy.

The O'Hanlon family will be portrayed by Peyton Burns, Francine Roberts, Tom Marshall, and Elizabeth Demming; the Parker family includes Isabel Chaplin, Emma Himmel, and Kaitlin Glover. Other roles will be handled by Brandon Mariano, Dave Hinebaugh, Audrey Menke, and Keri Lambert.

Performances are Dec. 13, 14, and 20 at 7:30 p.m.; on Dec. 15 and 21 the shows are at 2:30 p.m. All tickets are $5.

Stow Players' shows are in the Heritage Barn in Stow's Silver Springs Park, with access from the Young Road entrance only. Call 330-655-6051 for reservations and information. Visit the Stow Players website at www.stowplayers.net for details.

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