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CCS3    The holiday classic, "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus," opens at the Clinton County Showcase's Avon Theater in Breese this weekend.Show dates are Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 10-12. The Friday/Saturday shows are at 8 p.m.; the Sunday  shows are at 2 p.m.
    All seating for the production will be general admission.
    Two compelling stories come together in this heartwarming two-act play inspired by the famous editorial "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus," by Andrew J. Fenady.
    On Christmas Eve, 1897, in New York City, eight-year-old Virginia is left pondering 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 they don't know each other, the spirit of Christmas is about to bring these people together, creating, in the process, an unforgettable and cherished part of classic Christmas folklore.
    The play's title comes from a line in an editorial titled "Is There a Santa Claus?" which was printed in the Sept. 21, 1897 edition of the New York Sun.

    The play is directed by Tara Peters, and Michael Redman, who is in the cast, is the assistant director.
    The cast includes Ryan Goodwin as Edward P. Mitchell, Nick Mueth as Frank  P.   Church,  Chris Hilmes as James O'Hanlon, Chris Streetman as Dominic "Dom" Donnelli, Olivia Hilmes as Virginia O'Hanlon, Alyssa Goodwin as Maria Donnelli, Addyson Goodwin as Julie/Ensemble and Elaina Wilkins as Susan/ Park Child,
    Also, Gavin Goodwin as Sean O'Hanlon,  Perri Wesselmann as Evie O'Hanlon, Ellen Nuxoll as  Andrea Borland, Nick Christ as Teddy Murray, Angela Nuxoll as Mrs. Goldstein,  Caleigh Arentsen as Celeste Donnelli/Park Mom, and Dylan McMinn as Newsboy.
    Several actors are taking on multiple roles: Steven Christ as Goss/Barrington/Officer l/Red; Ron Maue as Chambers/Sam/Sergeant Flynn/Shannon/Officer Akins; Nathan Olliges as Otho/Thief/Pryor/Park Attendant/Officer Blake; Ryan Rottman as George/O'Hara/Schuller/Scotty/Fritz/Park Dad; and Michael Redman as Shorty/Officer 2.
    As always, such a production can't be staged without a willing and capable backstage crew.
    The stage crew are Brenna Cook, Roman Becker, Jackson Hoffmannn, Shelby Peters, Zachary Peters and the cast.
    Costumes are by Jennifer Klostermann and the cast.
    Lighting is by Gary Wesselmann, with video, sound and music by Tara Peters.
    Set design is by Tara Peters and Sean Thomas, and set/prop painting was done by Braden Price and Sean Thomas.
    The play is being produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Co. of Woodstock.
    Tickets can be purchased at www.ccshowcase.com.