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Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus
December 18, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 18, 2021
An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until December 18, 2021
West Hudson Arts & Theater Company kicks off the holiday season with its family-friendly production of Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus”, written by Jamie Gorski. Directed by Alyssa Schirm.
Facemasks will be required for all audience members at all performances.
December 10, 11, 17, 18 @ 7:30 pm and December 11, 18 @ 2:00 pm
Inspired by a simple, poignant letter written over 100 years ago by 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon to the editor of the New York Sun—and by the timeless editorial response printed on the front page of the Sun.
Virginia wondered and wrote: “Dear Editor, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says if you see it in the Sun, it’s so. Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?” Ed Mitchell, the Sun’s editor, gives the assignment of answering Virginia’s letter to Frank Church who, until his wife and baby died last Christmas Eve, was the Sun’s best and most dependable reporter.
Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus is a play for young and old, magically reaffirming life’s highest beauty and joy—”the eternal light with which childhood fills the world.”
- Virginia O’Hanlon – Jayla Mirassol
- Samuel O’Hanlon – Joshua Belchior
- Father O’Hanlon – Clint Vinacco
- Mother O’Hanlon – Audrey Shapiro
- Francis Church – David Mach
- Walter Gibson – George Rex
- Mary Lou Parker – Brooke Lynn Pulcine
- Wendy Parker – Genevieve Lambo
- John Patrick Munley – Post-Person, Soup Line Worker
- Ensemble – Sarah Hill, Victoria Gonzalez, Riley Bennett
Yes, Virginia is presented by special arrangement by Playscripts, Inc.
Tickets: $15 Adults | $12 Students/Seniors
Tickets may also be available at the door.
Venue: East Newark Recreation Center, 44 Central Avenue, East Newark, NJ
COVID-19 Guidelines: West Hudson Arts & Theater Company follows all current state and federal health guidelines. All audience members will be required to wear masks as well as any unvaccinated cast members, stage crew and volunteers.