Joyous Free Gift Given by Theatre Palisades

Actors from Theatre Palisades Actors’ Troupe in a radio play presented in 2018.


If one if having trouble getting in the holiday spirit, there is a solution.

Come enjoy the Theatre Palisades Actors’ Troupe radio show presentation of Miracle on 34th Street on Wednesday, December 14. Admission is free to the public. Those attending are asked to bring a canned food donation for a food drive.

The festive ambiance kicks off at 7 p.m. in the lobby prior to the one-hour show. There are free refreshments: cookies and Martha Hunter’s famous mulled wine. A glass of that delightful concoction will keep one warm on the chilliest night.

Then it’s into the theatre, where members of the Troupe present a radio show, complete with foley artists, who supply the appropriate sounds. The show is appropriate for the entire family.

As a special treat Hunter’s granddaughter Lola Hunter Pollak, who is visiting from London, will play Susan Walker, the little girl in this beloved classic.

In this Christmas tale, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain’s main store in midtown Manhattan.

When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.

After the show, there are numerous door prizes that will be won by those who attend the production. And there may be a surprise guest . . . .

Members of the Troupe include: Barry and Mary Allwright, Phil Bartolf, Mitch Feinstein, Laura Goldstein, Bob Grochau, Manfred Hofer, Martha Hunter, Erika Jolly, Maria O’Connor, Yvonne Robertson, Valerie Ruel, Holly Sidell, Carole Taub, Wendy Taubin and Amy Witkowski.

No reservation is required, and guest are asked to wear masks in the Pierson Playhouse, located at 941 Temescal Canyon Road. (310) 454-1970.

In Miracle on 34th Street, Attorney Fred Gailey, who represents Kris Kringle tells the little girl’s mother: “Look Doris, someday you’re going to find that your way of facing this realistic world just doesn’t work. And when you do, don’t overlook those lovely intangibles. You’ll discover those are the only things that are worthwhile.”

The spirit of this production is truly one of the intangibles of the community.

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