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BWW Review: MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET at Neptune Theatre - Classic Movie a Stunning Screen to Stage Transformation

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MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, presented by Neptune Theatre, is a warm welcome into the holiday season. This adaption is like attending a family holiday tradition with an added touch for a new generation; dazzling touches from the bright, vintage set to Wade Lynch's jolly interpretation of Kris Kringle.

The story is set during the holiday season in New York City 1947. Kris Kringle is hired by Macy's Herald Square to be their new in-store Santa Claus. Commotion is caused amongst the city when Kringle takes his Santa interpretation too far; claiming he is in fact the true Kris Kringle. Along the debatable journey, we come to unwrap the true meaning of Christmas as Kringle brings faith and joy into The Walker family's life.

Wade Lynch brought Santa to life. Not only was his costume convincing, Lynch is compelling as the classic holiday character with his determination, honesty and of course - his jolly manner. Watching him throughout the show made you believe. His performance is the highlight of Christmas here in the Maritimes.

Zoe Brown played the intelligent yet suddenly curiosity-seeking child Susan Walker. Brown suited the role perfectly and played up to the legacy of Natalie Wood. Her portrayal was well-mannered, enjoyable and simply effortless.

When a classic film is turned into a stage show, we are either feared for our lives or look forward to a retelling of an old favorite. This retelling was stunning as you were embraced in the colorful yet conflcting world of New York City 1947. Thegraphic designs of the newspapers reminded the audience not only of the time period; but brought small elements of the movie to life. The set design was a constant yet aesthetically pleasing reminder of the location with the sky scraper always in sight; the perfect touch!

You could tell that there was a certain chemistry throughout the actors on stage. Binding together not just for the holiday season, but also on a seemingly ridiculous debate. Constant interaction and character was brought to life on this colorful stage. From the costumes, old style makeup and acting, you felt transported.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET is playing now until December 31st. For more information, please visit neptunetheatre.com.

Photo credit to Timothy Richard and Neptune Theatre


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