Christmas classic comes alive on BLT stage for two weekends

Rotaxlyn Hudson, Abbey Holman and Reynaldo Bueno Jr. in the Baytown Little Theater production of “Miracle on 34th Street,” which opens Friday. For tickets, go to baytownlittletheater.org or call 281-424-7617. 

What do you do with a department store Santa who believes he’s the real thing?

The Christmas classic “Miracle on 34th Street,” suggests that you may not want to dismiss the claim too quickly, as the story’s Kris Kringle has a knack for making Christmas wishes come true in a way that makes you believe he just may be the North Pole’s most famous citizen.

Baytown Little Theater is bringing the story to the stage for two weekends only, beginning Friday. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Dec. 13 and 14 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 14 and 15 at the theater, 2 E. Texas Ave.

For tickets, go to baytownlittletheater.org or call 281-424-7617. BLT’s Christmas productions usually sell out, so get your tickets early.

The play is based on the 1947 20th Century Fox movie of the same name. It is the heartwarming story of an elderly man, Kris Kringle, who gets a job as Santa in New York’s Macy’s department store. His warmth and good will spread and bring Christmas goodwill to everyone around him—especially a woman who is not inclined to believe he is who he claims to be.

Jeff Luchsinger is in the role of Kris Kringle.

Rotaxlyn Hudson is the somewhat cynical Doris Walker, who is gradually persuaded by her daughter (Abbey Holman) and neighbor (Reynaldo Bueno Jr.).

Other actors in the play are Briana Blacknell, Keleigh Brooks, Samantha Calma, Sky Cantrell, Nohelia Cantu, Miles Ebow, Jan Herring Seeley, Teagan Holcomb, Alison Jannise, Julia Jay, Amira Lewis, Carol McBeth, Michael McDonough, John Meiners Jr., Haden Nugent, Layla St. John, Douglas Taylor, Jacob Vaughan, Jordan Vaughan and Jennifer Young.

The play is directed by Patti Meiners. Tammy Calaway is assistant manager and Mary Lou Martin is production manager.

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