HARRISBURG — The Southeastern Illinois College Theatre will perform the heartwarming classic "Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical" at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 3.
The play tells the story of single mother Doris Walker (Callie Smith of Eldorado), who doesn’t want her 6-year-old Susan’s (Rosie Robinson of Harrisburg) head filled with romantic notions. Their neighbor, Fred Gailey (Jordan Richey of Benton), tries to woo Doris by charming Susan and taking her to see Santa Claus at Macy’s, where Doris works. Doris is not impressed, but when it turns out that Macy’s Santa may, in fact, be the real Kris Kringle (Alex McRoy of Harrisburg), a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical hearts.
All performances will be in the George T. Dennis Visual and Performing Arts Center. Seating is reserved. General admission is $10. Cost for students, staff and seniors is $8.
SIC is also hosting two additional holiday events.
A holiday dinner catered by BBQ Barn in Harrisburg will be at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in the theater lobby. The cost is $25 per person or $130 for a table of six, and includes tickets to see "Miracle on 34th Street" immediately following dinner that evening.
There will also be silent auction items up for bid during the dinner and at intermission on Friday night only. Seating is limited and must be reserved by Monday, Nov. 27. Money raised will benefit student scholarships and support.
SIC will also host a breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in the Harry L. Crisp Student Center Cafeteria. The cost is $5 per person and will include a pancake breakfast and a picture with Santa. Upon registration for this event, tickets to "Miracle on 34th Street" can be purchased at a discounted rate of $5 for any showing. Registration is requested by Nov. 27.
Reservations for the holiday dinner, breakfast with Santa and tickets to performances may be purchased by calling 618-252-5400, ext. 2468 or ext. 2487, or 618-841-4649.