Arts Center of the Ozarks
214 S Main St
Springdale, AR, United States, 72764
NWAAT recreates the Lux Radio Theatre version of “Miracle on 34th Street”
Miracle on 34th Street tells the story of a single mother raising her daughter to not believe in fiction or fantasy, to protect her from being hurt in life. She must deal with a “Santa Claus” whom she has hired to ride in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and to be the department store Santa, who really believes that he is Kris Kringle. As the story progresses, she and her daughter come to believe in Christmas, Santa, and love. Kris brings happiness to the children he meets in the store, manages to share his Christmas spirit with the owners of the Department Store, and gets involved in a court battle to prove that he really is Santa Claus. Christmas miracles can certainly happen.
The original story, written by Valentine Davies and published as a novel, was made into an Academy Award Winning Movie in 1947. The movie starred Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood, and Edmund Gwenn, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his character, Kris Kringle. The movie is a Christmas holiday favorite and frequently makes top 100 lists of the greatest movies in American film history. The actors performed a radio version of the movie on Luxe Radio Theater in 1947 and 1948 and again in 1950 for Screen Director’s Playhouse.
Northwest Arkansas Audio Theater (NWAAT) will be recreating the Luxe Radio Theater version for our ACO audience. NWAAT presents theatrical productions in the style of radio theater as performed during the 1940’s, complete with actors, music, and sound effects. As the studio audience, you will get to participate in the story. Come join us!