Delaware Theater Spotlight

Monday, December 16, 2013

Miracle on 34th Street at the Wilmington Drama League

There is something magical about seeing a play about Santa Claus while it's snowing outside. I braved the elements this weekend to see Miracle on 34th Street The Musical at the Wilmington Drama League, and while there were some last minute changes because of complications brought about by the weather, the Wilmington Drama League still put on a very enjoyable show.

If you are unfamiliar with the story of The Miracle on 34th Street, it takes place between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve at Macy's Department Store in NYC in the 1940s. Jack Jordan plays Kris Kringle, who finds himself as the Santa in the toy department at Macy's. Jack Jordan's Kris is a delightful spirit. While he sometimes gets down about people not having faith in Santa anymore, he is exactly what you would imagine Santa is like in real life.

Aside from Jack Jordan, the two actors who really stand out in this show are Catherine Enslen, who plays Susan Walker, and Tim Sheridan, who plays Marvin Shellhammer—the junior executive at Macy's who is always trying to come up with the latest way to sell toys. Catherine is an absolute delight as Susy, and whenever she's onstage, you can't help but fall in love with her. She has a power house voice for such a young girl, too! Tim Sheridan steals all of the jokes in this show. It would be very easy for this character to come off as corny, but Tim is very endearing as Marvin Shellhammer.

The Wilmington Drama League chose to use the musical version of Miracle on 34th Street. With the exception of one song, "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" which is sung with "Pinecones and Holly Berries," none of the songs are very familiar. Meredith Wilson, who also wrote Music Man, wrote the book, music, and lyrics for this show as well. While some of the charm of the original story of Miracle on 34th Street is lost in translation, the actors in the Wilmington Drama League's production do their best with the material that they have. Some of the numbers, such as "Pinecones and Holly Berries," "Plastic Alligators," "Bugles," and "That Man Over There" really come to life.

The Wilmington Drama League's production of Miracle on 34th Street The Musical is one worth seeing, especially if you have kids. The story that it tells of a young girl who has been told her entire life that there are no such things as fairytales, princes, and Santas finding the magic of Christmas is one that never gets old.

Miracle on 34th Street runs until December 28. For tickets and information, call 302-764-1172 or visit

Posted at 12:31pm on December 16, 2013 by

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