The Ottumwa Courier

December 14, 2012

‘Miracle’ takes on musical form at Sondheim Center

Ottumwa Courier

FAIRFIELD — Rediscover the magic of believing wishes can come true and miracles still happen in Meredith Willson’s musical production, “Miracle on 34th Street The Musical,” at 3 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.

Kris Kringle takes on the cynics among us in this musical adaptation of the popular holiday favorite. In his inimitable style, Willson tells us the classic story of the year. A white-bearded gentleman claiming to be the real Santa Claus brings about a genuine Miracle on 34th Street, spreading a wave of love throughout New York City, fostering camaraderie between Macy’s and Gimbel’s Department Stores and convincing a divorced, cynical single mother, her somber daughter and the entire state of New York that Santa Claus is no myth.

Filled with humor, spectacle and such beloved songs as “Pinecones and Hollyberries,” “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” and “My State, My Kansas,” this joyous, heart-warming musical is pure family entertainment.

As a special treat for children of all ages the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center will be hosting photos with Santa Claus prior to the show at no cost. Patrons will have the opportunity to capture the magic of holiday cheer found in a child’s smile stretching from ear to ear. Photos start at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are $32 for Zone 1, $28 for Zone 2, $23 for Zone 3 and youth tickets are $12 and available at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center Ticket Office, 641-472-2787 and

Convention Center holding toy drive in conjunction with show

The Fairfield Arts and Convention Center is spreading holiday cheer throughout the community this year with its first annual Local Toy Drive. Help make a child’s Christmas wish come true this year by dropping off a new or gently used toy donation in the toy bin at the Ticket Office.

In conjunction with the “Miracle on 34th Street The Musical,” donations will be accepted at the ticket office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23.

Toys for boys and girls of all ages are welcome and both wrapped and unwrapped donations will be accepted. For all wrapped toys, please provide a tag with the appropriate gender and age of child the donation is intended for.

The center is partnering with the Fairfield Fire Department, Hy-Vee and KMCD/Classic 96 in this toy drive. Donations will also be accepted at Hy-Vee.

For more information, call 641-472-2787.