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Brevard Little Theatre Prepares To Stage Classic 'Yes, Virginia...' – Brevard NC


November 14, 2016

Pictured are cast members Jonathan Forrester, Beth Bristol, Jenny Lee, Caroline Ramsey, Sophie Dunbar, Cali Garcia, Avery Snarey and Doug Campen. Not pictured are Courtney Rollins and Abby McCall. (Courtesy photo)

Explaining Santa Claus to young children is a dilemma all parents face. Attempting to keep the magic alive and also to portray the true spirit of Christmas, they grapple with the young ones' questions and curiosities.

With an authentic story that dates back to 1897, 10 actors with Brevard Little Theatre bring to life the play by Jamie Gorski that is based on the New York Sun's editorial entitled, "Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus." In it 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon writes a letter to editor Francis Parcellus Church asking whether Santa Claus really exists. His answer has become a piece of classic Christmas literature, and is reprinted during the holiday season in nearly every newspaper in America.

Director Colby Coren, assistant director Bonnie Clark, and director of production Barbara Grimm all praise the production highly, saying it is a heart-warming story, perfectly cast, and a real embodiment of the Christmas spirit. They advise patrons to reserve their tickets early because there are only four shows, all of which are likely to be sell-outs.

The cast includes Sophie Dunbar as Virginia, Caroline Ramsey as Samantha, Beth Bristol as Mrs. O'Hanlon, Jonathan Forrester as Mr. O'Hanlon, Courtney Rollins as Hannah Parker, Avery Snarey as Mary Lou Parker, Cali Garcia as Wendy Parker, Doug Campen as Francis Church, Jenny Lee as Wanda Gibson, and Abby McCall as Martha.

The play will be staged at 55 E. Jordan St. at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2 and 3, as well as at 3 p.m. on Dec. 4. Tickets may be ordered by calling 884-2587 or visiting the box office Dec. 1 and 2 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., or by coming to the theater one hour prior to a performance. For more information, contact or or visit them on Facebook.


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