A Miracle on 34th Street Classic Radiocast

By Nathan Jerkins
Directed by Rosalind Faires

December 9-19, 2021

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The players at the fictional KPNF radio station return to put their stamp on another holiday classic: Miracle on 34th Street. As they bring to life the entire story through dozens of character voices and live foley sound effects, you’ll be re-introduced to Kris Kringle, the charming Macy’s mascot put on trial for claiming to be the real Santa Claus. Besieged by commercialism and disillusionment, winning the trial and restoring his friends’ faith in the most precious, intangible parts of Christmas will require Kris to perform nothing short of a miracle!

“Penfold’s classic radiocast of Miracle on 34th Street cannot fail to plunge you into the Christmas spirit!” -Austin American Statesman

Price: $16-$45
Run time: 90 minutes
For ages: 5+

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Dates & Locations

DECEMBER 9-18, 2021

Old Settlers Association of Williamson County

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Matinee on Saturday, December 18 at 2:30pm

3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd
Round Rock, TX 78665
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Parking: Free parking in surface parking lot. 

DECEMBER 19, 2021

The Driskill Hotel

Sunday, December 19 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

604 Brazos Street
Austin, TX 78701
See map

Parking: Paid parking by valet, on the street and in nearby garages and surface lots. 

Great Plays in Great Places Series

The Great Plays in Great Places Series features stories that are inspired by, in conversation with or performed in unique places across the region.

The Driskill, a Romanesque-style building completed in 1886, is the oldest operating hotel in Austin and one of the best-known in Texas generally. The Driskill was conceived and built by Col. Jesse Driskill, a cattleman who spent his fortune constructing “the finest hotel south of St. Louis”. Still an icon of local luxury, the Driskill is decorated lavishly for Christmas every year to welcome visitors from across the nation and the world.

Special Events

Saturday, December 11: Preshow performance by the Yuletide Carolers

Singers from the Round Rock Community Choir will perform in Victorian costume starting at 6:50pm, so come early and enjoy an extra infusion of holiday cheer!

Saturday, December 11: ASL interpretation

ASL interpretation will be provided for members of our deaf community. To take advantage of this service, please select at ticket type that includes “+ ASL” during checkout. Then check out the safety video below for information about COVID-19.

Saturday, December 11: First Saturday Soiree

Stay after the show to celebrate opening weekend with the cast and creative team! Food and drinks will be provided. To reserve your place, please select a ticket type that includes “+ Soiree” during checkout.

Saturday, December 19: Preshow performance by the Central Texas Philharmonic

Musicians from the Central Texas Philharmonic will treat audience members to a holiday-themed chamber performance beginning at 6:50pm. It’s a festive addition to our final performance at the Driskill Hotel!

Cast

Production Team

Adapted by Nathan Jerkins
Director, Rosalind Faires
Stage Manager, Maxine Dillon
Production Manager, Lindsay Scarbrough
Costume Designer, Jenny Hanna Chambers
Sound Designer, Buzz Moran
Set Designer, Desi Roybal
Sound Engineer, Brett Weaver
Lighting Technician, Kiersta Hoover

 

Critical Praise

Penfold's classic radiocast of Miracle on 34th Street cannot fail to plunge you into the Christmas spirit!

-Austin American Statesman

As Kris Kringle reminds us, 'Christmas isn't just a day, it's a frame of mind,' and Penfold's well-executed production encourages the very sense of togetherness to help us get there.

-Austin Chronicle

A delightful, charming, amusing, imaginative, clever, fun production that will have even the most curmudgeonly Scrooge leaving the theater with the warm spirit of the holiday season in his or her heart.

-Austin Entertainment Weekly

Softens hearts, raises up the innocent, gigs the commercialism of the season, and provides a thoroughly happy ending!

-Central Texas Live Theatre

Nomination for Best Professional Play / Musical

-‘Round the Rock

COVID-19 Safety Measures

General Precautions

We will clean the facilities before and after each event. Hand sanitizer and disposable masks will also be provided. Exchanges or refunds will be available to those who need to change their reservation due to safety concerns.

Additional Precautions by Risk Level

The following precautions will be implemented based on the COVID-19 risk level established by the City of Austin.

Stages 1 and 2

Please stay home if you are sick or have been recently exposed to COVID-19.
Masks are recommended for the unvaccinated.

Stage 3

Please stay home if you are sick or have been recently exposed to COVID-19.
Consider staying home if you are at high risk for COVID-19.
Masks are required for all guests.
Note: capacity is capped at 75%.

Stages 4 and 5

Please stay home if you are sick or have been recently exposed to COVID-19.
Please stay home if you are at high risk for COVID-19.
Masks are required for all guests.
Proof of a negative COVID test within the last three days will be required. (Proof of vaccination will be accepted in place of a negative COVID test. Walgreens offers free, drive-thru testing.)
Note: capacity is capped at 50%
Note: concessions will be closed for Stage 5

Season Sponsors

Bloomberg Philantropies
Cultural Arts - City of Austin Economic Development
Round Rock - Arts & Culture
Edward Jones - Larry Najvar
P&B Print and Design Studio
Texas Commission of the Arts