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HCHS stages ‘Miracle on 34th Street’

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The cast of ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ at HCHS / November 27, 2019
Halifax County High School theatre cast and crew have been busy learning lines and building the set for the production of “Miracle on 34th Street,” which opens Dec. 12 and runs through Dec. 14 at the HCHS auditorium. The production is also a fund raiser for a 2019 HCHS graduate Caroline Laughorn in her ongoing battle with leukemia.

The 1947 film has become a perennial Christmas favorite. The story takes place between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day in New York City, and focuses on the effect of a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa.

Over 40 community members ages six to 75 have been hard at work since the start of September to help bring this Christmas classic to life. There will be cameo appearances by Superintendent of Schools Mark Lineburg, HCHS Principal Michael Lewis, and hopefully a few more community celebrities who are still being contacted.

“Faith is believing in something common sense tells you not too,” said Devin Hall, the play’s director. This is a line from “Miracle on 34th Street” that carries two meanings for the cast and crew — one being Santa is proven to be real, the other being the very real possibility of finding cures for cancer.

Peyton Ferguson is assisting Hall with the student-led cast. “I always wanted to help with plays and musicals in town, when Devin asked me to be assistant director, of course I said yes,” she said.

“We are currently seeking sponsors to be featured in the play program,” said Hall. If you would like to support “Miracle on 34th Street,” your business or name will be featured in the playbill and no donation is too small: Players $1-49, Patrons $50-99 Producers $100 or more.

Show dates are Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m., and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. All tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door and checks can be made out to HCHS. Concessions will be available for purchase.

The play’s hopeful message carries over to the young woman and her family that the door proceeds will support.

“Caroline Laughorn is having a courageous journey battling cancer,” said Hall. The fund raiser idea for Laughorn came from following her struggles on social media. “We can act, we can perform and this is the way we could make a contribution,” said Hall. All proceeds from the show will be donated to Caroline Laughorn and family.

“It’s amazing to see a community come together to support a local family,” said Ferguson. This show has a sense of magic and to help out a local family makes it even more magical.

“We continue to pray for a miracle for Caroline as we produce ‘Miracle on 34th Street,’” said Hall. There are three positive support mottos from the cast and crew: “once a Comet always a Comet,” “We believe, we believe, we believe,” and hashtag, “a miracle for a miracle.”

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