Bring the family to renew your magic of Christmas at Little Theatre’s “Yes, Virginia”

The cast of “Yes, Virginia.”

Goldie Samardzija as Virginia and Elizabeth Wadle as her friend.

Eli Hannon as a caroler.

Brandon Dudley as Francis Church, the young reporter.

Photos and information by Chad Parrette and Katy Gartland 

The holiday season can sometimes cause one to lose faith. But when 8-year-old Virginia loses faith in Santa Claus, it’s time for media reassurance. The LaPorte Little Theatre presents “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” Dec. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16.

This heartwarming play follows Virginia (played by Goldie Samardzija) as she and her friend Mary Jo (Norah Richardson) are faced with the question so many young children ask every year: “Is there a Santa Claus?” Virginia hears her father (Adam Wogomon) exclaim that the New York Sun is the ultimate resource for truth. Virginia decides to write a letter to the paper for the definite answer to her life-changing question.

With the support of her mother (Kristin Allison) and her older sister (Elizabeth Wadle), the entire family is happily surprised when the answer to the question is revealed in the paper by a young reporter, Francis Church (Brandon Dudley). The reporter is about to lose his job if he does not produce a great article. Francis not only surprises his editor (Doug Campbell), but helps to revive Virginia’s and her family’s faith in Santa.

Director Matt Robinson, assisted by Jackie Robinson and Tony J. Thomas, transitions scenes throughout the show with holiday carols. A full chorus of carolers of all ages are led by musicians Matt Robinson, Norah Gartland and Marie Parrette.

If you and your family are ready to lift your spirits and renew your faith in family and kindness, come see “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” at LaPorte Little Theatre on Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8 and 9 at 2 p.m., Dec. 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.  

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