Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus opens November 1!

Inspired by a simple, poignant letter written over 100 years ago by 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon to the editor of the New York Sun—and by the timeless editorial response printed on the front page of the Sun.


The production team for Yes Virginia is very excited to announce the cast and crew!


Edward P. Mitchell – Jim Hull;

Frank P. Church – Benjamin Dobbs;

Andrea Borland – Malynda Blevins;

Teddy Murray – Gavin Houck;

Newspaper Girl– Beth Hansen;

James O’Hanlon – Wesley Javorsky;

Evie O’Hanlon    - Charissa Berrong;

Virginia O’Hanlon – Jovi KayLynn;

Sean O’Hanlon – Colton Hileman;

Dominic Donneli/Cornelius Barrington/Mr. Schuller – Mark Henry;

Celeste Donneli – Tosha Varner;

Maria Donneli – Madilynn Davidson;

Julie – Brylie Driskill;

Susan – Brighton Varner;

Mrs. Goldstein – Julie K. Barnett;

Officer Flynn – Jaiden Dobbs;

The Thief/ Santa Kid 1 – Declan Blevins;

Hallelujah Kids - Gabriela Abraham, Jeremiah Abraham, Josiah Abraham, Olivia Campbell, Izzy Enochs, Lola Enochs, Tobi Green, Beth Hansen, Teia Lund, Ava Sewell;

Goss – Daniel Mildren;

Tom Pryor – Cameron Blevins;

Chambers – Ryan Driskill;

Otho – Brandt Arganbright;

Shannon – Lane Gateley;

O’Hara – Michael Berrong;

Red – Zach Perry;

Scotty – Jacob Staggs;

Anderson – Shawn Wilson;

Santa – Cordell Santa Claus;

Santa Kid 2 – Uriah Blevins;

Homeless Woman – Mundy Berrong; and,

Church Lady – Madison Gilbert.  


Director – Ashby de la Plaine;

Producer – Charissa Berrong;

Stage Manager – Malynda Blevins;

Costumer – Julie K. Barnett;

Scenic Artist - Ashley Underwood;

Prop Master – Sheila Altland;

Light Technician – Dirk Day;

Sound Technician – Emma Brown;

Film Editor/Music & Vocals – Sean Pritchett;

Set - Scott Campbell, Benjamin Dobbs, Corben Dobbs, Ryan Driskill, Dean McSpadden;

Box Office – Sharon Hull; and,

Usher Coordinator – Tracye Kelly.


Two compelling stories come together in this heartwarming play inspired by the famous editorial Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. On Christmas Eve, 1897, in New York City, eight-year-old Virginia is left pondering whether or not Santa really exists after a series of unhappy events. Virginia wondered and wrote: "Dear Editor, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says if you see it in the Sun, it's so. Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?" Ed Mitchell, the Sun's editor, gives the assignment of answering Virginia's letter to Frank Church who, until his wife and baby died last Christmas Eve, was the Sun's best and most dependable reporter. Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus is a play for young and old, magically reaffirming life's highest beauty and joy—"the eternal light with which childhood fills the world."


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