Miracle on Erie Street

St. Clair County Community of Mental Health performs “Miracle on 34th Street”

The twelfth annual Community Mental Health (CMH) Christmas play brought almost a full house to SC4’s Fine Arts Theatre last Saturday, Nov. 9.

Friends and family of the CMH players laughed and rejoiced as their loved ones on stage acted out scenes from Mountain Community Theatre’s adaptation of “Miracle on 34th Street.”

Tickets at the door were $7, but for director Bryan Day, the money raised was not a measure of success.

We really measure the reward of this play by sending out the message about mental health,” said Day.

Miracle on 34th Street” follows the story of Kris Kringle, a friendly shopping mall Santa who claims to be the real Santa Claus. Because he insists that he is the real Santa and not only a product of myth, the majority of the town believes that he is crazy.

After a drawn out trial concludes that the jolly Kris Kringle wasn’t crazy at all, the characters come to embrace the fact that Kringle is not mentally ill- sending the message that just because a person is different does not mean that they are crazy.

Mike McCartan, the actor who played Kris Kringle, was all smiles as he greeted audience members after the play and signed his autograph on multiple programs.

Miracle on 34th Street” marks McCartan’s twelfth play with CMH, and was also his second time playing the character of Kris Kringle. “It was great fun. Great to see the diversity onstage, great audience, great facility, and a great way to start the season,” McCartan said.

The CMH Players seemed to have nothing but good things to say about the entire experience. “I like seeing new people get involved in our plays,” CMH Player Erica Lyons said. “I like seeing the old people who have been doing the plays for a long time too.”

The St. Clair County Community of Mental Health will continue to perform “Miracle on 34th Street” at the Pix Theatre in Lapeer on Friday Nov. 22, and also at the Firebird Theatre in Sandusky on Thursday Dec. 5. Tickets will be sold at $7 each.

For more information on upcoming performances and to purchase tickets, call the St. Clair County CMH at (810) 985-8900.

 

Angie Stoecklin

Staff Writer

Contact Angie at angelastoecklin0814@gmail.com

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