Bonzi Productions presents Miracle on 34th Street

Holiday classic takes the stage at Rockton Hononegah Dec. 9-11

Bonzi Productions is at it again. After a highly successful run of The Wizard of Oz this past summer, Bonzi Productions is ready to offer its second theatrical installment with the Christmas classic Miracle on 34th Street.

The 1947 classic starred little Natalie Wood as Susan, Maureen O’Hara as Doris Walker, John Payne as Fred Gailey, and Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle (winning the Oscar for his role in this movie). This show clearly matches up with Bonzi’s theme of providing quality family theater.

The premise of the story concerns a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus, is institutionalized as insane, and then a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. Along the way, stand-offish Doris and her imagination-suppressed daughter learn “faith is believing in things even when common sense tells you not to.”

Director Michele Bonzi has all the faith in the world in her highly talented cast of 38. Several well-known repeat actors are back to entertain, such as Jack Newton, Todd Bonzi, Madeline Rappa as Doris, Claire Johnson, Doug Rappa as Kris Kringle, and featuring Kalie Powder as Susan.

“The exciting part of all this is that we have a good mix of returning and new actors to this production,” said Todd Bonzi. “It gives us a chance to continue to provide acting opportunities for people in Rockford and the surrounding areas.

“Christmas is our favorite time of the year, and we’ve wanted to do a family Christmas show for the past couple of years. This show will bring out the best in all of us,” Todd Bonzi said.

To see Macy’s in the ’40s come alive on the beautiful Rockton Hononegah High School stage is a spectacle to be seen. The show comes complete with a pre-show of carolers and a special visit by Santa himself. Again sponsored by DPS Inc., this wholesome family show will put you in the Christmas spirit, and provide a night or afternoon of highly entertaining theater.

See the cast at the Rockton Christmas Walk and Parade Dec. 3.

Tickets are $7 adults, $5 seniors and kids. Call 394-8987 to reserve seats. You may also call this number if you wish to be involved with set construction, backstage work, or as a donating sponsor.

Performances run Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

From the Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2005, issue

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