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Another ‘Miracle’ comes to The Haven

Christmas miracles can happen on West Cherokee Street, too.

For Brookhaven Little Theatre’s Emily Waterloo, that would be to find the perfect cast for the upcoming “Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical.”

Waterloo, the executive director of BLT, believes that with the quality of actors in Lincoln County and the surrounding areas, she’ll see that happen.

“There is so much talent here,” she said.

Auditions are today at 10 a.m. and Monday at 6 p.m. at The Haven at 126 West Cherokee St.

Directors Celeste Lowery and Sarah Underwood are looking for a lead adult female, 30-40 years old, a lead adult female child (age 7-9), two lead males (age 30-40), lead male to be Santa (age 55-70) and a lead male (age 45-65.)

Waterloo points out that those are stage ages rather than actual ages required of the actors.

They also need ensemble actors to be shoppers, children, government officials and townspeople. Several of the ensemble roles will include speaking parts.

“It could end up being about the size of ‘Mary Poppins,’” she said. “We want to encourage everyone to come and audition.”

It’s a musical so strong vocals and some dance experience is a plus, she said.

“Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical” is Valentine Davies’ story of a mall Santa who claims to be the real St. Nick. He is arrested and institutionalized for his crime, prompting a noble lawyer and a young girl to rush to his side to help prove his innocence and more importantly, his true identity.

Everyone who wants to be cast must participate in the closed audition, Waterloo said. Actors will read from a script and sing a prepared song, either a capella or with accompaniment track on a CD or electronic devise.

Those selected can expect weekly rehearsals.

“It’s definitely a commitment,” she said. “We hope to have a great turnout.”

Performances of “Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical” will be Dec. 1-3 and Dec. 8-10.

Rehearsals for “Driving Miss Daisy” are currently underway. That show will be Sept. 29-30, Oct. 1 and Oct. 6-8.

Waterloo said auditions for “The Odd Couple” will be in late October or early November and they’ll have auditions for “Peter Pan” before Christmas.

“Maybe in late November,” she said.

“The Odd Couple” is set for Feb. 9-11 and Feb. 16-18. “Peter Pan” will be performed April 27-29 and May 4-6.