Expect a ‘Miracle on Main Street’ for Murphy Theatre’s Christmas show

Grand piano makes Christmas show debut

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WILMINGTON — Inspired by both the classic movie and the musical “Miracle on 34th Street”, this year’s Murphy Theatre Christmas show, “Miracle on Main Street”, will feature a one-of-a-kind listening experience, according to director Timothy Larrick.

“When the Murphy Theatre was built in 1918, there was no sound system and no microphones — acoustics were designed into the architecture of the building,” said Larrick. “‘Miracle on Main Street’ will take you back to those days with several songs featuring the Murphy Theatre’s newly acquired grand piano and a full choir with no artificial amplification.”

The piano, a gift of the Leland Foundation, has been featured in several shows since its arrival in May and Larrick expects its Murphy Christmas show debut to be memorable.

“I’m especially excited for everyone to hear the end of the first act,” said Larrick. “It truly is a miracle that our audience will get to experience the Murphy Theatre as Charles Murphy meant for them to experience it when it was built in 1918.”

In addition to the live acoustic performances, this year’s show will incorporate several new acts, as well as community favorites from years past, including groups from Wilmington High School, Clinton-Massie High School, East Clinton High School, and, of course, the Murphy Kids.

“It will be one of our biggest casts ever,” said Larrick. “Maybe our biggest.”

Choreographer Alexia Minton is back with outstanding dance routines. Costumer designer Linda Rinehart also returns with new costumes and a whole new look for the show.

An annual family favorite, the Murphy Christmas show, conducted in partnership with the Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau, is a traditional launch to the holiday season for many. Come join the Murphy Theatre Christmas cast as they sing and dance their way into your hearts and your holidays.

“Miracle on Main Street” will be presented by the Murphy Theatre, in partnership with the Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau, on Friday, Dec. 13 (7:30 p.m.), Saturday, Dec. 14 (2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.), and Sunday, Dec. 15 (a 2 p.m. matinee). For tickets, contact the Murphy Theatre box office at 937-382-3643 or go to www.themurphytheatre.org to make online reservations.

Grand piano makes Christmas show debut

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