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Here comes Santa Claus

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LeGacy Presents offers up two Christmas shows this year — at the Nevada Theatre in downtown Nevada City and at the Off Center Stage in downtown Grass Valley.

“Miracle on 34th Street” returns to the Nevada Theatre from Friday through Dec. 30. Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday matinees.

“The 2009 hit for LeGacy was so loved by audiences it is a pleasure to bring it back,” said producer Sue LeGate. “We are blessed to have Judy Blake direct our big Christmas show once again. She did a beautiful job the last two years with ‘Tiny Tim’s Christmas’ and ‘A Christmas Story’ … she has great vision and is absolutely wonderful with adults and kids alike. We are very excited!”

Heading up the local all-star cast is Jed Dixon (“The Full Monty,” “Next to Normal,” “Angry Housewives,” “Assassins,” “Greater Tuna”) as Kris Kringle, the kind-hearted department store Santa who is convinced he is the real thing. Amber Busse and Lucy Gardner split the role of Susan Walker, the little girl who wants to believe Kris but common sense tells her not to. Susan’s mother, Macy’s Doris Walker, is played by Kate Haight (“Crimes of the Heart,” “Angry Housewives”). Danny McCammon (“Greater Tuna,” “Teahouse of the August Moon,” “Assassins”) is Fred Gailey, the lawyer in charge of defending Kris’ sanity in court, although opposed by the woman he loves, Doris. The 32-member cast also features Patrick Moore, Dinah Smith, JR Lewis, Cap Wallington, Brian Arnold, John King, Ty Baldwin and Shawnna Frazer. Audiences can expect music and dancing, along with a talented cast, making this a must see for the whole family this holiday season, LeGate said.

LeGacy will also present “Every Christmas Story Ever Told” at the Off Center Stage, 314 Richardson St., Grass Valley (located directly behind The Center for the Arts). The production will run Nov. 30 through Dec. 30. Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday matinees.

“On the wings of ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespear … Abridged …Revised!’ … we are proud to have Scott Ewing direct for LeGacy again,” said LeGate. “Scott knows how to throw three crazy actors together for a hit … he did it with Shakespeare … and now he’s giving us another really funny show! Jay Barker (“Full Monty,” “Harold and Maude,” “Shakespeare”), Brandon Johnson (“A Few Good Men,” “Tiny Tim’s Christmas,” “I Hate Hamlet”) and T.E. Wolfe (“A Few Good Men,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “On the Waterfront”) have such great chemistry and comic timing.

In “Every Christmas Story Ever Told,” three actors are stuck doing “A Christmas Carol” for weeks are finally sick to death of the classic and break out to give the audience an incredibly crazy, funny, condensed beyond belief version of every Christmas story you can imagine — Grinch, Wonderful Life, Frosty and more.

The script is hysterical with Ewing and this trio of actors. You are guaranteed a laugh a minute, LeGate said.

Tickets for both shows are only $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Available at The Bookseller in Grass Valley, Harmony Books in Nevada City, online at http://www.legacypresents.com or by calling (530) 268 5419.

There is a special discount for those who purchase tickets to both shows. The discount is only available through the box office.

For information about either production, or showtimes, go to http://www.legacypresents.com.

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