The HHS Drama Club performed their fall production of Miracle on 34th Street in late December, once again pleasing the Hopatcong community. The show, directed by HHS English/Drama teacher, Mr. Joe Ross, boasted a well-put together cast and an exciting, yet endearing story. In every scene, the audience could feel Kris Kringle’s (senior Devon O’Donnell) emotion; his convincing portrayal of the supposed Santa Clause was enough to draw the entire crowd in.
Every character, from lead roles (senior Crystal Vizueta, senior Sean Higgins, and sophomore Brianna Mauer) to the several background extras (junior Naomi Kuren, sophomore Selena Figueroa, junior Alejandra Flores, and many others), gave their all in every performance.
The plot itself was enough to keep the audience excited and wondering what would happen next. Kris Kringle, an old man who believes himself to be the real Santa Claus, stumbles upon a Macy’s store where he meets Doris (Vizueta) and Susan Walker (Mauer), a mother and daughter who have lost all faith in happy endings and fairy tales. After he is put away for saying he is Santa, Fred Gailey (Higgins), a lawyer in love with Doris, puts his career on the line to free Kris and win over Doris at the same time.
There were several interesting characters and occurrences along the way of this heartfelt production, which is based on the original 1947 film. Kringle meets his match with Albert Sawyer (senior Ryan Taesler), the employee of Macy’s that is determined to have Kris put away for good. Students from the younger schools, including the Middle School, Durban Avenue, and Tulsa Trail were successfully cast as background children.
Each night of the show (December 17th-20th), was a great success and rightly so. Although the audience was a tad smaller than usual, everyone who attended was seemingly happy with the production as they clapped and cheered approvingly.
The HHS Drama Club is very excited and looking forward to the upcoming spring musical, coming April 7th-10th, of the fun-packed production of Carnival.