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'Miracle on 34th Street'

Published: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 3:53 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 4:09 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — Festival 56 will present the holiday classic, "Miracle on 34th Street," as a live radio play on Saturday. This special community event takes place at the Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St., Princeton. The show will be broadcast live over WZOE at 10:30 a.m. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., complimentary coffee and baked goods from the new Flour House Bakery will be available in the lobby.

In what has become an annual Festival 56 holiday tradition, the radio play cast will be local civic leaders and community members. Sound effects will be created by "Foley artists," just like in the early days of radio.

This year the cast will be Steve Bouslog, VP-senior financial consultant, Heartland Bank and Trust Company; Terri Simon, editor, Bureau County Republican/Putnam County Record; Lindsay Philhower, owner/instructor, Main Street Dance Academy; Al Forristall, market president, Midland States Bank; Rex Conger, president and CEO, Perry Memorial Hospital; Connie Kauffman, retired children’s librarian, Princeton Public Library; Jay Schneider, owner, Apollo Theater; Dale Fiste, retired farmer/cattle feeder and director of the Covered Bridge Barbershop Harmony Chorus; and Mike Smith, vice president/regional business development officer, Centrue Bank.

The Bureau County Chorus will also entertain the audience with holiday classics.

Dave Roden, school social worker for the Henry-Stark Counties Special Education District and a veteran Festival 56 actor, is directing the radio play. Cyndi Olson, Taylor Tieman and Kerry Ryan will handle sound effects. The show is made possible because of the support of WZOE, the Bureau County Republican and Gary Swanson, GES Sound Services.

Miracle on 34th Street is a special event separate from the regular Festival 56 season. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Festival 56 Box Office, open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They may also be purchased by calling 815-879-5656 or online at

The Grace Performing Arts Center is completely accessible and ample nearby parking is available.

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