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EVCT Presents Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

WHO: East Valley Children's Theatre; 32 cast members age 8-18 from all over the Valley, including Isabella Garrett, daughter of an EVCT cast member for many years (Nicole Bacerra), early in EVCT's 21 year history.

WHAT: Production of Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus. Book by Karen Rolston, Music and Lyrics by Kathie McMahon

WHEN: Nov. 30-Dec. 10. Thursdays & Fridays, 7pm; Saturdays 4pm & 7pm, Sundays, 2pm

WHERE: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa

TICKETS: $15 for adults, $11 for children at the Mesa Arts Center box office, 480-644-6500, or

Two compelling stories come together in this heartwarming play inspired by the famous editorial by Francis P. Church in the New York Sun Times on Christmas Eve in 1897. Eight-year-old Virginia is left pondering whether or not Santa really exists after a series of unhappy events. Meanwhile, a newspaper editor also struggles against tough holiday times as he is faced with losing his job if he can't find his writer's voice by morning. Even though they don't know each other, the spirit of Christmas is about to bring these two together, creating in the process an unforgettable and cherished part of classic Christmas folklore. Winner of two ariZoni Awards in 2016, Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus is the collaboration of EVCT's Producing Artistic Director Karen Rolston and local writer and composer Kathie McMahon. A great holiday show for the entire family.


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