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MIDDLETOWN: FULL-TIME SANTA, TEMP ELF

Miracle34thEach tells a tale of Christmas set in a Macy’s department store. One is earnest and uplifting, and involves a real Santa mistaken for a fake one. The other is less so, and centers on an elf no one would ever mistake for the real thing.

Both make their way to the Greater Red Bank Green this weekend.

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RED BANK: ALL-FEMALE TAKE ON SHAKESPEARE

two river theater posterAn all-female cast of area high school students brings a special “Little Shakespeare” version of “Pericles” to life at Two River Theater this week.

Even as the all-male cast of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum continues to make merry on the mainstage of Two River Theater, the Red Bank institution’s black-box Marion Huber performance space gears up for a special presentation of a centuries-old classic with a distaff twist.

Running an extended schedule of school shows and public performances now through December 12, William Shakespeare’s Pericles offers an abridged version of the circa-1607 tragical history tour as the latest in Two River Theater Company’s annual student-actor project known as “A Little Shakespeare.”

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RUMSON: ‘MIRACLE’ ON RIDGE ROAD

r-fhPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Does Santa Claus really exist? The award-winning Tower Players at  Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School want you to “believe,” and will make their case in the most entertaining way with Miracle on 34th Street, the Play.

The comedy/drama, sure to delight audiences of all ages, takes the stage in the RFH auditorium at 7:30 pm on Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13, and at 1 pm on Sunday, December 14.

Directed by Suzanne Sweeney and based on the script of the Oscar-winning 1947 holiday movie favorite (as well as the novel by Valentine Davies), the show is part nostalgic throwback and part cutting-edge entertainment, boasting spectacular dance numbers as well as a rousing rock-based soundtrack.

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