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Barter Theatre Kicks Off National Tour of "Miracle on 34th Street" with Special "Barter" Event/Food Drive at The Paramount Center for the Arts

November 23, 2011

Share the holiday season with a traditional Christmas story and help feed the hungry by bartering canned goods for admission for Barter Theatre’s Broadway-style musical, “Miracle on 34th Street,” at The Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, TN, November 23 at 7:30 p.m. This is the first performance to kick-off Barter Theatre’s national tour, plus, Barter is pleased to announce a partnership with the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry to bring this special, one-night only community event to Bristol.

As a tribute to Barter Theatre’s early days, patrons can gain entry to this performance by bringing non-perishable food. “Barter Theatre is pleased to work with The Paramount to present a performance of ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ as a special gift to the community, with food proceeds going to the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry,” said Richard Rose, Barter's producing artistic director. “In the spirit of this inspiring show, we can all share our spirit of giving; everyone is welcome to come share in this Christmas tradition – just bring canned goods or give a donation.”

“Canned soup, fruit, meat, pasta with meat, small bags of rice, dried beans and any kind of canned vegetable would be greatly appreciated,” said Director of the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry, Jim White.

“It is hard to imagine that the hustle and bustle and the commercialization of Christmas was as rampant in the New York of 1947 as it is today. But according to “Miracle on 34th Street,” it is true. This enchanting story is a classic because the messages in this play are still, and perhaps even more, relevant today,” said Mary Lucy Bivins, director of the show.

“’Miracle on 34th Street” is a traditional celebration of the magic that is Christmas and will warm the heart of any cynic. It’s truly perfect for the entire family,” said Richard Rose, producing artistic director of Barter Theatre.

Based on the 1947 movie by Valentine Davies, this is the heartfelt story of a white-bearded gentleman in New York City claiming to be the real Santa Claus. He brings about a genuine miracle, spreading a wave of love throughout the city and convincing a single mother, her somber daughter, a packed courthouse and the entire state of New York that magic is possible when we believe!

The story has been made and remade several times, but, as Rose said, “One of the best parts of this version is that it’s a musical! We are bringing ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ across the country to offer people an alternative to the holiday shows that they’ve seen over and over again. Even though this story is familiar, a new twist is added because of the music.”

Songs, written by Doug Smith include “’Tis the Season,” “This Is What I Live For,” “Just Imagine,” and “I Believe in Miracles.”

The music and inspiration of this story reminds us that we don’t have to be young child to believe in the spirit of Christmas, just young at heart.
“Miracle on 34th Street,” will play at The Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, TN, on November 23 only, and is sponsored by SJ Strategic Investments LLC. General admission seating begins at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30. For more information on Barter Theatre visit www.BarterTheatre.com or call 276.628.3991.