Miracle on 34th Street

December 15-23, 2017
Fri & Sat @ 7:30pm/ Sat & (1st) Sun @ 2pm

Based on the 1948 Lux Radio broadcast, the Holiday classic comes to the OTC stage! A man calling himself Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade and proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain’s main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.


BEN WILLIAMS (Fred) Ben is happy to be working with the OTC team again. This past summer he was an instructor for OTC’s Youth Academy Summer Camp. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Theatre Arts from Cal State Long Beach. As an actor and singer Ben has performed in San Diego and Orange County. He was most recently seen performing at Legoland for Brick or Treat. Also this year, he performed at the Lawrence Welk Theatre in The Man Who Came to Dinner (Richard) and My Fair Lady (Freddy Hill.) Merry Christmas to all!

RAE HENDERSON (Doris) OTC Debut!  San Diego credits include Little Mermaid (Jetsam), Titanic (Marion Thayer), Sister Act (Sister Mary Theresa), and Nunsense (Sister Robert Anne) with Moonlight; World Premier of Orange Julius (Nut – MOXIE); Winter Wonderettes (Betty Jean – Welk Resort), Suds (Marge – NVA), Bare (Claire – Diversionary), Pajama Game (Gladys – Starlight), Frida Libre Recipe for Disaster (La Jolla Playhouse).  Thanks to Heather for having me come play, and to the whole OTC team. All my love to Sarah. Happy Holidays!

TOM BRAULT (Kris) For the second straight year, Tom has had the privilege of living the spirit of the season here playing Kris Kringle. Tom is a true believer in Christmas and also in the performing arts. When not onstage (with over 50 shows on his acting resume, including Moonlight and SDMT), he volunteers behind the scenes often, both here and at MiraCosta Theatre. But, as he’s fond of saying, Tom’s favorite role is as husband and father to his remarkable family who each bring “Joy to His World” all year long.

CATALINA ZELLES (Susan) Catalina is thrilled to return to the OTC stage as Susan for Miracle on 34th street!  Other favorite productions include SDMT’s Billy Elliot (Ballet Girl); Welk Resort Theatre’s The Music Man (Amaryllis) and Fiddler On The Roof (Bielke); OTC’s Eurydice (Little Stone); Cygnet Theatre’s Gypsy (Baby June); Saville Theatre’s To Kill A Mockingbird (Scout) and The Old Globe’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Little Who Ensemble).

WYATT ANDERSEN (Mortimer, Tommy, Children’s Choir) Wyatt is thrilled to take part in OTC’s Miracle on 34th Street.  He has previously performed on The Brooks Theatre stage in Yes, Virginia (newsboy/ensemble). Wyatt is especially excited to be part of this production with both of his parents and his big brother, Dylon.

VANESSA GERADS (Mort’s Mother, Helena, Nurse, Miss Prong, Mres. Mara, Libby) Vanessa is honored to be working with Oceanside Theater Company again after having been musical director for OTC’s summer program, “Fiddler on the Roof”. During the day she is the choir director at Jefferson Middle School in Oceanside. She wants to thank her husband Les for his years of love and support and many thanks to friends for coming to see the show!

LUCAS GOODMAN (Keighley, Sawyer, Judge, Louie, Alfred) Lucas is enthralled to be making his debut performance with OTC! He is currently a second-year student at Mira Costa College looking to transfer to another university to pursue a professional acting career. Previous credits include Heaven Can Wait, Waiting for Lefty, Oklahoma! (Mira Costa College); James & the Giant Peach (Coronado Playhouse); Waiting for Godot (Patio Playhouse);Blithe SpiritInto the Woods, The Laramie Project (Westview High School). He would like to thank his friends, family and professors for all their support!

TED LEIB (Shelhammer, Gimbel, Mara) Acting credits include: Lost In Yonkers (Louie) and The Boys Next Door for OTC; Titanic (Guggenheim), South Pacific (Cmdr. Harbison), Foxfire (Dillard), The Boys Next Door (Jack), Guys and Dolls (Brannigan), RagtimeSunset Blvd., all for Moonlight Productions;  Other favorites: Guys And Dolls (Sky),  Brigadoon (Jeff), Scarlet Pimpernel (Ben), The Music Man (Harold Hill), Good People (Mike). Directing credits include The Fantasticks and The Dark At The Top of the Stairs for Scripps Ranch Theatre, and Picnic, Boeing Boeing, Musical of Musicals, and Same Time, Next Year for OTC, where he serves as Artistic Director

JOHN McCOY (Macy, Pierce, Postman) John McCoy is delighted to be working again on “Miracle..” with such a talented cast for the second year of this OTC Holiday production. John has appeared as Grandpa in OTC’s production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”, and multiple MiraCosta College productions including Tonton Julian in “Once On This Island”, Judge Carnes in “Oklahoma”, Pa Joad in “Grapes Of Wrath”, H. Fatt in “Waiting for Lefty”, and The Apothecary in “Romeo & Juliet”. Much thanks to John’s wife Michele and Family for their enduring support of his theatre endeavors.

ANNIKA HEIECK (Children’s Choir, Susan U/S) a Carlsbad native,  Annika made her stage debut playing Flotsam this past summer in Oceanside Theatre Company’s production of The Little Mermaid Junior.  Singing and dancing, (especially tap), are her passions.  Annika’s powerful vocals match her equally vivacious personality.

JULIANNE CHENG (Children’s Choir) Julianne is in 5th grade at Tri-City Christian.  She has performed in Peter Pan with CYT and Little Mermaid, Annie, andLion King with Star Theatre.  Julianne is an excellent pianist and swimmer.  She wishes to become a marine biologist and a dolphin trainer and dreams to be a cast on Broadway.

LEILA FALKER (Children’s Choir) Leila Falker is in fifth grade and a level III gymnast. She has been studying piano for two years and is excited to take part in her very first show. Her favorite color is purple.

NAIMA FALKER (Children’s Choir) Naima Falker is in third grade at Christa McAuliffe Elementary school. She has been taking piano lessons for two years. Her favorite food is macaroni and cheese and her favorite color is pink.

SARAH WOOD (Children’s Choir) Sarah is a native of Oceanside.  Miracle on 34th Street is her debut theater performance.  Sarah also sings with Star Kids Show Choir and loves to dance, most recently with Oceanside Recreation Dept.

KAILEYA QUINDOY (Children’s Choir) Kaileya is in 3rd grade and attends Garrison Elementary. She has attended several theater camps in Oceanside and Vista.  She was the young Simba in the Lion King in her school play.  Kaileya is part of the Jr. Jazzercise taping team.  She has also taken lessons in tap, jazz, hip-hop and ballet and hula.

ELLIE PLETTE (Children’s Choir) Ellie Plette is excited about her first appearance in Miracle on 34th Street.  Ellie is nine years old and attends fourth grade in Oceanside.  She has appeared in OYTC’s Seussical the Musical Junior, Little Mermaid Junior, and Charlotte’s Web.  Ellie is also a member of the Polynesian dance group Ta’utiare.  Ellie would like to thank her family for encouraging her to follow her acting and singing dreams.

SAMANTHA GERADS (Children’s Choir) Samantha is proud to be working with Oceanside Theater Company again after having played Bielke in Fiddler on the Roof and supporting roles in The Little Mermaid with OTC’s Summer program. Samantha has also been involved with the Star Kids Show Choir. She is thrilled to be involved with her first play and wants to thank her friends and family for supporting the arts this evening!