Delighting children at Christmas for many years, Tim Bray Productions’ The Santa Claus Show brings magic and meaning to the festive season. The Santa Claus Show is on stage at The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna, Auckland from 8-20 December. Starring Tim Raby in the title role for his tenth season playing Santa’s double, The Santa Claus Show tells the story of a young girl, Kelly (Pippiajna Tui Jane), who has written the longest Christmas wish-list that Santa has ever seen. Santa flies Kelly to the North Pole so she can learn for herself the true meaning of Christmas. The play has a special place in director Tim Bray’s heart. Tim wrote the show 23 years ago for his nieces and he’s thrilled that new generations of children still love the story. “We have people who come back every year as part of the way they celebrate Christmas and that’s a wonderful feeling for us.” The show also features Adam Burrell as Elfie who introduces us to a Santa for the 21st century, fully equipped with email, a Facebook page and a Twitter account; as well as Laura Sanderson as Kelly’s best friend Alana. Alongside the 2014 season, Tim Bray Productions is holding two special theatre workshops providing a full theatre experience including drama activities, a backstage tour of a working theatre before watching a performance of The Santa Claus Show. SING! – a full-day music workshop – is on Thursday 18 December for 8-14 year-olds, while the Theatre Workshop half-day or full-day takes place on Friday 19 December and is suitable for 5-12 year-olds.

Alana (Merrin Cavel) and Justine (Justine Dunsmore)
Alana (Merrin Cavel) and Justine (Justine Dunsmore)

The Santa Claus Show is on at The PumpHouse, Takapuna from Monday 8 December to Saturday 20 December with shows at 10.30am and 1pm daily except Sundays. Two shows during the season will also be Sign Language interpreted performances. Book for the show or for the theatre workshops by phoning 09 489 8360 or online at http://www.timbrayproductions.org.nz     Photos by David Rowland / One-Image.com

Santa Claus (Tim Raby) and Kelly (Pippiajna Tui Jane)
Santa Claus (Tim Raby) and Kelly (Pippiajna Tui Jane)
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