"Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus"
by Jamie Gorski
Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (

The 5th Corner: 211 Willis Road, Saline 48176

Performance Dates: December 1-2 at 7pm and December 3-4 at 3pm


Audition Dates:
Saturday September 17 from 10am-NOON or Monday September 19 from 7pm-8:30pm
CONTACT: if you have a conflict or question
Click here to register
For Auditions: (no sides posted but you can read script at:
You can prepare a one-minute monologue or read a poem or tell a story
Auditioners will also be asked to do cold readings from the script

FEES: There will be a $40 performance fee per person if cast. An additional $10 if you wish to keep your script.

REHEARSALS: TBD by cast availability: Saturday/Sunday/Monday

Play Synopsis:
Two compelling stories come together in this heartwarming play inspired by the famous editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus". On Christmas Eve, 1897, in New York City, eight-year-old Virginia is left pondering whether or not Santa really exists after a series of unhappy events. Meanwhile, a young 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 people together, creating in the process an unforgettable and cherished part of classic Christmas folklore

Looking to Cast:
Virginia O'Hanlon (should appear around 8)
Mother O'Hanlon (30-40)
Father O'Hanlon (30-40)
Samantha O'Hanlon (under 13)
Francis Church (20-30) young editor, eccentric, must do physical comedy (trips, falls)
Walter Gibson editor in chief of "The Sun" (40+)
Mary Lou Parker (Small for under 10)
Wendy Parker (Small for under 8)
Hannah Parker, mother (30-40)
A Postal Carrier (Any)
3 Prologues (Any) timeless characters

Debra Nichols has over 30 years of music teaching experience, both with individuals and large groups. She has Bachelors and a Master of Arts degrees in Music Education from Eastern Michigan University. She taught for the Milan Area Schools for 24 years, teaching students K-5 music and technology and directing dozens of musical performances with all age levels. Deb is an actor and soprano who loves to sing, perform and direct community theater with Ann Arbor Civic Theater, The Croswell Opera House, and Saline Area Players. She plays the piano, guitar and ukulele and loves to teach others how to make music with these instruments. Debra also loves to act and can encourage and direct others on how to project their voices and make character choices. She lives in Milan with her husband, 2 sons, her Shih Tzu, and 2 parakeets.