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Dormont Elementary Presents 'Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus'

The elementary school will present the beloved Christmas tale on Thursday evening.

In 1897, 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper asking a simple question: Is there a Santa Claus?

The editor's answer—"Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus"—has been told and retold in storybooks and cartoons, and now Dormont Elementary School will present the live-action play.

"Yes Virginia: The Musical" will run at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13 at Dormont Elementary School.

Dormont Elementary was one of 100 schools across the nation that received a $1,000 grant from Macy's to help with the production costs of putting on the play. Macy's also made the script and musical score for the play available to the schools for free.

First-year music teacher Rob Naser applied for the grant and is directing the play.

"We are all very grateful for Macy's help in putting on this production and we are very excited to start our own tradition of bringing the stage to life and giving our students an opportunity to share their talents with the community," he said.

"Yes, Virginia: The Musical" is part of Macy's Believe Campaign, which supports the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The campaign encourages children of all ages to drop their stamped letter to Santa at the red Santa Mail letterbox at their local Macy’s. For every letter received, Macy’s will donate $1, up to $1 million, to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The nearest Macy's to Dormont and Brookline is at South Hills Village Mall.

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Terrie Gample December 10, 2012 at 11:54 AM
The play is at 9:30 am and 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 13.
Erin Faulk December 10, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Thanks, Terrie—the date issue was my typo, and I've corrected it. The play is Thursday, Dec. 13. However, the press release I received from the district says the play is at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Are you a parent or staff member involved with the play? If so, I'll change the time as well.
Carolyn Gabriel December 10, 2012 at 01:23 PM
So the editor's answer was "Yes Virginia, there is a Santa unit of grammatical organization next below the sentence in rank and in traditional grammar said to consist of a subject and predicate"? (It's Santa 'Claus', not 'Clause'.)
Erin Faulk December 10, 2012 at 01:26 PM
And that one's fixed, too. Thanks for holding my feet to the fire this morning, guys. It's a Monday.
Erin Faulk December 13, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I have now confirmed this with the school district—tonight's performance is indeed at 7 p.m. Sorry about that—the first press release I got had some wrong information in it.

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