December Winter Workshop 2018-12-03T23:31:43+00:00

Winter Workshop

Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

A Radio Play

Directed By: Jamie Sciarrio

Ages 7-18

Tuition: $120 upon casting (Scholarships Available)

Production Information:

“Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?” The beloved and charming true tale of how a young girl’s letter to the editor brought faith back to a cynical reporter traumatized by loss, and inspired the nation to embrace the everlasting spirit of Santa Claus. This Academy production introduces this story to a new generation, and highlights the role of media in bringing communities together; from the original letter printed in 1897, the radio-play format, and the audiences both in-house and at-home.  

Read Through

  • December 15th, 12-2pm
  • Founders Lounge


  • December 17th-21st, 4-6pm
  • Firth J Chew Studio Theatre


  • December 21st, 7:30pm
  • December 22nd, 7:30pm
  • Firth J Chew Studio Theatre

Audition Information:

Saturday, December 8th

  • 12pm-2pm & 2pm-4pm
  • Spokane Civic Theatre Main Stage
  • Auditions will consist of cold reads from script


  • Edward P. Mitchell- Head of the New York Sun.  Lives and breathes his newspaper.
  • Frank P. Church- Writer for the Sun.  Saddened by the loss of his wife in childbirth, he shuts himself off from the world.
  • James O’Hanlon- Virginia’s father- down on his luck, tries to provide for his family.
  • Virginia O’Hanlon- 8 year old who tries to see the best in things, even when life makes it hard.
  • Evie O’Hanlon – Virginia’s mother; very caring and kind.
  • Sean O’Hanlon – Virginia’s little brother, curious and playful.
  • Dominic (Dom) Donneli- A friend of James who is also out of work, and who has a very sick wife.
  • Maria Donnelli- Dom’s daughter and Virginia’s friend
  • Julie- a schoolmate of Virginia
  • Susan- a schoolmate of Virginia
  • Andrea Borland- writes for the Sun.  Young, independent, and determined to be heard.
  • Teddy Murray- works at the Sun
  • Cornelius Barrington- works at the Sun, often at odds with Frank.
  • Ensemble (Announcer, Engineers, Townspeople, etc)