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'A Child's Christmas in Wales,' 'Miracle on 34th Street' return to local stages

Even as a boy, Dylan Thomas had a poet's eye for the world, and, like other boys (and girls), his world came to a special kind of life at Christmastime.

His reminiscences of that time are brought to life in a theatrical adaptation of his essay "A Child's Christmas in Wales," opening at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 in Irish Classical Theatre Company. Vincent O'Neill leads the cast as the adult Dylan Thomas with Tyler Eisenmann, 14, making his ICTC debut as Young Dylan.

Music will be provided by the Albrights as they hark back to the sea town where the young Dylan first heard "the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep." Chris Kelly directs and Joseph Donohue III is music director and also plays Jim.

Performances continue through Dec. 15 in ICTC's Andrews Theatre (625 Main St.). Tickets are $49 (irishclassical.com).

Another nostalgic production also opens Nov. 22 in the Lancaster Opera House, which is presenting "Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play" for the holidays. The show is an adaptation of a 1947 radio broadcast of the story of a department story Santa Claus whose claim that he is the real thing winds up in court. The show is set in an old-time radio station and features sound effects and new musical numbers.

The show runs through Dec. 8 in the Lancaster Opera House (21 Central Ave., Lancaster). Tickets are $32 general, $30 for seniors, $20 for students (lancasteropera.org).

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