PRESTONSBURG – Later in the month, Prestonsburg High School Choir will stage a performance of “Yes, Virginia The Musical,” an original production based on a true story of 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper in 1897, inquiring about the existence of Santa Claus. The school musical program debuted in 2012 as part of Macy’s holiday “Believe” campaign and was performed by schools nationwide. Prestonsburg High School will welcome the holiday season with a special performance of “Yes, Virginia The Musical” on December 10, 2015 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available from the Mountain Arts Center Ticket Office (1-888-MAC-ARTS) or online at www.macarts.com. Prestonsburg High School Choir is under the direction of Greta Gilbert.
During a time of financial setbacks for many educational arts programs, Macy’s has made the script and score for “Yes, Virginia The Musical” available royalty free to all schools and has created a free, digital toolkit on yesvirginiamusical.com. Macy’s also introduced a grant opportunity to help stage productions of “Yes, Virginia The Musical” and awarded a total of $100,000 to 100 schools and community organizations across the country.
“‘Yes, Virginia The Musical’ had tremendous impact on local communities when we introduced the program,” said Martine Reardon, chief marketing officer for Macy’s. “The positive response was incredible, and participants told us that the royalty free assets helped them stage productions they may not have otherwise been able to produce, giving children an opportunity to engage in the arts and experience all the excitement and fun of being in a play. Macy’s is proud to offer ‘Yes, Virginia The Musical’ again, and we look forward to another season of magical performances.”
“Yes, Virginia The Musical” is part of Macy’s beloved “Believe” campaign, which supports Make-A-Wish. The “Believe” program 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 Make-A-Wish, helping to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
“Yes, Virginia” was created and produced by Macy’s and JWT in conjunction with The Ebeling Group and MEC Entertainment, a division of Mediaedge:cia. “Yes, Virginia The Musical” was adapted from the animated special and storybook by Chris Plehal, Wesley Whatley (music) and William Schermerhorn (book and lyrics), the Emmy Award-winning creative team behind the original song “Yes, Virginia (There is a Santa Claus).”