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Holladay performance hopes to make a believer out of you!

Fourth-graders at Holladay Magnet Elementary are taking to the stage next week to persuade skeptics and reassure believers that yes, there is a Santa Claus.

Holladay students are performing "Yes, Virginia the Musical," a theatrical production based on the Macy's Christmas special, "Yes, Virginia." Both tell the true story of 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon, who wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper in 1897 asking whether Santa is real. The newspaper's response includes the famous line, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."

Public performances are at Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., and Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $1 and are available now at the school or at the door before the shows. The school is at 1110 E 33rd St.

"This is a first-time showing for Holladay and I believe for Tucson," says Jennifer Draper, music and theater teacher. "We are having a lot of fun putting it together and hope that our audiences have as much fun watching it."

Macy's developed the musical and offers it to schools across the country free of charge. Schools can download scripts, music and stage notes, and the website includes tips from actors and behind-the-scenes professionals to help classes with the production.