Do you believe in Santa Claus?
Back in 1897, a little girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper asking if Santa Claus truly existed. Today, her story lives on in a production called “Yes, Virginia The Musical” and Bowie residents will have a chance to see it performed live by local students.
Yorktown Elementary School is one of the 100 schools selected by Macy’s to receive a $1,000 grant to produce the play in celebration of the fifth anniversary of the company’s “Believe” campaign, according to an announcement issued by Prince George’s County Public Schools.
The Macy’s “Believe” campaign donates $1 up to $1 million to the Make-a-Wish Foundation for every child that drops a stamped letter to Santa in the red mailboxes displayed in stores.
Bowie students will be performing the play in this weekend on Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. Admission is free for non-school age children, $3 for students and $5 for adults.
Yorktown students also will perform selected songs at the Macy’s in Montgomery Mall between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Dec. 10, for the Santa Bus Tour, according to the announcement.
Mount Rainier Elementary School and Oxon Hill Middle School, both also located in Prince George’s County, also received the grant and will be performing “Yes, Virginia The Musical” at their respective schools.
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