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It’s easy for George Houston to talk about dialogue in Sault Theater Workshop’s new production.


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He’s directing Tom Dudzick’s Miracle on South Division Street. The comedy will take place December 1-5 at the Studio Theater on Pittsburg Avenue.

I really like the dialogue in this (play), ”Houston said before a recent rehearsal. “It’s very eye-catching. It’s going to be good.”

Some members of a Buffalo family are ready to part with a statue of the Virgin Mary after decades of possession. Matriarch Clara Nowak’s father (Carol McLean) said the Mother of God appeared to her in her barbershop. Not all of his grandchildren share his same religious belief.

He’s exceeded his goal for them, ”Houston said before a recent rehearsal.

Clara’s youngest adult child, Ruth (Jennifer Ramsey), discovers a story related to the statue that suggests “things are not what they appear to be,” Houston said. It adds an element of mystery to the laughs of the two-act play which also stars Wendylynn Corrigan and Jake Huckson.

Houston also directed Dudzick’s Over the Tavern for STW in 2012.

He makes his family very well, ”he said.

An Extra Bonus ”for Houston was speaking with Dudzick shortly after announcing trials for the Christmas show.

Houston had read other scripts written by Dudzick, but “I didn’t really think they were right.” His brother Harry handed him Miracle on South Division Street about four months ago. Houston wasn’t sure at first that he wanted to direct the play.

The religious theme may not be as contemporary as it should be today, ”he said. But Houston changed his mind as he read the dialogue and relationships Dudzick created between family members.


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It doesn’t get expensive or burdensome at all, ”Houston said of the family’s Catholic faith. “It’s a building block of where (the story) is going. ”

None of the Over the Tavern cast returns for Miracle on South Division Street. Longtime Houston collaborator Don Kelly did the sound and video design for this show. Kelly passed away in October 2020. He was 70 years old.

He was a dear friend, ”said Houston. “It was a real punch in the stomach when he went. It was a big loss. “

The couple have worked on more than a dozen shows together, including The Man, Dark of the Moon, and Blood Relations. Houston thought of Kelly when he was preparing the music for Miracle on South Division Street.

Would it ever have been great to do this together, ”he said.

The curtain is at 8 p.m. except at 2 p.m. on December 5. For tickets, $ 30 adults and $ 20 students, call 705-946-4081.

November 26

The Sault Film Festival presents The Void at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center. 7 p.m. Tickets on sale at .

November 27

The Sault Film Festival presents student films at 10 a.m. (How Did We Get Here ?, Penny Coat, Old Friend, Still, Suspire, Spider and the Fly, Being Blair), pandemic films at 2 p.m. (Learning the COVID Way, Dying to Meet You, in the Silence, One Day), 5 pm short films (Hell in a Basket, Walks, Work, Stanley, Our Adventures in Sault Ste. Marie). Tickets on sale at .

28 november

Frank Deresti and The Lake Effect at the Loft of the Algoma Conservatory of Music. 7 p.m. $ 25. Tickets on sale at or dial 705-971-4197;


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The Sault Film Festival presents short films at 1 p.m. (Ordinary Story, Desiderata, Violet Skies, Guru and Tulpa) and How to Hug a Porcupine at 7 p.m. Tickets on sale at .

1-5 Dec

Sault Theater Workshop presents Miracle on South Division Street at the Studio Theater on Pittsburg Street. 8 p.m. except 2 p.m. on Dec. 5 $ 30 adults, $ 20 students. Call 705-946-4081.

December 2

Mezzo-soprano Reilly Nelson at the Marconi Cultural Event Center. 6 p.m. Dinner and show $ 69.98. Call 705-942-5557 or .

December 3 and 4

Algoma Festival Choir presents We REALLY Need a Little Christmas at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center. 7:30 p.m. $ 20. Tickets on sale on site. Limited places.

December 11

The Sault Symphony Orchestra presents Winter Wonderland at Precious Blood Cathedral.

16-19 Dec.

The Algoma Repertory Theater presents A Christmas Carol at the Sault Community Theater Center. 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 17, 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 and 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 19. $ 35 adults, $ 30 seniors, students and children. Taxes and fees are extra. Tickets on sale at the Community Theater box office at Station Mall or online at

April 19

Epic Eagles in the machine shop. 7:30 p.m. Call 800-516-5810.

April 30

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony at the DreamMakers Theater at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 8 p.m. $ 25.

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