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The Sunflower Troupe offers up a ‘Miracle’ for the holidays

The three Nowak siblings – portrayed by Silvia Fleitz, Gene Reininger and Hattie Miller – are amazed at what the box holds. (Heidi Brugger/Courtesy photo)
Project of KSJD Radio opens on Dec. 8

“Spending the holidays with family? You could spend part of it with the Nowaks of Buffalo, New York.”

That’s the pitch coming out of the Sunflower Theatre as the Sunflower Troupe prepares to launch its December production of the comedy “Miracle on South Division Street.”

The Nowaks are the are the focus of the play, scheduled for Dec. 8-10 and Dec. 15-17 at the Sunflower Theatre at Main and Market streets in Cortez.

“Miracle” was the Sunflower Troupe’s first offering back in 2015.

“The story could be familiar, but the veteran cast definitely will be,” said a news release from Heidi Brugger.

The cast includes Kim Welty as the mother, Clara Nowak; Gene Reininger as son Jimmy; Hattie Miller as daughter Beverly; and Silvia Fleitz as daughter Ruth. Miller also directs the play.

The Sunflower Troupe consists of all volunteers and is a project of KSJD and the Community Radio Project.

The Nowaks pose a series of seasonal questions: Can a case of mistaken identity be a miracle? Or is it a crisis of faith and identity? Did God single out the Nowaks for special recognition? What will happen to their standing in Buffalo? The audience will follow the family through paths of aggravation and love, and the squabbling could be reminiscent of many family holidays.

“It is not often that anyone can guarantee miracles, but the Sunflower Troupe has one for you this December!” Brugger said in the news release.

“Miracle on South Division Steet” is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m., with a matinee Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. The play also runs the following weekend – Dec. 15-17

Tickets are $20 and are available online at sunflowertheatre.org/events/miracle-on-south-division-street.