They Wore the Red Suit / Director's Cut - Private Screening - Tell City, IN
The Tell City Regional Arts Association will host a private screening of the documentary, They Wore the Red Suit the Director's Cut, on April 6th at 7pm at the new Tell City Event Center located downtown.
About the Documentary
Santa Claus is, for most of us, the last connection we were allowed to the realm of magic and pure innocence. Every year, tens of thousands don the red suit for families, parties, and parades. But only a handful of men have reclaimed that connection by turning the portrayal of Santa into a full-time career. They Wore the Red Suit is a documentary featuring those who have devoted their lives to keeping childhood magic alive in the world by actually being Santa Claus 365 days a year.
The documentary features - Raymond (Jim) Yellig - one of the most beloved and legendary Santas of all time. Jim was known as the "Real Santa" from Santa Claus, Indiana. Born in the small village of Mariah Hill, just a few miles north of Santa Claus, Yellig would become the face of Santa Claus, Indiana, for 54 years.
Jim began his career as Santa while serving as a sailor in World War I. While docked in Brooklyn, New York, the crew of his ship decided they would like to do something nice for the underprivileged children of the area. A Christmas party was planned and since Jim was from the Santa Claus, IN area, he was selected to be the jolly old elf. Yellig was so touched by the children's happiness that he prayed, "If you get me through this war, Lord, I will forever be Santa Claus."
After the war, Jim kept his promise. He became the first resident Santa of Santa Claus Town, and later Santa Claus Land and played the role daily for 38 years until his death. From this small town (population 37) in the middle of nowhere, Jim unknowingly was shaping the modern image of Santa Claus. From his choice of wardrobe to his makeup stylings to his Germanic accent, the Santa seen today in parades, movies, malls and department stores owe their image largely to Jim. He is the man other career Santas refer to as the master.
Most recently in December 2010, Jim Yellig was honored as one of the original 14 inaugural inductees into the prestigious International Santa Claus Hall of Fame (www.santaclaushall.com) in Santa Claus, Indiana.
We are excited to hold a private screenings of the Director's Cut in Tell City, the home of Director Larry Peter. Seating is limited to 100 so be sure to purchase tickets early.
Depending on availability, tickets may be purchased at the door for $20.
They Wore the Red Suit is a Power Plant Production.
Sponsorship for the event provided by 5/3 Bank, Waupaca Foundry, German American and Ohio Valley Gas.
Tell City's Event Center (downtown) (View)
333 7th Street
Tell City, IN 47586
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|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|