It’s not that the production team and players of the Blue Springs City Theatre wanted to break the tradition of telling the story of Santa Claus; board members just thought it was a fantastic retelling of one of the world’s most beloved figures.

It’s not that the production team and players of the Blue Springs City Theatre wanted to break the tradition of telling the story of Santa Claus; board members just thought it was a fantastic retelling of one of the world’s most beloved figures.

Based on L. Frank Baum’s book, “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” mirrors Baum’s most famous work, “The Wizard of Oz,” in that it’s crowded with mythological themes and populated with otherworldly characters.

And it’s coming to the Blue Springs Performing Arts Center for seven performances, beginning on Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Other show times are Dec. 5, 10, 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee shows of 2 p.m. are scheduled for Dec. 6 and 13.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for 12 and under and 65 and older.

“The board was interested in doing it a few year’s ago,” Andrew McKinley said. “It’s just a great retelling of Santa Claus.”

This will be McKinley’s directorial debut. A member of the group since 2007, McKinley has already worked on several productions for the theater group, but he found this performance to be easier than he had anticipated.

“I’ve been part of some pretty challenging shows,” he said.

“Some were a mess. I was quite happy that this went as smoothly as it did. Everyone had a great time.”

For an hour and a half, 42 performers will tell the story of Saint Nicholas, whose story will be revealed to him by Necile, the wood nympth who found him and raised him in the world of knooks, faeries, ryls and the much feared awgwas, who hide under beds and frighten human children.

Named Claus (Nicholas came later), one of the most celebrated figures of humanity decides that he must leave the world of the immortals and live among humans. He begins to make toys.

He enlists the help of Jack Frost, who teaches him to use the frost gale, which allows him and his sleigh to fly.

The story also explains how he made his first toy, why he climbs down chimneys and where he learned to laugh.

“The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” brings a successful year to a close for the theater group.

Last spring the group performed “Footloose,” and for next year plan to perform “Beauty and the Beast” for its annual musical.

More information can be found about www.bluespringscitytheatre.com or by calling 228-5806.