Saturday, December 16th, 2017 8:00 pm (19 days, Dec 16 to Dec 30)

White Christmas

By: Barter Theatre


Saturday, December 16th, 2017 8:00 pm
127 W Main St Abingdon VA 24210
Prices Vary / Unspecified
Call Barter Theatre at (276) 628-3991


Based upon the Paramount Pictures Film Written for the Screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank Music and Lyrics by IRVING BERLIN Book by DAVID IVES and PAUL BLAKE Original Stage Production by WALTER BOBBIE Orchestrations by Larry Blank Vocal and Dance Arrangement by Bruce Pomahac A timeless tale of joy and goodwill filled with Irving Berlin’s call songs, topped off with glorious dancing and lots of snow makes this a show a holiday classic for all audiences! Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” is the story of Bob and Phil, two showbiz buddies putting on a production in a picturesque Vermont inn after World War II. In the bargain, these two meet their perfect mates, who happen to be sisters and honor their beloved army general. Full of romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Happy Holiday,” “Sisters,” “Blue Skies,” “Snow,” “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing,” and the unforgettable title song, Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” Promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family! Director's Notes TO THOSE YOU LOVE One of the very special things about Christmas is to be with the ones you love. But what happens if the ones you love are not able to be with you, or you are not able to be with them? Irving Berlin wrote the song “White Christmas” some time around 1940, prior to America’s involvement in World War II, which officially began with a Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The story goes that Berlin told his secretary, “I just wrote the best song I’ve ever written – heck, I just wrote the best song that anybody’s ever written.” The song, recorded by Bing Crosby in 1941, was not an instant hit, but was overshadowed in popularity by another song from the movie of Holiday Inn “Be Careful, It’s my Heart,” which was sung by Frank Sinatra. But by Christmas of 1942, with the troops away fighting the war, “White Christmas” became a favorite and went on to become one of the largest selling singles in history, selling more than 100 million copies. Many were missing their loved ones. They longed for a simpler time and memories of the essence of spending time with family and sharing the joy of life together. The movie of White Christmas, which was intended to be filmed and completed during the Korean War, was put of for several years due to illnesses and other difficulties with the casting of the film. It was meant to, once again, capture the spirit of America that desired to be united with the ones they loved and share the simple joys of life. In the end, White Christmas is a love story; a story about finding love and a story about the love of a group of men for the man who lead them, protected them and motivated them to succeed. With that spirit – the desire to be with the ones you love and the longing to share the simple joys of life – we dedicate our production to all of those service men and women who are away from their loved ones this Christmas defending our country so that we may enjoy Christmas with our loved ones. We honor their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their families that makes the joy of our holiday season possible. We are truly grateful for all they have given to us. Richard Rose, Director, White Christmas Cast & Credits Cast (In order of appearance) Ralph Sheldrake: David Alford Bob Wallace: Sean Maximo Campos ?Phil Davis: Josh Levinson General Henry Waverly: Rick McVey TV Announcer: Zacchaeus Kimbrell Rita: Annie Simpson Rhoda: Leah Nicoll ?Eddie Tessie: Nick Koesters JudyHaynes: Sarah Laughland ?Betty Haynes: Hannah Ingram Cigarette Girl: Megan Tatum Jimmy: Justin Tyler Lewis Waiter: Joe Veale Conductor: Nick Koesters Snoring Man: David Alford Mrs. Snoring Man: Andrew Hampton Livingston Martha Watson: Paris Bradstreet Susan Waverly: Tillie Sells* / Olivia May Stevens* Ezekiel: Nick Koesters ?Mike: Justin Tyler Lewis Scooter: Zacchaeus Kimbrell Gloria: Jenna Haimes ?Loretta: Megan Tatum Marty: Andrew Hampton Livingston Mark: Joe Veale Sheldrake's Secretary: Jenna Haimes Club Announcer: Nick Koesters GIs, Passengers, Off-stage Singers, Guests, Dancers, Club Patrons, Chorus Members, etc.: David Alford, Jenna Haimes, Zacchaeus Kimbrell, Nick Koesters, Justin Tyler Lewis, Andrew Hampton Livingston, Leah Nicoll, Annie Simpson, Megan Tatum *These actors will perform in various rotations; please see the Actor Lobby Board for which actor is performing. Collaborators Director: Richard Rose Choreographer: Amanda Aldridge ? Music Director: Lee Harris Set Designer: Hana Lee Costume Designer: Amanda Aldridge Lighting Designer: Andrew Morehouse Sound Designer: Tony Angelini ? Assistant to the Choreographer: Annie Simpson ?Dance Captain: Sean Maximo Campos Tap Choreography for "I Love a Piano": Andrew Hampton Livingston Assistant Stage Manager : Victoria L. Sutton ?Stage Manager: Cindi A. Raebel Corporate Sponsors Eastman Credit Union Media Sponsors WCYB The Net MG VIPSEEN

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