‘White Christmas’ opens at Capitol Theatre Friday

‘White Christmas’ opens at Capitol Theatre Friday
‘White Christmas’ opens at Capitol Theatre Friday | ‘White Christmas’ opens at Capitol Theatre Friday
Special Features Editor
The Capitol Theatre in downtown Union City will be full of a “love”ly holiday spirit when Irving Berlin’s award-winning musical “White Christmas” opens Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Veteran director Linda St. Clair is managing the production, with assistance from Todd Little. Jay Pearson is the producer.
Jonathan Watford portrays Army veteran and song and dance man Bob Wallace, with Jared Hamlin as his fellow soldier and creative and talented partner Phil Davis. Romance fills the air as ladies’ man Davis tries to find a love interest for Wallace. A talented sister act featuring the Haynes sisters — Betty and Judy — portrayed by Jenny Virgin and Rebekah Watford, respectively, provides the perfect opportunity for match making.
The quartet find themselves, along with the Wallace-Davis company of singers and dancers, spending the holidays at a struggling inn in Vermont, where a new cast of talented characters further complicates the situation. Among those they encounter there are the former soldiers’ commanding general, now retired, Gen. Henry Waverly (Michael Poore); his charming  young granddaughter, Susan Waverly (Sarah Schlager and Amelia Kirby, in a split role); and the inn’s manager and a former Broadway sensation, Martha Watson (Renee Carr).
Music will fill the theater in the show that has been winning hearts for more than half a century. Tickets are $15 and are on sale at Lanzer Printing and Office Supply in downtown Union City. They will also be available just prior to show time at the Masquerade Theatre production Friday, Saturday, Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday and Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.
Rounding out the cast will be Brian Johnson as Ralph Sheldrake, Jessica Burnett as Rita, Aubree Guess as Rhoda, Terry Overall as Ezekiel Foster, Jonathan Johnson as Mike the stage manager, Stacey Cox as Tessie, Lamar Stenson as Jimmy, Kimberly Schwartz as the cigarette girl, Alex Pegram as the snoring man, Cara Brewer as his wife, Todd Little as the train conductor, Andrew Speed as the dance captain, Alisha Craddock as the seamstress, Ariana Warner as the assistant seamstress, Aaron Scott as the Ed Sullivan announcer, John Alex Warner as the Regency Room announcer, Jennie Overall as Sheldrake’s secretary and Carolyn Bloebaum as the grouchy lady on the train.
Ensemble players include Brady Craddock, Charla Ring, Jacob Virgin, Kate Scott, Taylor Moore, Trish Peery, Chantelle Barnes, Cooper Gilliam, JT Watford, Robinson Little, Tevin Wilkerson and Whitney Reynolds.
The production team also includes Bob Elderkin, who is in charge of set, lighting and sound design, is technical director and is responsible for set construction and painting, plus set decoration. Working with him to create the physical scene are Ron Bloebaum, Larry Buckles, Dana Goodman, Terry Huffstetler and Pat Wade.
Hamlin does double duty as choreographer and Jonathan Watford has signed on for something extra as the music director.
Shelia Little brings her creative magic to costuming coordination and works with Todd Little and Jennie Overall to make sure the actors are outfitted to perfection.
Little is also the military protocol advisor. Brent Mullins, joined by backstage managers Sara Stevens and Tara Tubbs, is in charge of props. Leslie Gord and Julian Viall are the backstage assistants. John Blanton, Dana Goodman and David Houston are doing duty as light board operators and Little has designed the programs.
Jack Hudgens is responsible for tickets and Sandra Harris at Lanzer Printing and Office Supply takes care of advance ticket sales.
The family-friendly production is a Masquerade Theatre must-see for the holiday season.
Published in The Messenger 12.1.11

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