La Comedia presents holiday classic ‘White Christmas’

Count your blessings as a result of there’s loads of time to savor the Americana inside La Comedia Dinner Theatre’s manufacturing of Irving Berlin’s candy and tuneful musical “White Christmas,” which continues by way of Dec. 31 in Springboro.

Based on the 1954 movie and tailored for the stage in 2008 by David Ives and Paul Blake, the present considerations a pair of World War II veterans who comply with a pair of singing sisters to their Christmas present at a comfortable Vermont lodge. The joyous numbers embody “Blue Skies,” “I Love a Piano,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” “Sisters,” “Let Yourself Go,” and the heartwarming title tune.

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“This show has a lot of charm,” stated director/choreographer Chris Beiser. “The song ‘White Christmas’ particularly strikes the heart of many. So many of us this time of year begin to dream of a white Christmas, which has become a common statement people wish for. The show also has a distinct military feel considering part of the story deals with the leading men trying to help out their retired general. The score, which includes ‘Snow,’ ‘Happy Holiday’ and ‘Sisters,’ is really beautiful as well. All of these combined elements make ‘White Christmas’ a nostalgic classic. It speaks to the way things used to be.”

“White Christmas” has been beforehand staged twice by La Comedia, however will likely be helmed for the primary time by Beiser, who insists on preserving the present grounded in its 1950s origins.

“This show isn’t contemporized,” Beiser stated. “This is not a modernized version. It’s ‘White Christmas’ as audiences would remember ‘White Christmas.’ We’re keeping the show in its classic nostalgic context. And even though we’ve done the show before, we have a completely new cast. They are extremely talented and many of them are from New York.”

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Respectively getting into roles made well-known by Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera Ellen are Austin Adomits as Bob Wallace, Caleb Michael as Phil Davis, Mica Dominguez-Robinson as Betty Haynes, and Marjie Shrimpton as Judy Haynes. Adomits, who has appeared in “Man of La Mancha” and “Les Misérables,” will start medical college at Tulane University subsequent yr. Michael’s credit embody “Altar Boyz,” “Avenue Q” and “West Side Story.” Dominguez-Robinson’s regional credit embody “Hello, Dolly!” and “My Fair Lady” in addition to portraying Michaela in “Carmen” with Boulder Symphony Orchestra. Shrimpton, a Barnard College alumna with a B.A. in dance and human rights, was a featured jazz singer on the Museum of the City of New York earlier this yr. All 4 are making their La Comedia debuts.

“The cast is full of wonderful dancers and especially tap dancers,” Beiser added. “Caleb and Marjie particularly tear up the stage during ‘The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing.’ Their ballroom (skills) are worthy of ‘Dancing with the Stars.’”

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“White Christmas” serves as a becoming conclusion to La Comedia’s numerous 2018 season, which notably included an impressive, vocally thrilling manufacturing of “The Color Purple.” Still, Beiser says the group is getting ready to modify gears and current extra family-friendly choices all through 2019. The promising lineup will characteristic “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Shrek,” “Elf: The Musical,” and the native premiere of “Newsies” amongst others.

“In 2018, we tried to offer some new and different shows such as ‘The Color Purple’ and ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ two shows one wouldn’t necessarily expect to be considered as dinner theatre,” Beiser stated. “But we’re going for more family shows in 2019 specifically due to the 25th anniversary of the Atkins family owning La Comedia. We wanted 2019 to have a strong family theme although we still want to bring in a new audience while keeping the old audience.”

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