The year is 1944 and the troops of the 151st Division are gathered around trying to enjoy a Christmas Eve as they watch two U.S. Army soldiers take the stage and for what time allows, you try not to think about home, families and possibly a White Christmas. As the show for the troops is nearing an end, Captain Bob Wallace (Ben Michael, who is making his debut at The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities) and Private Phil Davis (Cody Williams) get a surprise from their General Henry Waverly (Paul Page). The General announces that he is being relieved of his duties and a new General will be taking over. Skip ahead 10 years later, and Captain Bob Wallace and Private Phil Davis have taken their successful career to new heights with appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and have also become producers.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities opened their holiday season with Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical Tuesday, November 24, and the show was magnificent. The entire cast was wonderfully selected and could not disappoint. Not only was Ben Michael as Captain Bob Wallace making his debut at The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, the cast included 5 other newcomers to the Arvada Center stage. Ralph Sheldrake – (Nathan Stith), Susan Waverly – (Darcey Keating) who starred in the opening night performance, Susan Waverly – (Darrow Klein), Ensemble – (Debbie McCasland), Regency Dancer and Ensemble (Logan Scott Mitchell) and Ensemble – (Elliot Peterson). Along with the other cast members, White Christmas The Musical is a joyous holiday treat.
While Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have plans to perform for the Christmas holidays and head to Florida, they receive a letter from “Freckle-Faced Haynes”, another member of the 151st Division, asking them to attend a show and check out his sisters Judy (played by Erica Sweany) and Betty (played by Lauren Shealy), as they perform at a nightclub. Their performance of “Sisters” makes you think the two had actually grown up together and had sang this song their entire lives. Their voices blend so well and left the audience captivated. Bob and Phil are held spellbound by not only their voices and dancing, but their breathtaking beauty has the two wanting to hear and see more of the sisters.
Thanks to Phil, Bob and Phil follow the ladies to Vermont and coincidentally, they wind up at an Inn that is owned by their General from the 151st, General Henry Waverly. Bob learns that General Henry is not accepted for his re-enlistment into the Army and wants the General to know that he is still cared about by many. Bob also learns that General Thomas is losing his Inn as he cannot keep up with the bills. Bob and Phil team up to produce an award-winning show that will show the General many still care.
The musical of White Christmas is built in 5 days and it is a hit even though the musical is held in a barn on the grounds at the Inn. While the first Act is an award winning performance and brings the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities stage to cheers from the audience with such musical numbers as “Happy Holiday”, “Love And The Weather”, “Sisters”, “Snow”, “Count Your Blessings” and several others, the second Act opening number “I Love A Piano” will bring you to your feet as the Broadway style tap dancing was fascinating. Cody William and Erica Sweany had a challenge as the original production showcased Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen. Cody and Erica had mastered the moves and along with the supporting cast of dancers, this was a real high-note of the musical.
The entire cast deserved a well-rounded applause and give it up for young Darcey Keating. This young lady played Susan Waverly, the grand-daughter of General Henry Waverly. Her debut at The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities was stellar. Darcey Keating can not only act, she has a singing voice that is far superior for others her age. Aside from acting she loves jazz, playing piano and is an aspiring song-writer.
White Christmas The Musical is a must for any holiday gift. If you saw the original with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye than you already know what a wonderful show this is. If you have not seen the musical and are wondering what to do for the holidays, your answer lies waiting for you at The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. The musical runs from November 24 – December 23 and tickets start at just $53. Children 12 and under get in for a 50% discount. The hard work of the producer, directors, designers and casting agency are no strangers to The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities either. They have been involved with numerous productions at the Center and have created a spectacular array of backdrops, dancers, singers, actors and actresses to put this as the No.1 show and finale for the 2015 season.