Love grew, partnerships were renewed, and hilarity ensued as Irving Berlin's beloved musical, "White Christmas," came to life at Academy of the New Church.
Originally a movie starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, "White Christmas" tells the charming story of two World War II army buddies who become entertainers. While they both have opposing views about romance, they fall for a new act- a couple of singing sisters. After booking a gig in not-so-snowy Vermont, the couples realize they're going to need a miracle in order to save the life of their former general's beloved inn.
With only hanging microphones to support their lines and vocals, the cast did a wonderful job in being heard throughout the theatre. Beautiful sets, bright lights, and even showers of snow filled the stage as the performers brought life into this holiday classic.
Luke David and Brandon Good took the stage as the two entertainers, Phil Davis and Bob Wallace respectively. Each maintained a high level of energy and remained in character throughout every scene. The boys were especially humorous in their rendition of "Sisters," in which David shook his hips saucily, and Good charmingly mimicked the actions of the two girls who had sung the song before them.
Cailin Ephick gave an equally entertaining performance as Martha, the innkeeper. Elphick seemed extremely comfortable on stage, willing to portray the busybody with enthusiasm and distinction. In one of the best numbers of the night, "Falling Out of Love Can be Fun," Elphick, Leanna Zecher (Judy Haynes), and Grace Cowley (Betty Haynes) delightfully harmonized in both dance and song. Myrta Asplundh was adorable as Susan, the general's granddaughter. Asplundh's voice and movements gave her character the quirkiness and cuteness, reminiscent of a bright little girl.
With almost every scene came a new set, each one more extravagant and detailed than the last. Constructed by the school's Stagecraft class, the sets included dressing rooms on wheels a small train compartment, and the beautiful front desk of the inn. The highlight of the scenery was a massive barn set, which included large sliding doors, an accessible platform stage, and intricate rafters hanging from the loft. Every transition was smooth and flawless, and Brae Feerrar and Glenn Pitcairn finished the traditional wintry look with snow falling in and around the energetic stage.
In a grand finale-singing the titular song of the show, with garlands adorning the barn rafters, red and green lights highlighting the cast, and snow falling on the audience, Academy of the New Church truly brought about the holiday spirit and gave the audience a "White Christmas," just like the ones they used to know.