A cast of forty Canfield High School students will perform tap dance and jazz numbers in an array of costumes as they present the musical, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.” The curtain will go up on November 18 and 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. and November 20, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. in the Canfield High School auditorium. Tickets are available by calling the school ticket line (330 702-7128) or can be purchased at the door. Adult tickets are $14 and students are $10. The production is recommended for the entire family.
“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” the musical, is loosely based on the 1954 movie by the same name that featured Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. While there are minor plot divergences in the musical, the skeleton of the White Christmas movie plot remains intact. Two army buddies, after serving the 151st division in World War II together, go on to form a successful duet, Wallace and Davis . Bob Wallace (Jonathan Scurich), is the straight man to Phil Davis’ (Zach Bernat) fun-loving ladies’ man. The two meet their counterparts in Betty and Judy Haynes (Haley Tura and Kate Hartshorn), sisters of an old army friend. Phil and Judy click instantly (“The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing”), while Betty and Bob butt heads. Phil and Judy devise a plan to head north to a ski resort in Vermont for Christmas (“Snow”), and come to find out that not only is it 80 degrees there but Phil and Bob’s well-respected commanding officer General Waverly is running the debt-ridden resort. Broadway songbird Martha Watson (Lexi Denney) shares several comedic numbers as the General’s secretary. Bob, who’s surprisingly not too angry that he’s in Vermont instead of Florida, arranges for the musical revue to relocate to perform in the resort’s barn in order to bring some business in for the general (“What Can You Do With a General?”). Love burgeons between Bob and Betty, miscommunication ensues (“Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me/How Deep Is the Ocean”) and resolves itself (“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm”), and in the end there’s a “White Christmas.”