Monthly Archives: November 2012

Holiday Cheer

We have now com­pleted our sec­ond week­end of WHITE CHRISTMAS.

I was think­ing about this expe­ri­ence over the week­end, and thought I would pass it on.

As a direc­tor going into the process, I knew that I liked the show and every­thing that it stood for. The audi­tion process brought out some won­der­ful tal­ent, and felt that we had a very good cast. As we got into it, I real­ized that I had a fab­u­lous cast who were an absolute joy to work with. Shaun Baker, play­ing Bob Wat­son, the Bing Crosby char­ac­ter in the 1954 film, decided to come back to the­atre after a very long hia­tus. Lucky for me and the the­atre! Charm­ing, sings great, and a con­sum­mate pro­fes­sional.  James Reed is play­ing Phil Davis, the Danny Kaye char­ac­ter, and is charm­ing, with mati­nee idol good looks, and a fab­u­lous dancer.  James is also known to us as a direc­tor (HAIRSPRAY and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT), and per­former (THE FULL MONTY, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE), but this is his first time in a lead­ing role, and he is a joy. Lydia Merriam-Pigg, play­ing the Rose­mary Clooney role, has been in SWEENEY TODD in the ensem­ble, and recently played Frenchy in GREASE. When she audi­tioned for me for WHITE CHRISTMAS, she knocked my socks off.  This is her first time out as a real lead­ing lady, and she is perfection.i Tffany Davis, play­ing the Vera Ellen role,has graced our stage as Marti in GREASE, and Amber in HAIRSPRAY is a charm­ing, stat­uesque blonde, and a great danc­ing part­ner for James Reed.

The rest of the sup­port­ing cast is full of new faces and some famil­iar ones. Stephen Orr, Peggy Cole­man, James Sny­der, Chris Mar­tin, Melissa Esau, Terra Fear­rand, and a nine-year old bun­dle of joy, Rachel Corey.

Now onto Eve­lyn Bar­ney, the won­der­ful chore­o­g­ra­pher of the show. We worked together for the first time on 42ND STREET.  She is a great col­lab­o­ra­tor, and has that won­der­ful qual­ity that makes every­one want to do their best. She is in her ele­ment in this show. Dance-wise this show has many dance styles; tap, jazz, and ball­room. She is tire­less, and one of my favorite people.

As we put the show together, I real­ized that every day I liked it more and more, and now I really love it! In my opin­ion, there is no bet­ter show for the hol­i­day sea­son than WHITE CHRISTMAS. I believe that with the added music and expan­sion of the story it is vastly bet­ter than the film.  And watch­ing audi­ences get into it and enjoy the nos­tal­gia of it, brings a tear to the eye.  Cathy Hast­ings and Kathie Dixon have done beau­ti­ful work on the cos­tumes, and the set by Kenichi Taka­hashi, is really beautiful.

If you haven’t seen it, you have two more weeks, and the tick­ets are going fast.

My thanks and love to every­one who helped to make the show what it is. Every per­son, being cast or crew, is invalu­able to mak­ing any show hap­pen, and they do them­selves proud with this one.


May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christ­mases be bright”…Irving Berlin

Happy Hol­i­days!

Jim Cole­man,

Artis­tic Director