Arvada Center: 11/24 – 12/23
Arvada Center’s production of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” is a warm and wonderful musical Christmas card that’s filled with bright holiday tunes and feel-good charm.
Gavin Mayer directs this old warhorse with a sure hand. His casting of the principals has brought in three artists from out of town who are simply marvelous: Ben Michael (Bob Wallace), Cody Williams (Phil Davis) and Erica Sweany (Judy Haynes.) Cody and Erica are at their best in “The Best Things Happen When You’re Dancing” and “I Love a Piano.” Ben gives us a dazzling version of “Blue Skies” that’s gloriously choreographed by Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck.
Betty Haynes is portrayed by local diva Lauren Shealy. This artist is a complete delight throughout. Her singing, dancing and acting make us wish to see her onstage much more often. Ms. Shealy’s singing of “Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me” as well as “Sisters,” her comic duet with Ms. Sweany, are two of the show’s highlights!
Paul Page’s portrayal of the General should be decorated with several stars.
Sharon Kay White is brilliant as Martha Watson, the general’s secretary.
Tim Howard is a hoot as the snoring man in “Snow.” He completely disappears into the role of the doddering Ezekial.
Matt La Fontaine, Heather Marie Doris, Rae Leigh Case, Piper Lindsay Arpan and P.Tucker Worley are just a few of the fabulous local actors you can expect to see in the ensemble.
With Divine choreography by Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck, eye-popping costumes by Chris Campbell and superb musical direction by David Nehls, this is holiday fare the whole family will enjoy.
For tickets go online at Arvadacenter.org or call the box office at 720-898-7200Marlowe's Musings