As tough as it is to see displays for Christmas decorations, cards and gifts going up before Thanksgiving, it’s never too early to take in the sweet sentiments that come with classic Christmas shows.
And while we can catch television oldie goldies like “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” any time, there’s something particularly festive about gathering the family together, heading to the theater and watching a live performance.
First up this season is Town Theater’s production of “White Christmas,” which features the song “White Christmas,” but isn’t the movie that launched the ubiquitous holiday tune. That was actually “Holiday Inn,” the 1942 movie about a song and dance man – Bing Crosby – who opens an inn in New England that’s only open on holidays. Spoiler alert: he gets the girl.
“White Christmas” was produced 14 years later and follows the story of Crosby and Danny Kaye, who, through song and dance, save the New England inn owned by their beloved former commanding general from World War II. This time, they both get the girls.
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Town Theatre executive director Sandra Willis says “White Christmas” is one of their best-loved productions. “In 2010, when we last performed the show, it was so popular that we tried to hold it over but couldn’t due to scheduling issues. But we’ve included many of the same cast members.”
To make the experience even more special, each performance will be preceded by a mini-concert of Christmas carols sung by the children in the cast.
“White Christmas” runs Thursdays-Sundays through Dec. 7, excluding Thanksgiving but including the day after. For more information, visit towntheatre.com
Katie McElveen, Special to The State