‘White Christmas’ Snows at Miracle Theatre

Snow Flakes Will Fall This Holiday Season in Coral Gables! > Actors’ Playhouse Presents the Florida premiere of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Miracle Theatre.

The Miracle Theatre will get its first brush with snow, on stage, November 15th, with the Florida Premiere of the musical comedy White Christmas.

This staging of the film-inspired show follows a world premiere production in San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre in 2004, the 50th anniversary of the memorable film, and again in 2005. In 2004 the production was staged at the Los Angeles Pantages Theatre and Boston’s Wang Theatre. Actors’ Playhouse is proud to be among a few regional national theatres to receive the licensing rights to produce this extraordinary holiday event to its South Florida Community November 15-December 31, 2006 at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables.

White Christmas is the story of a team of song and dance men, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis (Terrell Hardcastle and Jody Madaras) who finish their stint in the Army in ’44 and head back to civilian life to become huge stars. They meet up with the sister act of Betty and Judy Haynes (Stacy Schwartz and Julie Kleiner) and follow the girls up to a Vermont Inn where they are booked at a ski lodge run by the guys’ former commanding officer, Gen. Waverly (Gene Bunge). The inn has fallen on hard times because there is no snow, and so has the general, despite the presence of his caring “concierge”, Martha Watson (Lourelene Snedeker), and a visit by his granddaughter, Susan (Sammi-Jack Martincak and Jennifer Rodriguez sharing the role). With romance, song and dance, the show folk find a solution to the general’s post-war malaise by planning a show at the inn on Christmas Eve.

All of this is enhanced by memorable classic Berlin songs in the stage version including “Happy Holiday”, “Let Yourself Go”, “Love and the Weather”, “Sisters”, “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing”, “Snow”, “Count Your Blessings”, “Blue Skies”, “I Love a Piano”, “Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me”, “How Deep Is the Ocean”, “We’ll Follow the Old Man”, “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” and “White Christmas”.

The 25-member cast sings and dances their way into our hearts under the direction of director David Arisco. The creative team includes Chrissi Ardito (choreographer), Kevin Wallace (musical director), Jeff Quinn (set design), Ellis Tillman (costume design), Patrick Tennent (lighting design), and Nathan Rausch (sound design).

“This is one of those rare musicals, that was a film before a stage production. It is a large scale musical, and we’re excited by the challenge”, says multiple Carbonell Award-Winning Artistic Director David Arisco. Executive Producing Director Barbara Stein says “we are thrilled to present the Florida Premiere staged version of the memorable film to our community. This is a special opportunity for families to get together over the holidays for a fun-filled musical theatre cultural wonderland in their hometown”. 

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas previews November 15th and 16th. Gala Opening Night will be November 17th, and plays through December 31, 2006. White Christmas will be presented Wednesday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 & 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. There will be two additional Wednesday matinee performances on December 6th and the 13th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 for previews, $38.50 for weeknights and matinees, and $46 for Friday and Saturday evenings. New Years Eve, December 31st, tickets are $50 for a 7 p.m. performance. The theatre offers a 10 percent senior discount rate the day of performance and $15 student rush tickets 15 minutes prior to curtain, with identification. All discounts are based on availability and exclude Saturday and Sunday performances. Holiday gift certificates are available through the box office or online. Group discounted rates are offered for 15 or more, and theatre/dining packages are available with Coral Gables’ select restaurants through our group sales department. Tickets may be purchased through the box office at 305-444-9293, online at www.actorsplayhouse.org or through Ticketmaster.

The 2006-2007 season at the Miracle Theatre also includes the recent Off-Broadway musical sensation, I Love You Because (January 17-February 11, 2007), Jerry Herman‘s Broadway musical La Cage Aux Folles (March 7-April 8, 2007), the world premiere play written by Miami playwright Susan J. Westfall, The Boy From Russia (May 9-June 3, 2007), and Tom Lehrer’s satirical musical comedy revue Tom Foolery (July 11-September 2, 2007).

Subscribers receive premium seating, best savings, and benefits and discounts to the area’s choice restaurants and establishments. Season subscriptions for a five-show package for the 2006-2007 season are on sale now, with prices ranging from $135 for preview performances, $180 for Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday matinees, $210 for Friday and Saturday evenings, and $215 for VIP Flexible/Anytime tickets for choice reserved seats in every performance. Opening night tickets, including a gala party and Bacardi bar, are $330. Miracle Maker donor subscriptions, including two tickets to opening nights, donor acknowledgement, and two tickets to the annual Reach for the Stars Gala Auction 2007 are $1250. Subscriptions for children 18 years and younger with a full paid adult subscription, and college students, are $95 (restrictions apply).

For further information call 305-444-9293 or visit the theatre’s website at www.actorsplayhouse.org