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LTCs Irving Berlins White Christmas opens Dec. 13

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: TRIUMPH PHOTOGRAPHY - From left, Christine Greenhalgh, James Sharinghousen, Dru Rutledge and Joshua Stenseth appear in Irving Berlins White Christmas which opens tomorrow at Lakewood Theatre Company.

Lakewood Theatre Company celebrates the season with a reprise production of last year’s holiday hit, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.” With stage direction by Annie Kaiser and musical direction by Eric Little, the show features the song and dance talents of Joshua Stenseth, James Sharinghousen, Dru Rutledge and Christine Greenhalgh.

“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” opens Friday and continues through Dec. 29. Performances are scheduled nightly at 7:30 p.m., except Monday and Dec. 23, 24 and 25.

There are also matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 21 and 28 as well as matinees at 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 22 and 29.

Tickets are $36 for adults and $34 for seniors.

Filled with Irving Berlin’s songs, and featuring a new book by David Ives and Paul Blake, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” tells the story of veterans Bob Wallace (Joshua Stenseth) and Phil Davis (James Sharinghousen) who have a successful song and dance act after World War II. When Phil meets beautiful sisters Betty (Dru Rutledge) and Judy (Christine Greenhalgh), he plays matchmaker and introduces Bob to Betty.

When the sisters travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Bob and Phil follow, only to find their former commanding officer, Gen. Henry Waverly (David Sargent), is the lodge owner. Romantic sparks fly and snow falls.

The score features 17 Irving Berlin hits, including “Sisters,” “Counting My Blessings,” “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing,” “Snow,” “I Love a Piano,” “Blue Skies” and “How Deep is the Ocean.” Topping it all off, of course, is the award-winning title song, “White Christmas,” which Berlin considered to be “the greatest song I have ever written.”

Others in the cast include Annie Kaiser, Kaylee Bair, Sammuel Hawkins, Kevin Clark, Ashley Moore, Sarah Allen, Stephen E. Bryson, Blake Isaac, Max DuBowy, Scott Kelly, Ryan Monaghan, Justin Canfield, Elizabeth Erickson, Kylie Clarke Johnson, Louise Chambers, Aja Hicks, McKenzie Brock and Stephanie K. Leppert.

LTC performs at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego.

To purchase tickets call the box office at 503-635-3901 or go online to lakewood-center.org.




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