26th - 29th June 2017
at The Victoria Theatre
Based on the Paramount Pictures film
Written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by David Ives and Paul Blake
Original Stage production directed by Walter Bobbie
Orchestrations by Larry Blank
Vocal and Dance arrangements by Bruce Pomhac
An amateur production by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe Ltd.
Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake.
Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas.
How refreshing to see something new, and what a perfect antidote for a miserable winter's evening. Halifax Light chose the perfect time of year for this type of production, and everyone left the theatre feeling happily relaxed and ready for the festive season. There were so many scene changes,all handled swiftly and efficiently by the stage crew. The four leading characters Bob Wallace (Steve Redfern), Betty Haynes (Catherine Rice), Phil Davis (Chris Scott) and Judy Haynes (Amy Straw) sang and danced their way through Irving Berlin's wonderful music beautifully. A first class commanding performance came from General Henry Waverly (Roy Greenwood) and a gem of a portrayal from Martha Watson (Katrina Wood). There were some excellent tap routines throughout the show, I especially enjoyed the number "I Love a Piano". Susan Waverly the General's Granddaughter (Daisy Crossley), the youngest performer, acted and sang delightfully, showing great promise for the future. All the smaller roles, too numerous to mention in detail, and a well balanced chorus all added to the overall picture. The finale was a fantastic spectacle, with beautiful colourful costumes, very realistic snow, (which even fell over the audience) bags of singing and movement from the whole company.This was a production full of energy, flair and vitality. My warmest congratulations to all involved.
Jacqui Hartley - NODA representative District 10
General Henry Waverly
Mrs Snoring Man
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Daniel Holden and Donna Krischke
Richard Lumb and Jim Green
Wendy Kent and Team
Kathleen Smith and Paula Straw
Anne Hindle, Kathryn Beverley
and Hannah Conboy
Scenic Projects Ltd.
Applause Theatre Costumes