Growing up there was not a Christmas that had gone by where my family and I sat in front of our black and white television set watching Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen in Irving Berlin’s 1954 movie classic, “White Christmas” singing one of my favorite songs, White Christmas.
Rehearsals are underway for the upcoming musical based on one of the beloved timeless films of “White Christmas”. These talented 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade Lakeland Florida Harrison School for the Arts students will, I’m sure, give it their all for this special Pre-Christmas celebration.
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.”
The musical “White Christmas” will take place at Harrison School for the Arts Theater on November 10, 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m. and November 13 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for students and senior citizens.
A Special Treat For Veterans – One Free Complimentary Ticket
Directed by Harrison’s Dean of Musical Theatre, Joe Sniegocki. Harrison School for the Arts is proud to present this musical in honor of our veterans on Veteran’s Day weekend. Veterans of any military branch receive one complimentary ticket for themselves and may obtain tickets on a first-come, first-served basis at each performance or secure tickets during regular box office hours. Simply present a military or veteran ID such as active, retired, or reserve ID card, VA Card, VFW Card, American Legion Card, discharge papers, DD214 or other Veterans ID, or wear your military uniform to a performance. Friday’s performance will include a special tribute to veterans. Saturday evening’s performance is dedicated to our sponsor, The Mosaic Company.
The box office will open from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on the dates of the evening performances and 12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. for the Sunday matinee. The box office will be open for walk-up purchases from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, November 7, 8, and 9. If you purchase tickets at the box office, only cash and checks are accepted. Credit cards are only accepted on-line and not accepted at the box office.
The box office does not accept cash denominations of $50 or more due to county policy.
Although I have never seen a snowflake falling from the skies in Lakeland Florida in my 18 years living here, who knows, I might get to see snow falling down after all as I will be watching one of my favorite musicals, White Christmas presented by Lakeland FL Harrison School for the Arts.
My recommendation to all my readers in Polk County Florida as I have been working in the box office for a few years now – Get Your Tickets Early!
(Pictured above: Torin Crittendon as Bob Wallace and Audrey Hartfield as Betty Haynes).