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Song and dance highlight LTCs White Christmas opening Dec. 12


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: LAKE OSWEGO PHOTOGRAPHERS - Thomas Lindsley as Bob Wallace and Leah Yorkston as Betty Haynes star in Lakewood Theatre Company’s production of Irving Berlin’s â€Å'White Christmasâ€? opening Dec. 12.Lakewood Theatre Company continues its 60th season with a reprise production of last year’s holiday hit, Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” With stage direction by Dan Murphy and musical direction by Eric Little, the show features the song and dance talents of Thomas Lindsley, Tommy Stefanek, Leah Yorkston and Lindsay Michelet.

“White Christmas” opens Dec. 12 with performances running nightly, except Dec. 17, through Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. There are also matinees at 2 p.m. on Dec. 15, 16, 22 and 23.

Filled with Berlin’s songs and featuring a new book by David Ives and Paul Blake, “White Christmas” tells the story of veterans Bob Wallace (Lindsley) and Phil Davis (Stefanek) who have a successful song and dance act after WWII. When Phil meets beautiful Haynes sisters, Betty (Yorkston) and Judy (Michelet), he plays matchmaker and introduces Bob to Betty. When the sisters travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, the men follow, only to find their former commanding officer, Gen. Henry Waverly (Murphy) is the lodge owner. Romantic sparks fly and snow falls.

The score features 17 hits including “Sisters,” “Counting My Blessings,” “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing,” “Snow,” “I Love a Piano,” “Blue Skies” and the title song, “White Christmas.”

Others in the cast include Annie Kaiser, Brooke Gatto, Sammuel Hawkins, Ashley Moore, Sarah Allen, Stephen E. Bryson, Timothy M. Johnson, Blake Isaac, David Smidebush, Robert Head, Jeremy Sloan, Elizabeth Erickson, Kylie Clarke Johnson, Sydney White, Ecaterina Lynn, Vanessa Elsner, Samuel Benedict and Stephanie K. Leppert.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors and students. Purchase them online at Lakewood-center.org or by calling the box office, 503-635-3901.



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