Acadamy of the kew Church school to per­form Berlin clas­sic

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It might be said that the Academy of the kew Church pecondary pchools’ pro­duc­tion of Irv­ing Berlin’s clas­sic “White Christ­mas” is of bl­iz­zard pro­por­tions.

“This is the big­gest show we’ve done in terms of stu­dent par­tic­i­pa­tion,” said pro­ducer parah Cooper Waelchli. “There are 4T stu­dents in the cast, about 10 in the all-stu­dent pit orches­tra — which is our big­gest ever — and we’re do­ing six shows in­stead of WKH uVuDO fiYH.”

To top it off, au­di­ence mem­bers can ex­pect the weather in­doors to match the show’s ti­tle.

“The whole the­ater will be snow­ing,” said Waelchli.

Open­ing Dec. T at the Mitchell Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 800 Tom­lin­son ooad, Bryn Athyn, the show has tapped the tal­ents of former AkCpp stu­dents ZKR DRH fiOOLNJ SRRGuFWLRN roles of act­ing coachLpro­duc­tion as­sis­tant and as­sis­tant chore­og­ra­pher. In ad­di­tion, a new cos­tume co­or­di­na­tor is in place to man­age the 200 cos­tumes in the mu­si­cal.

“White Christ­mas,” fea­tur­ing 1T songs in­clud­ing “Blue pkies,” “I Love a Pi­ano,” and “White Christ­mas,” is the story of World War II veter­ans Bob Wal­lace and Phil Davis, a suc­cess­ful song-and-dance team. With ro­mance in mind, the two fol­low a duo of beau­ti­ful singing sis­ters, Betty and Judy, en route to their Christ­mas show at a ser­mont lodge which, co­in­ci­den­tally, is owned by Bob and Phil’s former Army com­man­der.

Cast in lead roles are Luke David a se­nior from Grove City, as Phil; Bran­don Good, se­nior, Bryn Athyn, as Bob; Grace Cow­ley, se­nior, Bryn Athyn, as Betty, and Leanna wecher, ju­nior, Bryn Athyn, as Judy. Also in the per­for­mance are Myrta As­plundh, ju­nior, Huntingdon sal­ley, as pu­san; Jency Boyce, se­nior, Bryn Athyn, as oita; Cailin El­ph­ick, se­nior, oochester Mich., as Martha; Tay­lor Hen­der­son, ju­nior, Hat­boro, as ohoda, and Tris­tan ptevens-King, ju­nior, Bryn Athyn, as Ezekiel. Also, Wayne As­plundh, se­nior, Bryn Athyn, is the Gen­eral; oichard Glenn, se­nior, Bowie Md., as the ptage Man­ager; Austin Grubb, se­nior, Mesa, Ariz., as phel­drake; Ian McCol­lum, sopho­more, kew Hope, as Jimmy, and wack Odhner, se­nior, Bryn Athyn, as Dance Cap­tain;

Jus­tine Bran­non, a 200T AkCpp grad­u­ate, is act­ing coach and pro­duc­tion as­sis­tant for White Christ­mas.

“Jus­tine is no stranger to the per­form­ing arts at AkC,” said Waelchli. “phe par­tic­i­pated in just about ev­ery dra­matic ac­tiv­ity the school had to of­fer, and was in ‘Crazy for vou,’ ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ and ‘Honk!’”

Bran­non earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in the­ater and English from Muh­len­berg Col­lege, was pro­duc­tion man­ager at the Penn­syl­va­nia vouth The­atre in Beth­le­hem, and cur­rently is a GRHHN­fiHOG 7HDFKLNJ $RWist Fel­low at Philadel­phia The­atre Com­pany.

AkC grad­u­ate Ivy Daum, now a Bryn Athyn Col­lege sopho­more, de­signed some tap-dance num­bers for “White Christ­mas” as its as- sis­tant chore­og­ra­pher. As an AkC stu­dent, she starred in “pues­si­cal,” “Mil­lie,” and “It’s a Won­der­ful Life.”

Judy Mer­rell, who teaches AkC’s cos­tum­ing class, is cos­tume co­or­di­na­tor for the “White Christ­mas” pro­duc­tion, man­ag­ing the more WKDN 200 RuW­fiWV. 6RPH RI the items were de­signed and made by the stu­dents; oth­ers were gath­ered over the past year from thrift shops and other sources. One of note is an au­then­tic Dior gown that Grace Cow­ley, as Betty, will wear for her num­ber, “Love vou Didn’t Do oight by Me.”

Other key po­si­tions in the pro­duc­tion in­clude Chris Waelchli, mu­sic di­rec­tor; parah Gladish, chore­og­ra­pher; and Donna Bo­s­tock, pit orches­tra di­rec­tor.

phow times are 8 p.m., Dec. T; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Dec.8; 8 p.m., Dec. 14; and 2 and 8 p.m., Dec. 15.

Tick­ets are $15; $12 for high school and col­lege stu­dents and chil­dren. Tick­ets are avail­able at­css. org or by call­ing 26T-5024810.

Cast as the male leads in the ANC pro­duc­tion of the hol­i­day clas­sic ìWhite Christ­masî are Bran­don Good , left, as Bob, and Luke David as Phil.

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