Acadamy of the kew Church school to perform Berlin classic
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 at www.ancss. 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.