Even though we’re just through Halloween and moving toward Thanksgiving, some locals can’t wait for a white Christmas. Mindy Bickford and Kim Anderson of Charlotte fit this bill. They are already actively preparing their roles in the Lyric Theatre’s fall production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Kim is playing Martha Watson, who is the jovial housekeeper at the Inn in Vermont, and Mindy is a featured dancer, in the quintet and in the ensemble. The stage production of White Christmas is based on the 1954 movie musical starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney. The show follows the dynamic duo of Wallace and Davis, who meet during World War II and go on to become partners on stage as singers, dancers and producers. After meeting the beautiful and talented Haynes sisters, the men decide to follow them to the fictional town of Pine Tree, Vermont, where the ladies are scheduled to perform at an inn over the holidays.
The inn happens to be run by the general that Wallace and Davis served under during the war. Unfortunately the inn has fallen on hard times, mainly because Vermont is experiencing a heat wave and severe lack of snow. Wallace and Davis decide to team up with the Haynes sisters and bring their entire stage show from New York to Vermont for the holidays to help with the general and his nearly bankrupt inn.
Erin Evarts, the artistic director of the Lyric production, describes part of what helped create her vision in bringing this classic to life: “At the heart of the show we see the love the characters have for each other, especially for the general. It is a beautiful story about community, hope and decency—I can’t wait to see how audiences respond.”
The first showing of White Christmas is at 7:30 p.m., November 12, at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington. More info at flynntix.org.