WUFT News

Gainesville Community Playhouse gives Floridians a ‘White Christmas’

By on November 20th, 2012

Drew Bryan, WUFT

Gainesville Community Playhouse Cast of “White Christmas”

Gainesville will soon get into the holiday spirit with performances of “White Christmas” by the Gainesville Community Playhouse. Shows officially begin this Friday at the Vam York Theater, but a preview performance will be held Wednesday at 8 p.m.

This play is based on the 1954 movie musical featuring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney. The story focuses on two former soldiers turned stage performers who decide to use their talents to help their old general save his winter resort.

Co-Director Ted Lewis said being in sunny Florida doesn’t change the holiday spirit associated with “White Christmas.” Lewis is also head of the drama department at F.W. Buchholz High School.

“I always really loved the big screen musicals,” Lewis said. “‘White Christmas,’ as soon as it came out, it was an every year thing.”

The music of Irving Berlin will come to life in this show through various songs, including “Snow” and “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm.”

Susan Christophy, the actress playing Betty Haynes, said she holds a “White Christmas” party every year.  Christophy, who is also a drama teacher at Gainesville High School, declared her father looks like Bing Crosby.

“‘White Christmas’ to me is all about family and coming together,” Christophy said. “This show is timeless.”

The Gainesville Community Playhouse provides opportunities for professional actors, college students and younger members of the community to participate.

Giovanni Barrio, one of the cast members, has one message for the audience. “If you have a Scrooge in your life, bring him to the show,” Barrio said.

Performances will be held Nov. 23 through Dec. 23. Shows on Wednesday through Saturday are held at 8 p.m., and Sunday shows are held at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or with a credit or debit card over the phone.

Cassandra Vangellow wrote this story online. 


This entry was posted in Arts and Entertainment, Local and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Arts and Entertainment

Gainesville Adopts Plan to Form Arts Council, Improve Website

The Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department adopted its 352ArtsRoadmap Cultural Plan on Thursday. The 10-year plan aims to enhance and promote the city’s arts community through an arts council and website.


Andrew Schaer works the front desk of Hear Again Music and Movies in downtown Gainesville. The storeowner said he’s noticed a rise in the popularity of vinyl records among the younger generation.

Younger Generations Revive Vinyl Business For Local Record Stores

The vinyl records market has been revived. Business at local record stores has followed an upward trend with the resurgence of a younger audience.


UV-TV records their album in their warehouse studio on May 26, 2015. Rose Vastola, 24, began playing bass a few years ago with her boyfriend and UV-TV guitarist, Ian Bernacett, 25, and 22-year-old drummer, Matt Brotton.

Gainesville Punk Scene Provides Creative Outlet Beyond Traditional Norms

Women are entering the Gainesville punk subculture as an alternative to the mainstream norm. According to Rose Vastola, lead singer of UV-TV, Gainesville welcomes creativity regardless of gender.


photo-300x211-Recovered

Vine Makes Celebrity Out Of Local Actor

Gainesville resident Thomas Sanders has produced about 800 Vine videos and amassed an army of 5.8 million followers on the social app. Despite this new-found fame, Sanders is still an active member of the local community.


Hippodrome Theatre Receiving Grant

The Hippodrome Theatre is receiving a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. The grant will be used toward the production and creation of the community-centered work “The Hidden Sayings”.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments