Riverview Community High School spread a sleighful of merry holiday cheer on December 5-7 with a warm-hearted, nostalgic performance of White Christmas, written by David Ives and Paul Blake and composed by Irving Berlin.
The upbeat musical, featuring the lovable quartet of Bob and Betty and Judy and Phil, delighted audiences for three performances to packed houses.
White Christmas follows singers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis while they join the sister act Betty and Judy Haynes to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont.
There, they run into General Waverly, the boys’ commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties; his quaint country inn is failing. So this foursome plans a yuletide miracle inviting their show folk friends and fellow soldiers to perform a musical extravaganza.
Star performances were delivered by seniors Adam Gerring as Bob, Sydney Robinson as Betty, and Alicia Cotter as Judy; and freshman Caleb Litten as Phil. General Waverly was performed by senior Joshua Prim and Martha Watson was performed by freshman Rahne Olson.
With the supporting cast, ensemble and dancers, stage crew, and pit orchestra, the production involved about 75 members of the student body. Rehearsals began in mid-September with music and choreography rehearsals, and in November rehearsals with the pit orchestra began.
White Christmas continues Riverview Community High School’s commitment to deliver musical theater. It truly was a collaborative effort of the Arts Department at the high school.
Contributions came from band director Ian Nicolas, choir director Glen Hoying, and Drama Club co-sponsors Patty Madigan and Katie O’Day. Tina Brow choreographed and Randi Olson costumed the performance.
The community turnout was positively overwhelming, showing Riverview truly loves its musical comedy!