Even Santa is Dreaming 
of a 
White Christmas!!!


 

 FCT Production Guarantees a 'White Christmas'

 

By Dixie Walters

 

Patriotic, funny, romantic and sentimental. You can't go wrong with a production that brings all those qualities together. That's exactly what Fauquier Community Theatre has in store for audiences with its seasonal offering, "White Christmas."

 

There's stellar singing and dancing, too. The play features the songs of Irving Berlin, including the classic title song made famous by Bing Crosby, who played one of the lead characters in the 1954 film that the stage production is based upon.

 

"You can call it a musical extravaganza because it is," says the play's director, Susan No. "It's just wild what all we have packed into this show."

 

No credits choreographer Susan Shumaker and music director Ivy Elizabeth Cole with bringing those aspects of the production to life.

 

A Familiar Story

The story centers on two U.S. Army buddies who develop a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. When their paths intersect with a duo of singing sisters (played by Danica Shook and Corinne Shumaker), their lives get even more interesting as they accompany the sisters to a Christmas performance at a Vermont ski lodge.

 

No says the storyline of the play follows the movie for the most part, "but there are a few extra twists and turns."

 

Trying to find someone to inhabit the role that Crosby is closely identified with wasn't easy, but "Larry Keeling is awesome in the role of Bob," says No, as is his counterpart, Phil.

 

"Phil was played by Danny Kaye in the movie, so he's kind of a jokester," she says. "Jonathan Caron plays that role to perfection."

 

Military Nostalgia

Nostalgia for the military is a theme that runs throughout the play, especially as the Army buddies discover that the ski lodge is operated by their former commanding officer, Gen. Waverly (Jim Constable), who has reluctantly traded the Army for the hospitality business. Making matters worse, the lodge is on the brink of financial ruin, thanks to an unseasonably warm Vermont winter.

 

The general's old Army buddies rally to lift both his business and his spirits in an effort to help him find his footing in the civilian world.

 

No says the play is "about family," but not necessarily in a traditional sense. "There's the showbiz family, the military family, and all these families that are created by circumstances."

 

"It's very touching, especially to anyone who's been in the military and anyone who has served during war," she said. "I'm hoping we give a glimpse of how people bond through those experiences."

 

To underscore this theme, No is trying to orchestrate walk-on appearances at each performance of both active duty and retired members of the military who will appear in their own uniforms. "If it works, it'll be great," she says.

 

One way or another, the patriotic theme should resonate, along with the seasonal appeal, though the play is really more about the ties that bind people together than it is about Christmas.

 

"White Christmas" will have performances Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $16 (students and senior citizens) to $18 (adults) and can be purchased and printed online at FCTstage.org or by calling 540-349-8760. 

 

 


Do you know of any Scout Troops or 
Military Members and Veterans?

 

FCT is honoring all scout groups and military members and veterans by hosting two special times for them to order Half Price Tickets to see White Christmas!!

Dec. 7 at 2 pm  is "Scout Day," with half-price tickets available for scouting groups/ parents and siblings of scouts.

Dec. 12 at 8 pm is "Military Night," with half-price tickets available to active military members and veterans.
                                
           VCA Awards General Operating Support Grant to FCT

                                                        

The Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) has awarded the Fauquier Community Theatre (FCT) a General Operating Support Grant in the amount of $4,500 for its 2013-2014 performance season. In awarding the grant, VCA recognized FCT's 35-year history as a high-quality community theatre and noted that its schedule and diversity of plays and musicals is ambitious.VCA recognized FCT for its artistic quality as evidenced by numerous theatre reviews and awards, commendable outreach to youth and excellent service to the community, and audience testimonials and good attendance with many sold out performances. Finally, VCA recognized that FCT for having weathered the economic downturn very well.

 

To build on this success, the FCT Board will soon embark on a strategic planning initiative to map out an integrated plan for the future. FCT will seek your views and participation in this effort and you will be hearing a lot more about this. Thank you for all that you do for FCT!

 

FCT's Got Talent
 
Thank you to all of the participants of FCT's Got Talent show! Everyone brings such unique talent and we enjoyed each of yours! FCT wishes to thank Josh Vest for hosting FCT's Got Talent over the last 3 years. FCT's Got Talent will continue next year with a new host......Gracie Schwab!
 
 Results of the judges panel:
 
Overall Winner ~ Grace Hardy
Outstanding Vocals ~ Kathleen Warner
Outstanding Dance ~ Aurora and Aihbinn Perrius
Outstanding Instrumental ~ Carolyn and Susanna Constable

 

Judges Awards
Sarah Spagnolo  ~ Captivating Vocals
Kiley Smith ~ Captivating Performance
Ana and Andrew Perrius ~ Hilarious Performance
Joe Spitz ~ Excellent Guitar Riffs
 
Upcoming Auditions

Agatha Christie's Black Coffee
By Agatha Christie

Directed by Tim Bambara
Produced by Don Richardson

 

Auditions - Location TBD

Friday, January 3 from 7 pm to 9 pm

Saturday, January 4 from 2 pm to 5 pm
Callbacks if needed Sunday, January 5 from 2 pm to 4 pm

 

Performances

March 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, April 4, 5, 6

 

Send any questions to the director, Tim at timothy.bambara@gmail.com.

 

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton
Directed by Evelyn Rice and Jeremy Vest
Produced by Michael Golder
Choreographed by Alanna Mensing
Music Directed by Evelyn Rice

 

Auditions - Location TBD 

Friday, February 7th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, February 8th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Callbacks Sunday, February 9th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

 

Performances

June 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:30 pm

June 15, 22 at 2:00 pm

 

Send any questions to the director, Evelyn at eveyluvstheatre@aol.com.