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Judy (Mackenzie Lewis, Hudson, left) and Phil (Rico Heisler, Hudson) discover that “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing” as Betty (Lynnea Sundman, Minneapolis) and Bob (Kevin Leines, Hudson) look on in a rehearsal scene of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” at The Phipps Center for the Arts. (Submitted photo)

White Christmas’ opens Nov. 1 at The Phipps Center for the Arts

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Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” a stage adaptation of one of America’s most popular Christmas films, will be produced Nov. 1 through Dec. 1 at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

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Based on the 1954 movie starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney, the show is about a successful song and dance team, Bob Wallace (Kevin Leines, Hudson) and Phil Davis (Rico Heisler, Hudson), who team up with singing sisters, Betty (Lynnea Sundman, Minneapolis) and Judy Haynes (Mackenzie Lewis, Hudson), to put on a show to save the inn of their former commanding general (Tom Monn, Woodbury).

The rest of the area cast consists of: Clara Ashwood, Hudson; Bruce Bell-Meyers, Stillwater; Darcey Bell-Meyers, Stillwater; Doug Blackwell, Stillwater; Page Carter, Cottage Grove; Alicia Gottwalt, St. Paul; Cassidy Hall, Afton; Tony Harstedt, Crystal; Victoria Jones, St. Paul; Jennifer Larson, River Falls; Stacy Medellin, Woodbury; Solveg Neseth, Stillwater; Scott Peterson, Hudson; Missy Simmons, Hudson; Charlie Thompson, Hudson; Tavia Trulson, Hudson; Ambrosia Webb, Hudson; Diane Wendt, Oak Park Heights; Todd William, Lake Elmo; and Victoria Wyffels, Stillwater.

Filled with dancing, romance, laughter, and some of the most memorable songs ever written, it promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family. Berlin’s score features 17 songs, including “Happy Holiday,” “Blue Skies,” “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “I Love a Piano,” “How Deep is the Ocean,” “Sisters,” and “White Christmas.”

Director Gorden Hedahl, a retired professor of theater and dean emeritus of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, has directed over 65 productions for university, community, and semi-professional theaters. He directed “It’s a Wonderful Life” last year for The Phipps.

Performances will be given Nov. 1-Dec. 1 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $24 for adults and $17 for students of all ages, with a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinees. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or online at www.ThePhipps.org.

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