Start to perform Irving Berlin classic ‘White Christmas’Written by Chase Will | | email@example.com
From Nov 21-22, Start High School will open its biggest musical theatrical production to date, “White Christmas.”
“It’s intense. It’s a big musical for Start, that’s for sure. It’s different than the one we did last year, double the amount of music, double the amount of orchestra,” said director Nancy Ludden.
There are 22 kids in the cast, many of whom are new to jazz and tap dancing, which are prominent throughout the show.
“A lot of them are first-timers, and a few have taken dance courses before,” said producer Scott McGorty. “A lot of them have really taken the initiative and really stepped up to the plate with what we’re throwing at them.”
McGorty said the experience has provided a great learning curve for everyone involved.
“It wouldn’t be fun if we did the same show over and over again,” he said.
“The most challenging aspect is the music,” Ludden said. “The classic Irving Berlin music is challenging for young voices, but the kids have definitely risen to the challenge. Also, we have a giant tap number in the show.”
The musical follows two men who organize a Christmas show in order to save a neighborhood’s livelihood.
This production is the second musical Start has done in seven years. Musicals were reintroduced to the school with last year’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.”
“We have college-level musicians who often don’t get noticed. So it’s nice to bring them together for the community to see the young people and how hard they’ve worked,” Ludden said.
“White Christmas” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21-22 at Start High School’s auditorium inside the West Toledo YMCA, 2110 Tremainsville Road.
Tickets are available for $10 by calling (419) 671-3000. Reservations are recommended.