‘White Christmas’ set to open Dec. 3 at Center for the Arts

Photo courtesy Audrey Crocker “White Christmas,” a traditional Christmas favorite, will hit the stage at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts on Dec. 3, running through Dec. 29.

Photo courtesy Audrey Crocker
“White Christmas,” a traditional Christmas favorite, will hit the stage at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts on Dec. 3, running through Dec. 29.

By Audrey Crocker
Special to The PREVIEW

This winter, Thingamajig Theatre Company is presenting one of the most beloved classic Christmas stories of all time.

Most folks are familiar with the film; the patriotism, the classic Broadway feel of the choreography and the faces that changed the way we see music in general. Bing Crosby graces the screen and, suddenly, no matter how modern we are, we are taken back to a simpler time: A time when a crooning voice ruled the radio. A time when simplicity was valued. A time that honored the idea of hope in a very real way, not something reserved for the less intelligent or naïve.

“White Christmas” is a time capsule of sorts and it is, in a word, beautiful. Released just after the end of the second world war, this film was meant to remind Americans what we were fighting to protect. The gorgeous Rosemary Clooney was the picture of matronly beauty, while Vera Allen was the spunky American woman developed while the men were away at war. Every character represented some part of the American dream that had almost been lost through the course of the war. Now that the war was over, the country ravaged in both energy and men, how would we move forward?

Thingamajig is excited to present this tale on stage for the first time in Pagosa Springs.

With a largely returning cast, the patrons of Pagosa will recognize the “foursome” from this past summer and seasons before, as well as several members of the featured ensemble.

Returning as the Haynes Sisters are Audrey Layne Crocker (Lola in “Damn Yankees”) and Heather McCall (Kala in “Tarzan”). Their male counterparts are familiar faces in Taylor Marrs (Dickon in “The Secret Garden”) and Samuel Damare (Barfee in “…Spelling Bee”). Also returning are Jaclyn Anne, Alicia Osborne and James Scott. Featured as the general is the always-delightful artistic director, Tim Moore.

“White Christmas” beautifully represented both the struggles of war (very briefly) and the idea that life could, indeed, continue to be good afterward.

While most people see it as a simple and classic film, a closer look into the context reveals the importance of this film and the true reason it continues to speak to the hearts of folks every winter season.

With Thingamajig Theatre Company, audiences will get to experience that beautiful story in person, watching the classic film come to life right before them.

Opening Dec. 3, Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” runs through Dec. 29 at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. Visit pagosacenter.org or call 731-SHOW (7469) for more information or tickets.

This story was posted on November 29, 2015.