It’s too warm for a white Christmas in Vancouver this year, but the stage musical of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage is a great substitute for real snow! The Arts Club Theatre company did an amazing job and I had an amazing evening.
White Christmas Synopsis
White Christmas is about 2 army buddies (Wallace and Davis) trying to help their old army General, now a struggling inn-keeper in Vermont, save his Inn and lift his holiday spirits.
They are joined by the Haynes sisters (Betty and Judy) , an up-and-coming singing duo who are the sisters of another old army buddy. Together they plan a large broadway show in the Vermont Inn to attract people to Vermont and save the Inn and the General.
Along the way Davis and Judy try to set-up hopeless romantics Wallace and Betty, but they resist. White Christmas: The Musical is a story of romance, friendship, and loyalty in the spirit of Christmas. You’ll leave the show singing “Sisters” or “The Old Man” for days afterwards!
My Review: A+
I went with my family to this live show and had an amazing time! If you ever watched Bing Crosby’s version of White Christmas, you’ll love the stage version.
The actors all seemed to have a genuine good time on stage, and it showed! Their tap dancing, acting, and the sets set the scene well. The audience is also often encouraged to join in the singing of “White Christmas.”
One warning though: be prepared to have either “Sisters” or “The Old Man” in your head for days after!
Stanley Theatre Parking
If attending an evening performance at the Stanley Theatre, park along 12th or Hemlock streets because its free after 6pm (whereas it’s not free until after 8 on the other nearby streets). I arrived just before 7pm for the 7:30 performance and there was lots of street parking available here.
Unfortunately all 45 shows of White Christmas at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage in Vancouver are sold out (except for single tickets). If you can get your hands on a ticket, or find one in your stocking next week, you can “count your blessings instead of sheep” knowing that you’ll have an amazing evening (or afternoon).
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