This smash Broadway musical based on the Irving Berlin film starring Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby will definitely make your holidays merry and bright.
“I Love a Piano,” “Sisters,” “Count Your Blessings” and more grace the stage in this feel good December bonus show. ONLY 9 PERFORMANCES.
BASED ON THE
THE SCREEN BY
AND MELVIN FRANK
MUSIC AND LYRICS
BY IRVING BERLIN
AND PAUL BLAKE
VOCAL AND DANCE
2 HOURS, 10 MINUTES
Cast & Crew
Rachel Burcham (Ensemble)
Rachel is delighted to be returning for her second show with Musical Theatre West! Recent credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (MTW), Young Frankenstein (Palos Verdes Performing Arts), and Billy Elliot (Anchorage Concert Association). She couldn't be more proud to bring her Christmas spirit to the stage with this amazing cast and crew. She would love to thank Mark and Ashley at KMR for their incredible support, Adam and Ty for being her dream team, and her husband J. Bailey for being her everything. Merry Christmas!
Ryan Chlanda (Ensemble)
Ryan returns to MTW after performing in both SINGIN' IN THE RAIN and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Other regional credits: THE ADDAMS FAMILY (3DT), YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (3DT), FUNNY GIRL (3DT), YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (PVPA), SWEET CHARITY (Candlelight Pavilion). He's also danced for various companies across Southern California, including: Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm, and The Honey Taps. Offstage, he teaches tap at multiple dance studios throughout the LA / OC area. Enjoy the show and happy holidays!
Maggie Darago (Ensemble)
Maggie is a California native and graduate of the UCLA Ray Bolger Musical Theater Program. Maggie has been seen in regional productions across California including BYE BYE BIRDIE, OKLAHOMA (Cabrillo), BIG FISH (Moonlight), WEST SIDE STORY (McCoy Rigby), A CHORUS LINE (Hollywood Bowl), and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (3DT). She would like to thank her family, DDO Artists Agency, and the whole MTW team!
Michael Dotson (Quintet)
MTW debut! He recently returned from played the role of Dick in 9 to 5 for Music Circus and Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast for Plan B Entertainment. Favorite productions (Lawrence) The Andrews Brothers, (Everybody Else) SUDS, (Frankie) Forever Plaid and (Ewart Dunlop/Quartet) The Music Man in Concert with the legendary Shirley Jones. Directing credits include 110 Stories, Forever Plaid, Cinderella, and Godspell. His BFA degree is from USC. Proud member of AEA. LSL-JPA!
Lilly Elliott (Ensemble)
Lilly is over the moon to be making her Musical Theatre West debut after spending the past six months performing at Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Utah! Favorite regional credits: Zanna, Don't! (Candi/Loretta/Karla), Bring It On (Skylar), Carrie (Carrie White), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie Dillmount), SHOUT! The Mod Musical (Blue Girl), Bat Boy: The Musical (Shelley Parker) and Carousel with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Lilly is also a competitive dance instructor and choreographer. @elizabethlilly
David Engel (Bob Wallace)
David is delighted to return to this stage. MTW’s audiences may remember David in starring in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, CRAZY FOR YOU, NEVER GONNA DANCE, KISS ME KATE, and LA CAGE AIX FOLLES among many others. A six-time LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award winner, David has appeared on Broadway opposite Carol Burnett in PUTTING IT TOGETHER, and in SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL. He also created the role of Hanna from Hamburg in the original Broadway production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES and played an Aggie in both the stage and the film versions of THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS. Mr. Engel is most noted for creating the role of Smudge in the original off-Broadway production of FOREVER PLAID and it’s holiday sequel PLAID TIDINGS, and can be seen in FOREVER PLAID: THE MOVIE available on DVD and iTunes. Other credits include starring roles in MAMMA MIA!, THE PRODUCERS, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, THE MUSIC MAN, BOEING-BOEING, ART, THE FULL MONTY, and in the award winning musical short film ZOMBIE PROM where he shared and on screen romance with RuPaul.
James Gleason (Ensemble)
Broadway: An Act of God, The Miser; Off-Broadway: Curse of the Starving Class, Los Angeles Theatre: Mark Taper – Stuff Happens (US Premiere), History of American Film; Geffen – The Weir; Regional: Streamers, Speed-The-Plow, Snoopy (Original Cast & Cast Recording), Counselor–At-Law, State of the Union. Tours: LATW- Top Secret. Television: Me, Myself and I, Modern Family, Frasier, First Monday, Molly Dodd; Film: Mother, Revenge of the Nerds, World’s Greatest Lover, Rules Don’t Apply. Starred in and wrote ACTOR UNDER FIRE which was a semi- finalist at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Festival. Member of the Groundlings (1977-1981). www.jimmytheg.com
Augusto Guardado (Ensemble)
Augusto s thrilled to be making his MTW debut and to be working with this incredible cast and production team! Some recent credits include: All Shook Up (Studio C), Bye Bye Birdie (Glendale Centre Theatre), Evita (Cabrillo Music Theatre), and In The Heights (SVCAC). Augusto would like to send many thanks to God, his family, the Tynis, and the MTW team for everything they do. He hopes you enjoy the show and have a “Happy Holiday”!
Jenny Hoffman (Ensemble)
Jenny is incredibly thankful to be returning to MTW for the third time! (Mary Poppins & Carousel). Regional credits include Beauty & the Beast (Silly Girl) with Candlelight Pavilion/IVRT, 42nd Street (Lorraine) & The Producers with SDMT, Children of Eden (Snake/Storyteller), Damn Yankees, & The Little Mermaid with Cabrillo Music Theatre. Jenny holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from AMDA Los Angeles. Much love to my family and Nicole at FireStarter Entertainment! www.jenny-hoffman.com
Rebecca Johnson (Betty Haynes)
Rebecca Is thrilled to be performing again with her MTW family! I'm very lucky to work around town when folks need a wily redhead in their skits and also very fortunate to belong to an incredible theater community. This is where I would usually list some of my favorite past shows, but instead I thought I'd mention some of my favorite charities and organizations that could use some holiday cheer. The Trevor Project, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, ACLU, Alzheimer's Foundation of America, Cancer Research Institute, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Book Truck, Best Friends Animal Society, and your local Planned Parenthood. I hope you all have a wonderfully happy holiday and safe New Year. All my love to family & friends! www.rebeccajohnson.com
Andrew J Koslow (Ensemble)
Andrew is honored to be back at MTW after appearing in West Side Story. SoCal credits include Singing in the Rain, WSS (Action), White Christmas, and Chicago with SDMT, Hello Dolly (Barnaby), Oklahoma (Will Parker) and Chicago at Welk Resort Theatre, and Wizard of Oz at Moonlight Amphitheatre. National Tour: Mamma Mia(swing/Pepper). Andrew can also be seen performing in multiple shows at the Disneyland Resort. Much love and many thanks to Mom, Dad, CJCE, MSS, and Amanda. BFA University of Oklahoma 2012.
Sarah Marie (Quintet)
Sarah is ecstatic to be making her Musical Theatre West debut with one of her favorite musicals, White Christmas. Some of her favorite past productions include: Music Man (Alma Hix), Winter Wonderettes (Missy), Bare: A Pop Opera (Kyra), Guys and Dolls (Gigi) and A Little Night Music (Petra). In addition to her onstage credits, Sarah teaches theatre, dance and music at several studios and schools throughout the greater LA area. She also made her choreographing debut last year with Alice in Wonderland Jr. at the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Conservatory. Sarah is in the process of writing a musical about her adventures as a LYFT driver. “Thank you for coming and I hope you enjoy the show!”
Missy Marion (Rhoda)
Missy is thrilled to make her Musical Theatre West debut! Favorite credits include: Oklahoma! (Dream Laurey 3DT), The Little Mermaid and Peter Pan (Cabrillo Music Theatre), The Addams Family and Sunset Boulevard (Moonlight), and 42nd Street and White Christmas (SDMT). Thank you to cast, crew, and creative team of White Christmas and to Nicole at FSE. Endless love to my family! Hope you have a beautiful holiday season! Missymarion.com
Tom G. McMahon (Mike, Mr. Snoring Man)
Tom excitedly returns to MTW, previously appearing in Beauty and the Beast and Sunset Blvd. Earlier this year he starred as Press in Center Theatre Group's revival of Zoot Suit at The Mark Taper Forum and landed a role in the upcoming feature film Book Club, starring Jane Fonda and Diane Keaton. L.A. theatre: Damn Yankees, Kiss Me Kate, Bronies!, Serrano, Promises Promises, and more. TV: How to Get Away With Murder, Scandal, Weeds, and more.
Gabriel Navarro (Ensemble/Quintet)
Gabriel is ecstatic to be back and spreading Christmas joy for his 6th production with Musical Theatre West! Other Recent Credits: Tokyo, Japan’s Concert of Love (Aladdin), San Diego Musical Theatre’s 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), Riverside Rep’s West Side Story (Bernardo), MRE-La Mirada’s West Side Story (Pepe), MRE-La Mirada’s World Premier Empire The Musical (Rudy) Directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, and Musical Theatre West’s Memphis (Perry Como). Enjoy the show and Happy Holidays #EquityWorks www.gabrielnavarrojr.com
Cathy Newman (Martha)
Cathy is pleased to be back for her 5th production here at Musical Theatre West! MTW audiences may remember her as Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man, Sister Mary Lazarus in Sister Act, Mrs. Potts in Beauty & The Beast and Katie, the maid in Meet Me In St. Louis. National Tour highlights include: La Cage Aux Folles, Lincoln Center’s South Pacific, the U.S. & China premiere of Les Misérables (with Colm Wilkinson), National Theatre of Great Britain’s My Fair Lady and Deaf West’s critically acclaimed, Big River. Thanks for your support of local theatre and Happy Holidays!
Jeffrey Scott Parsons (Phil Davis)
Jeffrey has been seen by MTW audiences in past productions of MARY POPPINS, WEST SIDE STORY, RENT, and ALL SHOOK UP. He's elated to be back in Pinetree, VT for more WHITE CHRISTMAS after five holiday seasons of playing Phil Davis at San Diego Musical Theatre. Other favorite credits include Molina in KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN and the Emcee in CABARET at the Welk Resort (San Diego Critics Nomination- Outstanding Lead Performance) as well as the opening act for Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie's one woman show in Hollywood. He's a proud member of AEA and Musical Theatre Guild. @jeffreysparsons
Ariana Ramirez (Quintet)
Ariana is thrilled to be joining the MTW family. Favorite credits include the Voice of the Sea in the original Cast of IllumiNight, Seaworld San Diego, Mimi in RENT! At Onstage Playhouse and Barron's Assistant in San Diego Musical Theaters production of Ragtime. Ariana loves spending any spare time she has traveling and with her family and friends. "Spread love and Happy Holidays!"
Janissa Saracino (Ensemble)
Janissa is thrilled to be making her MTW debut! Thank you for sharing a magical evening with us at this joyous time of year! Recently seen in Moonlight Amphitheater's In The Heights and Aida. Other selected credits: White Christmas,The Producers, 42nd St, 9 To 5 (SDMT), West Side Story (Lambs), The Oldest Boy (San Diego Rep) and Riverside Repertory's West Side Story (Rosalia/Fight Choreographer) and Spring Awakening (Thea). Graduate from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Theatre with a Stage Combat Minor. Chicago credits: Rent (Mimi) Chicago (Roxie) Thank you friends, family and this magical cast and crew for all of your love and support!
Tro Shaw (Judy Haynes)
Tro is thrilled to be making her MTW debut in this delightful holiday show! This is Tro's fifth time playing Judy Haynes, having performed it twice at the Norris (dir. Randy Brenner) and twice at SDMT (dir. Todd Neilsen). Other notable credits: Anybodys in the Broadway Revival of WEST SIDE STORY (Arthur Laurents); Ariel stunt double in the TUTS & McCoy/Rigby tour of THE LITTLE MERMAID (Glenn Casale); and a recent guest star on NCIS: LA playing opposite childhood crush, Chris O'donnell. 😉 Special thanks to Todd, Dennis, Keenon, Mary, Anthony, Jonathan, and of course Simon. www.troshaw.com
Alyssa M. Simmons (Tessie, Mrs. Snoring Man, Seamstress)
Alyssa is stoked to be returning to MTW in her favorite holiday classic with this talented cast and team. Regional favorites: Seasons of Love Soloist in RENT (La Mirada), Ilse in SPRING AWAKENING (La Mirada), Penny in HAIRSPRAY (3-D Theatricals), Esther in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (Cabrillo Music Theatre), and Willow in SUMMER OF LOVE (Musical Theatre West). She is a proud member of the Musical Theatre Guild. MTG shows: SPITFIRE GRILL, BONNIE & CLYDE, LITTLE WOMEN and CHESS. Alyssa is 1/2 of the musical comedy duo, Former Fat Kids Society. Their original web series “OREGONe” premiered this year. http://ffksociety.com. She can be seen daily at Disney's California Adventure in FROZEN. Huge thanks to Sir Agent Anthony. All my love to my family and Chassey.
Jeff Skowron (Sheldrake)
Jeff recently co-starred as Dorfman opposite Billy Bob Thornton in BAD SANTA 2. Broadway: ENRON, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, THE LION KING, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, HIGH SOCIETY, THE BOY FROM OZ. . MTW: BIG FISH (Edward Bloom,) CAROUSEL (Jigger.) With 3DT: PARADE (Leo Frank/Ovation Award), THE PRODUCERS (Leo Bloom/Ovation Nomination). With MRE: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Mr. Collins/Ovation Nomination), LES MISERABLES (Thenardier/Ovation Nomination.) The Wallis Annenberg's INTO THE WOODS (Baker/LA Drama Critics Circle nomination.) Jeff created and stars in "Greg and Donny" (www.greganddonny.com) which landed him a development deal with IFC.
Adam Stern-Rand (Ensemble)
Adam ) is excited to make his MT West debut! A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, his favorite roles include Dogberry Much Ado About Nothing, Ethan The Full Monty (directed by Patrick Wilson), George Our Town, Leaf Coneybear25th...Spelling Bee, Marius Les Miserables, Older BillyBilly Elliot, and Baby John West Side Story. Thank you to everyone on the White Christmas team and much love to Alexa and Maru.
Katy Tabb (Rita/Dance Captain)
Katy is thrilled to return to White Christmas after playing Rita at San Diego Musical Theatre. Past MTW credits include: Young Frankenstein and 42nd Street. Additional select credits include: Spamalot (5th Ave. Theatre), 9 to 5 (3DT), Chicago, Funny Girl, and The Producers (all at Village Theatre). She recently choreographed productions of Newsies, Singin’ In The Rain, and Billy Elliot at Village Theatre in Seattle, WA. Many thanks to her loved ones! katytabb.com
Ciara Tadeo (Susan Waverly)
Clara is overjoyed to make her regional debut with MTW and is excited to share the stage with this incredible cast. Previously, she has performed with DCMS Productions, A&L, and most recently Yorba Linda Spotlight as Jester in Once Upon a Mattress. Ciara is deeply grateful to her family and friends for their encouragement, love and support. Special thanks to MTW, Colleen Brown, and Aaron Al-Imam.
Stephanie Urko (Ensemble)
Stephanie is thrilled to be making her MTW debut! She has recently been seen at Tibbies Center Stage in Shrek the Musical. Other recent credits include Oklahoma!(3-D Theatricals), 42nd Street, How to Succeed, and Oklahoma! (Candlelight Pavilion), and The Addams Family (Center Stage). Originally from Massachusetts, she performed as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, and Jane in Tarzan, among others. Love to her family and friends far and near!
Rodrigo Varandas (Ensemble)
Rodrigo is overly excited to be tappin’ and flappin’ in this show. Rodrigo just got back to America after choreographing a few shows in Brasil and Europe. His favorite credits include: Original – The Musical: The Life story of Janiva Magness (World Premiere) West Side Story (Candlelight Pavillion), Singin’ in the Rain and In The Heights (Musical Theatre West), Children of Eden (Cabrillo Music Theater) and Empire (La Mirada - World Premiere). He would like to thank his parents for supporting him, his sister Kelly, Igor, Ariel, Joey, Chanel and Rita. Don’t leave your self-esteem in the hands of strangers. www.rodrigodeoliveiravarandas.com Instagram: @rodrigo.varandas