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White Chistmas Coming! October 18, 2016

Marshall Families Dreaming of a White Christmas
Alix Curnow

"My daughters and I watched the movie together every year. It's our favorite Christmas movie and it's very neat to do the show with them," explains Beth Smith, portraying the hilarious role of Martha White in Marshall Civic Players' upcoming production of White Christmas. The show is a holiday classic and a movie many families, much like the Smith family, enjoy watching together. However, this year the family togetherness this musical brings doesn't stop in your living room. It is brought onto the Marshall Civic Players' stage as many Marshall-area families like Beth and both her daughters, Drea and Ella, share the experience of being in this show together.

​"It was totally a family thing. When I was young my mom was a high school theatre director. I had always had an interest and when I got the opportunity to work on theatre with my family in Marshall, I couldn't refuse," Drea Smith, portraying Rita, discusses how she sparked an interest in the theatre because of her family. Drea's favorite part of being in the show is her vibrant character Rita, a haughty showgirl in the 1950's. "I get to have a lot of fun with it and it's something I've never done before," she says.

White Christmas is led by a production team of Marshall Civic Player regulars with Christine Andrews as Artistic Director and Kathleen Warriner as Musical Director. Both of these theatre experts get to share the stage with their family too, as each of their sons are in the show. Similar to Christine and Kathleen, Producer Sheila Miklusicak gets to share the joy of working on the production with her daughter Morgan. And it looks like these family bonds are paying off when it comes to gearing up for the show.

"With every show you build a bond of a cast and that is very cool to share with your kids," Beth says of her favorite part about participating in the theatre with her family. White Christmas is a movie that has brought families together for generations and your family won't want to miss the opportunity to see the holiday cheer live on the Marshall Civic Players' stage. If Beth's daughter, Ella Smith, has any advice to give to the audience of this show it is, "be prepared to listen to some of the best musical harmonies ever and to laugh, a lot."

Join the Smith, Andrews, and Warriner families and the rest of the talented cast when White Christmas opens at the Franke Center for the Arts located at 214 E. Mansion Street in downtown Marshall, running November 4-6 and 11-13 with Friday and Saturday shows starting at 8:00pm and Sunday shows starting at 2:30pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $8 for students. Please call (269) 781-3335 for more information.

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