Just when you thought summer had finally arrived, the Columbia Basin College drama department decides to make it snow.
OK, so maybe the Pasco college will use faux snow when presenting its summer showcase production of White Christmas, which opens July 13 in the auditorium at Chiawana High School in Pasco.
"Rights for this musical were very recently released, and we wanted to jump on it, as it's such a good musical, and we couldn't wait until December," said director Ginny Quinley. "Besides, we thought in the middle of the July heat, it might be refreshing to think about snow. And it will snow during the play."
The stage musical is based on the famous movie of the same name, which starred Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney.
For those unfamiliar with the storyline, it's about the musical Haynes sisters who meet two musical guys 10 years after World War II ends. When the guys catch the sister act, love blooms -- as does performing together.
The sisters leave for a gig at a Vermont inn and convince the guys to join them. Upon arriving, the guys discover the innkeeper is their old Army leader Gen. Waverly. But the inn is heading toward foreclosure, so the guys devise a plan to help the general, his granddaughter and housekeeper maintain the inn.
Their plan sets off a string of miscommunications between the sisters and the guys, which nearly destroy everything.
The Haynes sisters are Molly Holleran as Betty and Anna Newbury as Judy. The soldier buddies are Bryan Foley as Bob Wallace and Rob Hanson as Phil Davis. Porky Thomsen plays Gen. Waverly, with 12-year-old Meg Nelson as his granddaughter and June Gillespie as the innkeeper's nosy assistant, Martha. A talented group of Tri-City singers and dancers completes the cast for the chorus.
All the familiar tunes will be in the production, Quinley said. Those include Sisters, Snow, Best Things Happen While You're Dancing, Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me and White Christmas.
Quinley said her cast is a mix of well-known and new actors to the Tri-City stage.
"Porky is obviously a familiar face, but he hasn't been seen on stage for a while," Quinley said. "In this particular show, people will see what a truly fine actor he is. He makes me cry when I watch him in rehearsal. I think the audience will be moved too."
Nelson has performed with the Academy of Children's Theatre, but White Christmas is her biggest role to date.
"She's a very talented young lady," Quinley said. "And June Gillespie is a familiar face but not in such a large role. She gets a couple of really good numbers."
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. July 13-14, 19-21 with a 2 p.m. matinee July 15. Admission is $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors. Buy tickets in advance at Adventures Underground in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland or at columbiabasin.tix.com. Tickets are also available at the door.