By PAM JOHNSON
The Jonesborough Repertory Theater is happily presenting Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn” this holiday season.
The musical, based on the 1942 film starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, is the perfect love story for the holidays to kick off the Christmas season.
“Holiday Inn” is the story of artist Jim Hardy (played by Joe Gumina) who leaves the splendor of show business and his partners Lila and Ted (Diane Taveau, Lucas Schmidt) to pursue his dream of a more lifelong life. simple.
He moved to a foreclosed farm in rural Connecticut. There, he meets Linda Mason (Brittany Whitson), a local schoolteacher and former owner of the farm, who is on her own complicated life path.
After several unsuccessful agricultural attempts, they collaborate to transform the farm into an inn open only on public holidays.
“This show is all about trying to be true to yourself,” said Diane Taveau. “Each of the characters has a chance to become who they really want to be.”
The backdrop for the characters’ self-discovery stories is the well-known music of Irving Berlin.
Each holiday celebrated at the inn is represented by his beloved compositions.
“The most wonderful thing about this show is the music,” said director and cast member Jennifer Ross-Bernhardt. “One of our most beloved Christmas songs, ‘White Christmas’, is from the movie.
Plus, as many people know, Irving Berlin was an immigrant and he was so grateful for his life in America.
From this gratitude was born one of our most patriotic tunes, “Song of Freedom”. He embodies America and our freedom.
“Holiday Inn” is an entertaining trip through Thanksgiving and Christmas, New Years and Valentine’s Day, Easter and July 4th. The hostel’s goal is to bring joy to its community, and JRT’s goal is to delight its audience.
“I think now, more than ever, people need joy in their lives,” said choreographer and cast member Jessica Shelton. “This show is fast paced and so entertaining! The whole family will love the song and dance, as well as the sweet love story.
“I can personally promise that this show is going to put you in a good mood,” said Brittany Whitson. “The theater is the best form of escape in my opinion, and this show’s iconic songs, huge dance numbers and endearing characters will help you ‘kick your cares’ and enjoy this season. magical!”
“Holiday Inn” is written by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. The cast is completed by Josh Baldwin, Bethany Bennett, Dave Bernhardt, Lorianne Carver, Ian Corriere, Liz Dollar, Ryan Gray, Shawn Hale, Mika Hoilman, Kate Hollenbeck, Emush Lamb, Bennett Little, Daniel Matthews, Tristan Matthews, Leahnees Miller, Elliott Price and Hannah Grace Wallen.
The show’s sponsors are Ballad Health, Ignacy Fonberg, Henry & FloraJoy, Sonia King, John & Bonita Martin and the East Tennessee Republican Club.
The shows take place from Thursday to Sunday, from December 2 to 19. Tickets cost $ 17 for general admission, $ 15 for students and seniors. There is also a special group rate for groups of 15 or more.
To purchase tickets, call the Jonesborough Historic Visitor Center at (423) 753-1010 or go online at jonesboroughtheatre.com.
The theater is located at 125.5 W. Main St., Jonesborough, TN.
From the Town of Jonesborough:
In accordance with current CDC guidelines, masks are requested for all clients attending our performances.