FULTON – CNY Arts Center announces the run of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas will be presented at the Fourth Street School at 167 S. Fourth St. in Fulton, December 7-16, with Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.
Auditions were held and the show cast more than six months ago in anticipation of a summer performance date in August.
Rehearsals began immediately.
In June, a brand new community arts center was purchased and renovations made an August opening unlikely.
The production was rescheduled until December and the cast went on hiatus as work on the center started in late August.
Rehearsals resumed in early October, taking place in the much smaller Arts Hotspot while the cast waited to see if the new stage would be ready in time.
However, in spite of an ongoing herculean effort by contractors, the project coordinator, and the board of directors, the decision was finally made to look for an alternative stage to present the popular Christmas musical.
“Costumes are ready, music, dances, lines learned and everything ready to go,” said director Nancy Fox. “But, the new center it just not ready for the public to enter. It has to do with final connections for the fire alarm system and safety of our patrons and Arts Center family. We’re not willing to rush the opening date without all the renovations completed. We want to do things right the first time around. We’re very close and when we open, we’ll have so much more to enjoy along with our theatre productions.”
While they are all a little disappointed that White Christmas won’t debut the new stage, “We know we have a wonderful holiday production to bring and a lot of joy to celebrate. The popular movie that the musical is based on, is a favorite holiday tradition and we’ve been singing White Christmas for months now! The audience is in for a real treat with a very well-rehearsed, beautiful production,” Fox added.
For more information or tickets now available online, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com.