December 2019

Blue Skies Ahead as Hilton Head Christian Academy Presents Timeless Christmas Musical

Author: Dorothy Guscio | Photographer: Gustavo Rattia

Kick off the holiday season you’ve been dreaming of with Hilton Head Christian Academy’s (HHCA) award-winning theater department as they present the timeless production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical, December 5-7, at the Seahawk Cultural Center on Hilton Head Island.

Based on the beloved film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features 17 Irving Berlin songs including “Blue Skies,” “I Love a Piano,” How Deep is the Ocean,” and, of course, “White Christmas.” With a book by David Ives and Paul Blake, the stage adaptation is sure to melt the hearts of theater-goers young and old!

HHCA senior Daniel Harrington leads the cast as WWII veteran Bob Wallace, who has a successful song-and-dance act with army pal Phil Davis, portrayed by HHCA newcomer and senior Rashad Gadson.

With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters, played by Kaleigh Montgomery and Harper Krimm, en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former Army commander General Waverly, portrayed by senior Ben Jones.

The four soon realize the future of the inn is in peril because Vermont is experiencing a heat wave in December, driving away all potential customers. So, Wallace and Davis hatch a scheme to help save the general’s beloved inn just in time for Christmas.

The 25-person cast also features junior Gracie Auld as housekeeper Martha Watson and eighth graders Millie Gilbreath and Emma Kate Dalzell split the role of the general’s granddaughter, Susan Waverly.

The cast is led by director Michelle McElroy, who is yet again joining forces with choreographer and HHCA alum Jamal Edwards. Musical Director James Berry will lead a 20-piece live orchestra featuring students and professionals from around our community.

“Our students’ dedication to the show is inspiring and I’m sure will result in one of the best productions yet,” McElroy said. “Our cast features many HHCA seniors who have become staples in our local performing arts community. With this being their last large school musical, students have gone all out, pouring hours upon hours into rehearsal. They are working hard to master tricky harmonies, develop their characters and even learn to tap dance!”

This timeless tale of love, joy and goodwill is sure to put anyone into the holiday spirit! Shows run December 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. and December 7 at 2 p.m. at the Seahawk Cultural Center. Tickets are $12 for students/seniors and $18 for adults. For additional information, contact Michelle McElroy at mmcelroy@hhca.org. Tickets can be purchased www.athhcadrama.eventbrite.com. 

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