FOREST CITY | Forest City will be having a "White Christmas" regardless of the weather forecast. 

This year's BrickStreet Theatre holiday production, which opens Dec. 8, is a stage musical based on the 1954 movie "White Christmas" starring Bing Cosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. 

Lynnea Fredrickson said BrickStreet asked her to direct "White Christmas" because "the old classics are kind of my specialty." 

Although the stage version premiered in 2000, it doesn't look like a new musical because it is set in the early 1950s, just like the movie, according to Fredrickson.

More than 30 people are in the cast.  

Both the movie and the stage musical are about two World War II Army buddies, Bob and Phil, who later become Broadway producers.

They put on a Christmas Eve show at their former commanding's officer's Vermont inn, which is in danger of closing. Along the way they become romantically involved with two performing sisters, Betty and Judy. 

The stage production of "White Christmas" was written as a Broadway musical, which makes it challenging, according to Fredrickson.

"This was not intended for community theater," she said. 

The production includes 18 scene changes. The character of Judy, played by Molly Schrade, requires nine costume changes. 

Four married couples are in the cast, including Molly and her husband, Ben Schrade, who plays Phil, and Nathaniel Hedin-Schmidt and Elizabeth Hedin-Schmidt, who play the other lead couple, Bob and Betty.

"It's pretty cute," Fredrickson said.  

Molly was a professional actor in the Twin Cities. She moved to Clear Lake three years ago.

This is her first BrickStreet production. 

She said she auditioned for this year's holiday musical because she loves "White Christmas" and has never performed in the stage version before.

Molly said she loves how small the ensemble is for "White Christmas" because it means everyone works closely together. 

Dancing is a big part of the show. 

"The dances are so fun," she said, noting they are as enjoyable for the performers as they will be for the audience. 

Elissa Hanna, a member of the ensemble, said this is not only her first BrickStreet production, but her first time performing onstage.

She said she decided to audition because she loves the movie and really wanted to be part of the stage version.

Hanna said although the show involves a lot of hard work,  it's been "a really memorable experience."

The six performances of "White Christmas" at the Forest City High School Auditorium will be Friday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m.

The doors open half an hour before showtime. 

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce in Forest City, online through www.brickstreettheatre.org, and at the door, pending availability.

All seats are general admission, except for the ones reserved for veterans. 

All veterans who present military ID will receive one free ticket to "White Christmas." They will be asked to stand and be recognized during a scene where the character of Gen. Waverly addresses members of his former division.

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