“WHITE CHRISTMAS” Forecast for the High Country on Dec. 22
Irving Berlin Musical Scheduled 67 Years After Its App Theatre Debut
BOONE, NC – No matter what the local weather forecast may predict, the Appalachian Theatre
guarantees a “White Christmas” in the High Country when the beloved movie musical
concludes its popular Holiday Classic Film Series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 22, in the
historic theatre on King Street in downtown Boone, NC.
The classic 1954 musical film was directed by Michael Curtiz and starred Bing Crosby, Danny
Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen. Filmed in Technicolor, it features the songs of Irving
Berlin, including a new version of the title song, “White Christmas,” first introduced by Crosby in
the 1942 film “Holiday Inn.”
Singers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis (Crosby and Kaye) join sister act Betty and Judy Haynes
(Clooney and Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into retired
General Waverly (Dean Jagger), the boys’ commander in World War II. They learn that Waverly
is having financial difficulties; his quaint country inn is failing. The foursome of entertainers plan
a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that’s sure to put the General and his
business in the black.
All the music and lyrics were written by Irving Berlin, who originally suggested a full-length movie
based on his 1942 hit. Indeed, the centerpiece of “White Christmas” is the title number, which
won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1942. In addition, the ballad “Count Your
Blessings” earned the picture its own Oscar nomination in the same category.
Another popular song was interpolated into the film from another medium. “Snow” was originally
written for Ethel Merman in the Broadway musical, “Call Me Madam” with the title “Free” but was
dropped in out-of-town tryouts. The melody and some of the words were kept, but the lyrics were
changed to be more appropriate for a Christmas movie. In addition, the song “What Can You Do
with a General?” was originally written for an un-produced project called “Stars on My Shoulders”
but found a perfect home in “White Christmas.”
Produced and distributed by Paramount Pictures, the film is notable for being the first to be
released in VistaVision, a widescreen cinematic process that entailed using twice the surface
area of standard 35mm film.
“White Christmas” is the seventh and final movie scheduled by the theatre on its holiday family
and holiday classic series, the largest number of seasonal films programmed since the local
landmark closed its doors in 2007. The titles were selected from hundreds of submissions by
audience members and the general public in a survey conducted last summer.
“We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Allen Wealth Management,” said App Theatre’s
Executive Director Suzanne Livesay. “They made the leap of faith with us by underwriting every
single film, enabling affordable ticket prices to attract the largest possible audience.”
Note that Films@TheApp are shown without movie previews or trailers, so please arrive a few
minutes before the scheduled start time to secure tickets and purchase concessions. The
general admission ticket price is just $5 per person, and attendees under the age of 13 must be
accompanied by a parent or guardian. The running time of the film is two hours.
While the App Theatre’s online ticketing system is accessible 24/7, customers can avoid the
online service fees by visiting the lobby box office between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Tuesday
through Friday, or one hour prior to showtime for each film. For a complete performance
schedule of all upcoming events, or to sign up for the theatre’s e-blast distribution list, visit the
organization’s website at www.apptheatre.org
Events, days, dates, times, performers, and prices are subject to change without notice.
About the Appalachian Theatre
The mission of the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country is to revitalize and sustain this historic community
touchstone as a quality home for diverse artists and audiences with a special focus on programs that celebrate our
distinctive Appalachian heritage and enhance our capacity to serve as an economic catalyst for Boone and the High
Country. Once a gorgeous 999-seat Art Deco movie house, the building closed in 2007 and sat empty and gutted
for years. On October 14, 2019, the Appalachian Theatre reopened its doors after a $10 million renovation that
brought the distinctive Art Deco details back to this historic theatre and created a new 629-seat, state-of-the-art,
acoustically pristine venue for live concerts, films, plays, and dance performances. The historic Appalachian Theatre
has entertained regional audiences in the heart of downtown Boone, NC since 1938. www.apptheatre.org