This weekend at the Phipps

Phipps-Logo‘White Christmas’ at the Phipps

Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” a stage adaptation of one of America’s most popular Christmas films, will be produced Nov. 1 through Dec. 1 at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Based on the 1954 movie starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney, the show is about a successful song and dance team, Bob Wallace (Kevin Leines, Hudson) and Phil Davis (Rico Heisler, Hudson), who team up with singing sisters, Betty (Lynnea Sundman, Minneapolis) and Judy Haynes (Mackenzie Lewis, Hudson), to put on a show to save the inn of their former commanding general (Tom Monn, Woodbury).

The rest of the area cast consists of: Clara Ashwood, Hudson; Bruce Bell-Meyers, Stillwater; Darcey Bell-Meyers, Stillwater; Doug Blackwell, Stillwater; Page Carter, Cottage Grove; Alicia Gottwalt, St. Paul; Cassidy Hall, Afton; Tony Harstedt, Crystal; Victoria Jones, St. Paul; Jennifer Larson, River Falls; Stacy Medellin, Woodbury; Solveg Neseth, Stillwater; Scott Peterson, Hudson; Missy Simmons, Hudson; Charlie Thompson, Hudson; Tavia Trulson, Hudson;  Ambrosia Webb, Hudson; Diane Wendt, Oak Park Heights; Todd William, Lake Elmo; and Victoria Wyffels, Stillwater.

Filled with dancing, romance, laughter and some of the most memorable songs ever written, it promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family. Berlin’s score features 17 songs, including “Happy Holiday,” “Blue Skies,” “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “I Love a Piano,” “How Deep is the Ocean,” “Sisters” and “White Christmas.”

Performances will be on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $24 for adults and $17 for students of all ages, with a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinees. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409 or online at

Harpist and storyteller Nov. 10

Patrick Ball, one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a spoken word artist, will perform at 7p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

In “Celtic Harp and Story,” this acclaimed artist rekindles the fire and wonder of an evening of Irish storytelling. For in telling the marvelous old tales of wit and enchantment, and in playing the ancient, brass-strung harp of Ireland, he not only carries on two of the richest traditions of Celtic culture, but blends them in concert to create “a warm and magical performance.”

Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for students of all ages. Discounts are available by purchasing season tickets. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409 or online at

Galleries for your viewing pleasure

The following will be on view through Nov. 17 in the galleries of the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

A series of exhibitions featuring needle-felted fiber and mixed media installation by Felice Amato of Madison, Wis., and St. Paul; a photography exhibit by Dirk Anschutz of New York, organized by Upstream Arts of Minneapolis; assemblage sculpture by Gary and MaryAnn Carlson of Rush City, Minnesota; ceramic vessels and sculpture by Andrea Leila Denecke of Scandia, Minnesota; drawings and paintings by Patrick Kemal Pryor of Minneapolis; and mixed media figurative work by Sally Roscoe of Minneapolis.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, as well as one hour before all performances in The Phipps theaters and through intermission.