'Tis the Season to Break a Leg

It's the holiday season and with the celebration comes cold weather, family get-togethers, presents and now, nights out to take in a show. Two theaters in the Capital District are preparing for opening night with their family-friendly holiday show.

Cohoes Music Hall is putting on a production of White Christmas. This play, based on the classic movie, is a first for this area.

"This was newly released and it's a Capital Region premiere. It's never been done here before," said Jim Charles, artistic director at Cohoes Music Hall.

The show opened on Nov. 30 and runs until Sunday, Dec. 16, with shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. A special matinee showing is set for Saturday, Dec. 15, also at 3 p.m.

The show begins long before opening night though. Actors must be chosen, dates set and rehearsals begun. The process for this show began back in the summer months.

"Most of the people in this production were cast at the end of August, beginning of September. We started rehearsing the week before Thanksgiving," Charles said.

The hard work of the cast makes the two-and-a-half week rehearsal time work for the productions of the theater.

"They rehearse from Tuesday to Sunday every week for about eight hours a day. They start at 2 in the afternoon and won't leave here until 10 or so at night," Charles said.

The Cohoes Music Hall is putting on a show that already is a classic; the movie that it is based from is a holiday favorite of many. But what about the shows that are less well-known, but still have that holiday magic?

Capital Repertory Theater has that covered with "Plaid Tidings." This production is a holiday sequel to "Forever Plaid," which took the stage at Cap Rep in 1999. The director of "Plaid Tidings," Dale Sandish explained the story.

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