South Shields teacher getting in the Christmas spirit for festive show

From left, Rebecca Watson, Michael Brown, Lucy Sutton and James Forster will be appearing in White Christmas at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House.

From left, Rebecca Watson, Michael Brown, Lucy Sutton and James Forster will be appearing in White Christmas at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House.

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A South Shields school teacher is getting into the Christmas spirit as she prepares to take to the stage for a festive musical.

Rebecca Watson is set to star in White Christmas at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House, in Newcastle.

The 33-year-old, who teaches music at St Wilfrid’s RC College, in Temple Park Road, South Shields, will be portraying Betty in the show with a score penned by Irving Berlin.

She said: “I’m incredibly excited to be playing Betty in such a wonderful musical at a gorgeous theatre.

“Christmas is my favourite time of year and the show is packed full of familiar songs. Irving Berlin is a fantastic composer and I really enjoy singing his music.

“I’m really enjoying the challenges of the role and working with the cast and production team. I’m most excited about getting the costumes as I love 50s fashion.”

White Christmas is set to run at the theatre from November 22 to 26.

The famous show centres around Bob Wallace and Phil Davies, a vaudeville act who serve in the army during the Second World War, and meet the Haynes sisters during a stint on the Ed Sullivan Show after returning to ‘civvie street’.

They end up in Vermont with the girls but by coincidence, their army commander, General Waverley, owns the inn where they’re staying.

The General is facing bankruptcy and the quartet stage a Broadway-style production in the barn to save his business.

It includes songs like Sisters, Blue Skies, Let Yourself Go and White Christmas.

The show’s director Val Shield said: “This is a wonderful, lively show and we’ve got a great cast.

“It is packed with humour, pathos and of course a few misunderstandings along the way. There are some fantastic, high energy dance numbers, and with its universal appeal, it’s a wonderful show to help kick off the festive season in style for audiences of all ages.”

Tickets for the show cost from £9. To book, go to www.tynetheatreandoperahouse.co.uk or call the box office on 0844 2491 000.