The Mike Willette Christmas show, “A White Christmas,” will be presented Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston.

Willette’s show will include such guests as reindeer, elves, Rudolph, Frosty, Fifi the Christmas Firefly and Santa Claus.

“This is an old-fashioned, Andy Williams-style Christmas show for the entire family,” Willette said. “It’s all about the kids.”

Mitchell Clyde Thomas, one of Willette’s guests, has been entertaining audiences of all ages throughout New England for more than 30 years.

He got his start as a sidekick to his fiddle-playing grandfather.

An actor, singer, pianist and storyteller, Thomas has been involved in numerous productions at Lewiston-Auburn’s Community Little Theatre.

He has directed and produced several shows at that theater, including “The Wizard of Oz,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Earlier this year, he played the title role in “Man of La Mancha.”

Thomas will be singing “Light a Candle for Peace” and “O Holy Night” in a duet with Bob Gauthier.

Gauthier has performed throughout New England, singing major roles with New England Theater Company, Booth Productions and with the Salisbury Lyric Opera Company in Massachusetts.

Gauthier, who moved to Maine in 2001, was “Phantom” with Community Little Theatre in January 2003. He has also performed in the Portland area in a variety of venues, including the “Best of Broadway” at the Merrill Auditorium to benefit the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.

An ‘American Girl’

Another guest of the Christmas show is Danielle Nicole Blevins. Since the age of 5, she has been singing and winning more than 60 first-place awards for singing and entertaining. She won 2002 Album of the Year Country with her CD “American Girl.”

At the age of 12, she opened for country music legend Willie Nelson. She also received national recognition when she performed the national anthem for the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Other members in the cast are Abby Wilkins as the music box dancer, as well as Matt Buganza, Wilfred Danforth Jr., Ashton Plummer, Melina Plummer, Kaley Plummer, Olivia Mayo, Hanna Mathieu, Emma Galipeau, Paige Webber, Daphne Ellis, Megan Pare, Riley McCurdy, Sarah Johnson, Leah Graves and Becky Breau.

The show is directed by Richard Martin with costume design and set decoration by Paulee Willette, assisted by Loretta Perry. Kim Gagnon is the production stage manager.


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