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‘White Christmas’ Comes To Charm City

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s one of the most popular Christmas songs ever and it’s heading to the stage of the Hippodrome.

A local cast member in Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” gives Christie Ileto an inside look at the holiday show.

This week, the timeless songs and uplifting story of two show biz friends trying to save a Vermont inn are on the stage of the Hippodrome.

“That’s pretty special to get to sing all those great songs every night,” said Broadway star Ruth Williamson.

Williamson plays Martha Watson.

“I kind of run the inn and during the course of the play, we find out that Martha used to be a Broadway star so thus I do three big numbers,” she said.

Williamson, a Baltimore native, got her first taste for performing right here.

“I went to UMBC and studied theater. [Denise Koch] became an assistant professor and taught one of my first acting classes,” she said.

Looks like the classes paid off.

Having performed on several stages, the glitz and glam she sports on stage are an added bonus for playing her character. But the biggest perk of all are the songs.

“My favorite song in the whole show is `Count Your Blessings,’” she said.

But it’s the iconic “White Christmas” song she says will have the audience leaving in the holiday spirit.

Tuesday was opening night and the shows run through Sunday.

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