"...I can only imagine where this kid will be at age 16, but something tells me a Tony Award could be involved."
"White Christmas, With James Clow, Stefanie Morse, David Elder, Mara Davi, Opens Dec. 13 at the Kennedy Center"
Kennedy Center Opera House Opens WHITE CHRISTMAS, 12/11
Shannon is very grateful for the opportunity to do the tour for 2 years. She had so much fun not only performing, but in her off-time with many in the company, and even her family (when they joined her in certain cities). Here are some of Shannon's favorite memories from both tours;
Niagra Falls with Andie - 2012 Tour
The Flight Simulator at the Science Museum, Milwaukee - 2013 Tour
Halloween in Times Square (breaking from rehearsal!) - 2012 Tour
Going to 6 Flags with castmates and family in Dallas
Baltimore Aquarium with sister Brigid - 2013 Tour
Seeing herself on a billboard in Springfield, MO.
At The National Mall in Washington, D.C. - 2012 Tour
Lurking around the Juanita Hammons Hall on Halloween - 2013 Tour
New Year's Eve with the family at the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. 2012
2013 Tour: David Elder (Phil Davis) with Shannon and sister Brigid, who played Susan Waverly with David as Phil Davis in the Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia) production of White Christmas in 2010.
Broadway National Tour 2012 & 2013
For 2 years in a row (2012 and 2013) Shannon was fortunate to play Susan Waverly in the Broadway National Tour of Irving Berlin's White Christmas. The casts for both tours featured many Broadway veterans, with several reprising their roles from the Broadway productions of Irving Berlin's White Christmas. For 2012 and 2013, the tour took Shannon across the nation, playing in many wonderful theatres in cities such as Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Buffalo, Milwaukee, Nashville, Dallas, and many more. Under the direction of Norb Joerder and choregraphed by Randy Skinner, the tour received rave reviews and many sold out engagements. Shannon is very grateful to the cast, crew, producers, casting and everyone who made these shows possible. Click here to read reviews of both tours.
2012 NATIONAL TOUR
"...and Shannon Harrington as Susan Waverly is simply endearing and she easily steals the spotlight."
"...and his adorable granddaughter, Susan (Shannon Harrington on this opening night) were convincing and lovable in their roles."
In 2010, Shannon's older sister Brigid played Susan Waverly at the historic Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia before going on to play Jane Banks in Mary Poppins on Broadway. At that time Shannon was only 6 years old, and loved to watch her older sister perform the role on stage. In fact Shannon was so taken with the show and the music that she listened to the original Broadway cast recording every night for 2 years. Shannon would fall asleep listening to the soundtrack, never tiring of it.
So when the call came from her manager that she had an audition to play Susan Waverly, she was confident. She was familiar with the show, the lines and the song (Susan's big solo number) that she needed to perform at her audition. After a callback or two, another call came from Shannon's manager telling her the good news...she was going to be Susan for the Broadway National Tour!
So in on a Fall day in 2012, Shannon said goodbye to her classmates and teacher for a while and began rehearsals with the rest of the cast in New York City. Even though Hurricane Sandy cut the last couple of rehearsal days in NYC a little short, the cast and crew hit the road shortly after Halloween that October and headed for Hershey, PA.
In Hershey the company finished up rehearsals and tech. From there, the show traveled to Nashville, Buffalo, Columbus, Dayton, and finally would up at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for an entire month. It was an incredible experience for Shannon!
A Wonderful Cast & Crew
Shannon was happy to be able to perform with some of the most talented people in the business. Broadway veteran David Elder (Phil Davis) had played the same role at the Walnut Street Theatre with Brigid in 2010, so Shannon was thrilled to get to perform with him too, just like her big sister. Other Broadway veterans (several reprising their roles from the Broadway production) included James Clow (Bob Wallace), Mara Davi (Judy Haynes), Ruth Williamson (Martha Watson), Stephanie Morse (Betty Haynes), and Cliff Bemis (Ezekiel Foster).
An incredible supporting cast and ensemble rounded out a superb company.
A Month at the Kennedy Center
After performing in several cities, the tour culminated in a month-long engagement at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
It was an honor for Shannon and her fellow castmates to get to perform at The Kennedy Center Opera House. This amazing venue has held so many historical and significant shows and events, most notably the annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala.
Shannon enjoyed performing on that incredible stage many times, and was so happy to get to perform on Christmas Day for a very festive crowd. Also, the entire company was invited to an incredible party in The Grand Foyer of the Kennedy Center after their New Year's Eve performance. It was a night to remember with thousands of people... and just as many balloons dropping from the ceiling at the stroke of midnight.
2013 NATIONAL TOUR
"Shannon Harrington is adorable as Susie...She is a beautiful little girl with big, warm eyes. What impressed me most was how she was devoid of any of that horrible, child acting young actors are taught. She instead creates an honest, natural child. This tiny bundle of talent holds her own with the leads."
In 2013 Shannon was thrilled to be asked back to reprise her role as Susan Waverly in the Broadway National Tour. She couldn't wait to see her old friends in the cast and crew and get back to "Pinetree" to play Susan again in this show that has become so dear to her.
Rehearsals took place in New York City again but with no hurricane to contend with! In just a week and a half, the entire company was off to Springfield, MO to finish rehearsals and tech.
Shannon spent the couple of hours between tutoring and dress rehearsals as "The Phantom", first trick-or-treating in some of Springfield's neighborhoods and then visiting everyone's dressing room back at the theatre. The entire cast and crew made sure there was plenty of candy and Halloween fun.
First stop was Oklahoma City - an incredible town! The Oklahoma crowds loved Shannon and the entire show. Even though it was early November and warm, Oklahoma City had plenty of Christmas spirit. From there the company performed in many sold-out performances to audiences in Tulsa, Fayetteville, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Des Moines all leading up to 2 week "sit-down" at the featured venue, The Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas.
The White Christmas Family of 2013
In 2013 Shannon reunited with many old friends in the cast and crew from 2012, and met new friends too!
Making another year of memories
All new cities in 2013, but with old friends in the cast and crew (and a few new ones), Shannon had the best time. There were so many interesting places to explore and wonderful, appreciative audiences to perform for. And thanks to the company and Shannon's tutor, Shannon had many historic, exciting and moving field trips to museums, aquariums, memorials and historic locations.
Opening Night at the featured venue of 2013!