A Christmas Story
December 13-15 and December 16-22.
Adapted by Phillip Grecian from the motion picture by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, and Bob Clark.
This funny and heartwarming play is based on the film by humorist Jean Shepherd. His memoir, about growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s, follows 10-year-old Ralphie Parker (Champaign resident Kyle Klein II) in his unflappable campaign to get Santa to give him a “legendary official Red Rider carbine-action 200 shot range-model air rifle.” Ralphie pleads his case before his mother (Ashtia Jewel), his teacher (Mary Redmon), and even Santa Claus (Marty Harbaugh) himself at Goldblatt’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out.” This irresistible piece of Americana is the perfect family outing for the holidays. Rounding out the cast are perennial favorite Jack Milo as Ralphie’s “old man”, John McAvaney as the grown up Ralph, Oliver Adamson (Flick), Ian Cardwell (Schwartz), Nick Wilson (Scut Farkas), A.J. Zaccari (Grover Dill), Vincent Fiore (Randy), Zoe Bowers (Esther Jane), Blaine Lehman (Helen) and ensemble members Heather Weber, Josh Houghton and Hope Miller.
This irresistible piece of Americana, directed by Edward Carignan, is guaranteed to warm the heart and tickle the funny bone. FAMILY FRIENDLY.