Described by Teri Snelgrove.
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Based on the popular film, this festive musical tells a tale familiar to anyone who has ever been a kid: the dogged pursuit of acquiring a desired toy. It’s the 1940s and for 9-year-old Ralphie nothing under the tree will satisfy—save for an Official Red Ryder carbine-action BB gun. Filled with whimsical imagery, a memorable score, and energetic dance sequences, this Canadian premiere makes a great holiday gift for the whole family.
Book by Joseph Robinette
Words and music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Direction and Choreography by Valerie Easton
Musical Direction by Danny Balkwill
The Narrator of the story is Jean Shepherd, a big city Radio Personality.
THE PARKER FAMILY:
RALPHIE PARKER is a 9-year-old boy and the semi-autobiographical version of the Narrator;
Ralphie’s MOTHER is a homemaker;
Ralphie’s father, THE OLD MAN, is a puzzle contest aficionado;
And RANDY is Ralphie’s younger brother.
AT RALPHIE’S SCHOOL:
Ralphie’s 4 classmates, SCHWARTZ, FLICK, ESTHER JANE and MARY BETH;
The School Bully, SCUT FARKUS, and his side-kick GROVER DILL;
And MISS SHIELDS, Ralphie’s schoolteacher.
AT HIGBEE’S DEPARTMENT STORE:
A cranky department-store Santa and his team of over-worked elves.
The Narrator introduces the story from his modern-day radio station New York City. The story he tells begins on December 1st, 1940 in the small town of Hohman, Indiana.
Locations include the Parker family home on Cleveland Street, the Family Car, Higbee’s Department Store and Frankie’s Classroom. Several snowy outdoor scenes take place in front of the house, down the street and in the schoolyard.
“The Arts Club’s production of A Christmas Story: The Musical is like a great big holiday feast, bursting with scrumptious goodness.” –Vancouver Presents
“With a whole bunch of singing, dancing kids (and adults) on stage, no nudity and nary a cussword, this is clean, rollicking family entertainment… it’s enough to boot the Bah! Humbug right out of you.” –Jo Ledingham
“A Christmas Story, The Musical boasts not only a lot of laughs and catchy tunes, but has a genuine heart at the center of it.” -Lords of Dogwood
“If you crave a very light, easily-digestible story that you can take your kids to, this one will get them fired up and into the holiday spirit.” –Vancouverscape
Ralphie to the Rescue (video)
Meet the Kids in the Cast (video)
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