Little Ralphie Parker’s fictional quest for a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas has become a seasonal classic on television.
Now, for the first time locally, Seneca Community Players brings Jean Shepherd’s hilarious and heartwarming story to the stage when it presents “A Christmas Story,” starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 in the Delavan Theatre on the New York Chiropractic College campus in Seneca Falls.
Directed by Ellie Albro, this fond and funny tribute to the original, traditional, 100-percent red-blooded, All-American Christmas is produced locally by Kim Brown. It will also be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 and in a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday the 10th.
Like the movie, the play is narrated by the adult Ralph (Patrick Fegley) who weaves together tales from his family, school and even a visit to the store Santa as his quest is thwarted everywhere he turns by warnings of “You’ll shoot your eye out.”
All the elements from the beloved 1983 film are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace, the Old Man's (Steve Mitchell) “Major Award,” Scut Farkas the school bully, played by Gregory Pearsall; the “wet tongue on a cold lamppost” experiment; the Little Orphan Annie decoder ring, and much more.
Additional cast members include Maggie Hicks as Ralphie's Mother, Mary Kelleher-Comstock as Miss Shields, Max Butler as Randy, Drew Erskine as Flick, Logan Tandle as Schwartz, Sara Alexander as Esther Jane, and Sydney Butler as Helen. Ralphie's classmates are portrayed by Matthew Alexander, Gigi Dugo, Keira O’Connor, Lizzy Telvock and Brianna Wickard.
Tickets are $8 in advance and will be $10 at the door. They are available at WomanMade Products in Seneca Falls, Area Records and Music in Geneva, by calling (315) 568-9364, and on-line at SCP.