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Beloved Classic “A Christmas Story” Opens on Dec. 7th

Parker Family (from left): Langdon Ogburn as Ralphie, Andrea  Schulz Twiss as Mother, Bill Yates Jr. as The Old Man, Carter  Godwin as Randy (photo by Curtis Brown for NCT)

The Parker Family (from left): Langdon Ogburn as Ralphie, Andrea Schulz Twiss as Mother, Bill Yates Jr. as The Old Man, Carter Godwin as Randy (photo by Curtis Brown for NCT)

Broadway Series South, in association with Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy, will present Philip Grecian’s stage adaptation of A Christmas Story, based on the award-winning 1983 Warner Bros. motion picture that became an instant classic, on Dec. 7-12, 14-19, and 21-24 in A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC. The North Carolina Theatre will provide general management for this joint production, and Barton College of Wilson, NC will serve as the show’s presenting sponsor.

The film and stage versions of A Christmas Story are based on stories from the Indiana boyhood of Jean Shepherd (1921-99), from his short-story collections In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash (1966) and Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories (1971). Shepherd, Leigh Brown, and Bob Clark penned the screenplay for the 1983 film, directed by Bob Clark; and Grecian adapted that screenplay for the stage in 2000.

According to Broadway Series South:

“… A Christmas Story follows nine-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself, at Goldblatt’s Department Store. The consistent response: ‘You’ll shoot your eye out.’

“All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the wet tongue on a cold lamppost experiment; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a fishnet stocking; and much, much more. This beloved holiday movie seen by millions is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial here in the Triangle for years to come!”

SECOND OPINION: Dec. 5th Raleigh, NC News & Observer preview by Glenn McDonald: http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/12/05/841495/youll-shoot-your-eye-out.html.

Broadway Series South, in association with Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy, presents A CHRISTMAS STORY at 7 p.m. Dec. 7-10, 14-17, and 21-23; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19; and 2 p.m. Dec. 24 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601.

TICKETS: $26-$46.

BOX OFFICE: North Carolina Theatre Box Office: 919/831-6941, ext. 6944. Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000, 919/834-4000, or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115202/820971.

GROUP RATES (10+ tickets): 919/857-4565. SHOW: http://broadwayseriessouth.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Calendar&file=listevent-bss2008&eid=10000.

PRESENTERS/SPONSORS:

Broadway Series South: http://www.broadwayseriessouth.com/.

Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy: http://www.hotsummernightsatthekennedy.org/.

North Carolina Theatre: http://www.nctheatre.com/theatre/index.html.

Barton College: http://www.barton.edu/.

VENUE: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/page.php?mode=privateview&pageID=27.

DIRECTIONS: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/page.php?mode=privateview&pageID=36.

PARKING: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/page.php?mode=privateview&pageID=37.

NOTE: Arts Access, Inc. of Raleigh (http://www.artsaccessinc.org/) will audio describe the 2 p.m. Dec. 18th performance.

OTHER LINKS:

The Play: http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=271 (Dramatic Publishing).

The Script: http://books.google.com/ (Google Books).

The Playwright: http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/AuthorBio.php?titlelink=9381 (Dramatic Publishing).

Jean Shepherd: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Shepherd (Wikipedia).

The Film: http://www2.warnerbros.com/achristmasstory/ (official Warner Home Video DVD website), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Christmas_Story (Wikipedia), and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085334/ (Internet Movie Database).

EDITOR’S NOTE:

Robert W. McDowell is editor and publisher of Triangle Theater Review, a FREE weekly e-mail theatrical newsletter that provides more comprehensive, in-depth coverage of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill theater than all of the other news media combined. This preview is reprinted with permission from Triangle Theater Review.

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