Triangle Arts and Entertainment – News and Reviews Theatre Dance Music Arts

Tag: Jean Shepherd

Harnett Regional Theatre Meets the Challenges of “A Christmas Story” Head-On

Harnett Regional Theatre recently changed its look, repainting and adding plush new carpet, and is celebrating the welcome change with a can’t-miss performance of the holiday classic, “A Christmas Story,” directed by Vicki Wade. While, at first glance, “A Christmas Story” seems like a simple play to produce, it’s actually anything but. The lighthearted and… Read More ›

The cast for "A Christmas Story" includes (clockwise from left) Joseph Gaitens, Bill LaFrankie, Matt Schedler, Amber Ivie, and Austin Harger

The Cary Players Are Reprising Their Hilarious Version of “A Christmas Story” Nov. 30-Dec. 3

The Cary Players will reprise their community-theater presentation of “A Christmas Story,” which delighted Triangle theatergoers from 2004 to 2007, on Nov. 30-Dec. 3 at the Cary Arts Center. Written in 2000, dramatist Philip Grecian’s stage adaptation of the classic 1983 motion picture based on Jean Shepherd’s stories is hilarious as it dramatizes the commotion the erupts when Ralphie Parker (played in this production by Joseph Gaitens) asks Santa Claus to bring him a genuine Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.

Gene Weygandt (left) as legendary cowboy Red Ryder and Clarke Hallum as his biggest fan, Ralphie Parker (photo © Carol Rosegg)

Light and Lively: “A Christmas Story: The Musical” Is an Early Christmas Present for Triangle Theatergoers

The light-and-lively national mini-tour of “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” which features an invigorating score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a sassy script by Joseph Robinette, based on the ever-popular 1983 Warner Bros. motion picture, is an early Christmas present for Triangle theatergoers still digesting their Thanksgiving turkey.

Five-City Tour of “A Christmas Story: The Musical” Hopes to Score a Bull’s Eye in Raleigh, NC

“The [1983] movie lends itself beautifully to the musical-theater genre,” claims director John Rando, “because so much of the movie is seen through the imagination of Ralphie Parker (Clarke Hallum)…. He imagines himself a cowboy, and he wants a [genuine Red Ryder] BB gun.”

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)

“A Christmas Story” Could Become a New Triangle Yuletide Tradition

This rib-tickling rendition of “A Christmas Story” may well have started a new Triangle tradition. Indeed, “You’ll shoot your eye out” may become as familiar a Yuletide slogan in these parts as “Bah! Humbug!” and “The glass slipper fits!”