Theatre Talk: A Christmas Story

’Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring—especially you, because you couldn’t wait to watch your annual 24-hour A Christmas Story marathon.

Or was this just my seasonal fairy tale?

We all know and love that 1983 film about that young boy named Ralphie and his obsession with acquiring a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. You’ll see it about ten times before the first week of December is over…and on Christmas Eve, it seems every channel plays a back-to-back marathon in case you didn’t catch it the first 100 times. Why is that? Why are we obsessed with this classic film? Because it is exactly that—a classic. Another classic that will become a new tradition for me to see every holiday season is A Christmas Story: The Musical. I had the pleasure of seeing this at The Fox Theatre on opening night, and it was spectacular. Keeping the well-known characters and the zany situations some of them get themselves into, the stage version almost seemed like welcoming back an old friend. It was great because A Christmas Story is a full-blown holiday memory for most of us. It was quirky. It was fun. It was relatable! You got that same nostalgia in this stage version that added a few more elements to make it its own unique entity. You had show-stopping numbers, elaborate set dynamics and pieces, and EXTREMELY TALENTED CHILDREN. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the children!! Have you ever seen a full group of children break out into a tap number, then head right into a quick change to “perform” at a saloon?! My goodness, that is what theatre is all about—talent!!

I felt the spirit of every one of these actors and actresses. They truly believed in the story that they were telling. It wasn’t just a brash re-telling of a well-known piece, but an individual classic that will live on forever!

Please come out and see this show at The Fox Theatre, now through December 4th. Tickets are still on sale, and you can purchase them here.

—Wendell Scott

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