BRISTOL — Based on the perennial holiday movie favorite, A Christmas Story, the Musical, takes place in 1940s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas – an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model BB Gun. But almost everyone else is convinced he’ll shoot his eye out! Undeterred, he begins his efforts to convince all the necessary players – from his sweet but protective mother to his straight-laced teacher, Miss Shields, and all the way to Santa Claus himself – that he needs the gun to protect his loved ones, and maybe for a little cowboy glory to call his own.

Ralphie’s vivid imagination conjures up several show-stopping numbers, from “Ralphie to the Rescue” in which he defeats every foe a young boy can think of (robbers, villains, and of course, the school bully), to the exciting tap routine performed by the sedate Miss Shields, who sheds her sweater set for a glittery gown and a whole lot of moxie.

But Ralphie’s not the only one with dreams of grandeur. His dad (“The Old Man”) is set on winning a prize in the $50,000 Great Figures of World Literature Contest. His dreams come true when he wins an award from the competition in the form of a garish, fishnet stocking-clad leg lamp, which horrifies his wife but brings him unadulterated joy. In the show’s biggest number, The Old Man dreams up a fantastic dance sequence that goes from a euphoric ballet to a sultry tango with his fishnet-clad wife, ending with a show-stopping leg lamp can-can.

From start to finish, A Christmas Story, the Musical, is a wild ride toward one boy’s Christmas dream come true.

A Christmas Story, the Musical, is directed by Brock Butler, with choreography by Jake DeLong and Kellie MacGowan, vocal direction by Heidi Ferris, music direction by Mark Swendsen, costumes by Linda Wiesinger and Dawn Blessing, and stage management by Carl Wiesinger.

All performances are at the Bristol Opera House, in Bristol, Indiana. Tickets for A Christmas Story, the Musical, are available by phone at 574-848-4116 weekday afternoons or online at elkhartcivictheatre.org.

The Elkhart Civic Theatre 2017-2018 Season is sponsored by Laura and Jack B. Smith, Jr., and Gaska Tape, with support by Elkhart Civic Theatre Media Sponsor WNIT Public Television. Additionally, this project is made possible by the Indiana Arts Commission, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

WHAT: A Christmas Story, the Musical presented by the Elkhart Civic Theatre, form the Book by Joseph Robinette; Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

WHERE: The Bristol Opera House, 210 E. Vistula Street (SR 120 East), Bristol

WHEN: Nov. 17, 18 and Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 19 and Dec. 3 and 10 at 3 p.m.

TICKETS: Call 574-848-4116 Monday through Friday from 1 – 5:30 p.m. for reservations. Or purchase online at elkhartcivictheatre.org.

The Cast

Ralphie - Eddie Bell

Narrator - Cecil Eastman

Mother - Kristen Kinder

The Old Man - Brock Butler

Randy - Liam Riggs

Flick - Cameron Lancaster

Schwartz - Landon Dean

Scut Farkus - Joshua Hatfield

Grover Dill - Skye Steury

Mary Beth - Libby Eichorn

Esther - Parker Morton

Nancy - Riley Fain

Miss Shields - Bethany Wirick

Santa - Keith Sarber

Schwartz’s Mom - Karen Payton

Dancers - Lizzy Abel, Bonnie MacGowan, Kellie MacGowan, Katie Ouellette

Ensemble - Sarah Campbell, Jeff Distelhorst, Maya Kaufman, Samuel Nganga, Bianca Orue, Jean Robinson, Lilly Smith

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