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A Christmas Story
A Christmas Story
Jean Shepherd's joyous celebration of childhood

"Classics bloom quickly in modern times...you don't have to have grown up with 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his ache for an air rifle under the tree to think of A Christmas Story as a Christmas must. And [this] version is just as kindly and just as cockeyed as A Christmas Story is meant to be." —Elizabeth Maupin, Orlando Sentinel

"I thoroughly fell in love with the show. This version is quite meaningful. It plays well." —Van Kaplan, Executive Producer, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.

"A Christmas Story is still...one of the more enchanting ways to be transported to a world beyond our own. Yet it also serves to remind us how lucky we are to live a culturally rich life...and Philip Grecian's thoughtful stage adaptation preserves the old...references." —Tony Brown, [Cleveland] Plain Dealer

"Grecian's script retains Shepherd's wry, tongue-in-cheek humor." —Eric Marchese, Orange County Register
Comedy. By Philip Grecian. Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark; and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.

Cast: 7m., 4w. (Expandable.) Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-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 Higbee'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 boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial. Unit set. Approximate running time: 2 hours.

Play details
Status:  (Subject to Restriction)
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  CA9
Cast Size:  11
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  123
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.25
Approx. Running Time:  120 min.
Categories
Target Audience: YoungAudiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Senior Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Holiday | Fantasy
ISBN (10): 1583420312
Publication Date: 08/21/2000
Biographies
Philip Grecian's authorized stage adaptation of the film A Christmas Story has had well over 1,000 productions, professional and amateur, since its publication in 2000. His stage adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been on the boards for 40 years, and his full stage adaptation of It's a Wonderful Life has been produced multiple times by North American ...More
Jean Shepherd was a writer, humorist, satirist, actor, radio raconteur, and television and film personality. A master storyteller, he took bits and pieces from his youth in Hammond, Indiana, his adventures in the Army Signal Corps and stories of the obscure and infamous were all fertile sources for his tales. For almost three decades, he told these stories to eager ...More
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This title can be licensed/sold throughout the world
* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.


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