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A Christmas Story Cover CA9000

A Christmas Story

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.

Product Code: CA9000

  • Full-length Play
  • Comedy
  • Cast size: 7m., 4w. (Expandable.)

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Min. Royalty Rate: $120/perf

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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.


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  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code CA9000
  • Cast Size 11
  • Min. Royalty Rate $120/perf
  • Cost $12.95
  • Approx. Run Time 120 min


  • Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages)
  • Performing Group High School | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
  • Genre Comedy
  • ISBN(13) 9781583420317
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Customer Reviews

"This is an amazing script. The stage directions are complex but necessary to the success of a production so full of humor and critical timing. The audience loved the show and said, "It's got everything in it we expected from the movie...and more." They loved it. Thank you for providing such an excellent script. It's a work of art!"
Review by Jeffrey Emmerich, College of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City, N.C.
"This play had broad appeal and because of the way it closely followed the movie, audiences loved it! Our narrator was closely interwoven into each scene which worked extremely well! Bravo!"
Review by Debbie Bell, South Carolina Children's Theatre, Greenville, S.C.
"We had sell out audiences for all shows. Several people said they enjoyed the play even more than the movie."
Review by Dixie Belcher, Sapulpa Community Theatre, Sapulpa, Okla.
"Nicely written, conforms well to Jean Shepherd's original stories. Thank you for including info on how to get the leg lamp."
Review by Toni Neri, Somerset Valley Players, Somerville, N.J.
"Very successful adaptation of the beloved movie -- our audiences loved it and the run sold out."
Review by Linda Thayer, Good Company Players, Fresno, Calif.
"Has all the fun of the movie. The top grossing play in the last ten years."
Review by Pat Kardas, Racine Theater Guild, Racine, Wis.
"A Christmas Story gave our theatre an opportunity to use a mix of young and old volunteers to provide a wonderful holiday production. This play lends itself to creativity."
Review by Mary Joe Holewa, Troup Theatre, St. Cloud, Minn.
"What a delight. Very true to the original movie. The cowboy monologue was hilarious. I still get requests to do it."
Review by Phil Johnson, Greater Escambia Council for the Arts, Brewton, Ala.
"A Christmas Storyhas become a much-anticipated part of our holiday production rotation. It holds closely to the original stories of Jean Shepherd and, of course, the classic film. An excellent show with which to begin the season."
Review by Joseph Ferreira, KP Drama & GAPS, Wrentham, Mass.
"Audience liked the play version better than film ... Especially liked size of cast and the flow of the storyÑadult Ralph's inclusion in and out of story was fun; parents' scenes were excellent."
Review by Heide Fagan, River Theater Company, Charlestown, N.H.
"The play version has captured every moment of the movie. Audiences were quoting lines right along with the actors. We'll do the show again soon."
Review by Deborah Baldwin, PACE, Columbia, Mo.
"Great play! [It] was a smash hit. Thanks for including the leg-lamp site as a link on your website."
Review by Carrie Gerrard, Lake Stevens High School, Lake Stevens, Wash.
"An extraordinary show! It drew people in who had never been to our theatre before. The cast had a great time and compliments abounded. It was the perfect show for our group!"
Review by Jane N. Bostian, Wapello High School, Wapello, Iowa
"The script for A Christmas Story is whimsical and witty, blending excellent writing with exceptional humor. I knew what was coming, but I laughed every time. I haven't enjoyed a play this much since I was a daffodil in kindergarten."
Review by Kathy Aldrich, Angola High School, Angola, Ind.
"A Christmas Story was a wild success and became the most successful play in our company's 75-hear history!"
Review by Scott RC Levy, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colo.
"I thoroughly fell in love with the show. This version is quite meaningful. It plays well."
Review by Van Kaplan, Executive Producer, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.

Hints, Tips, and Tricks

"The show is prop heavy, so be sure to gather up your props early in the process. We also ordered the leg lamp online (full size). It was expensive, so we sold raffle tickets during intermission and raffled it off during the final performance. "
Tip by Keli Solomon, Sherman Players, Sherman, Conn.
"Make sure you have allowed for an individual prop person."
Tip by Mary Joe Holewa, Troup Theatre, St. Cloud, Minn.
"Order the leg lamp. It's so important."
Tip by Phil Johnson, Greater Escambia Council for the Arts, Brewton, Ala.
"If you can substitute a revolve for the swinging fence/wall, you create greater opportunities for creative scene changes, especially on smaller stages."
Tip by Joseph Ferreira, KP Drama & GAPS, Wrentham, Mass.
"We produced this play on a small stage where you cannot build a true two-story setÑdon't be intimidatedÑthere are great creative solutions to the scenery."
Tip by Katie Simons, Corinth Theatre Arts, Corinth, Miss.
"The props are tricky. Start collecting/making them early on."
Tip by Erika Nguyen, Chance Theater, Orange, Calif.

Media Reviews

"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." —Plain Dealer

"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." —Orlando Sentinel

"Grecian's script retains Shepherd's wry, tongue-in-cheek humor." —Orange County Register

Production Map

Location City State Opens Closes
Oakley Valley Arts Council, Inc. Oakley Idaho 11/3/2022 11/12/2022
Cary Players Cary North Carolina 12/2/2022 12/5/2022
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Ponte Vedra Beach Florida 12/16/2022 12/18/2022
Fourth Wall Entertainment Troupe San Andreas California 11/25/2022 12/18/2022
Stage Coach Players DeKalb Illinois 12/8/2022 12/18/2022
Miners Alley Playhouse Golden Colorado 11/25/2022 12/23/2022
The Pocket Community Theatre Hot Springs Arkansas 12/2/2022 12/11/2022
Palette Masque & Lyre Inc Antioch Illinois 12/2/2022 12/18/2022
The Woodland Opera House Woodland California 11/18/2022 12/11/2022
Theatre of the Actors Guild of Schuylkill County St Clair Pennsylvania 12/9/2022 12/11/2022
Wylie Acting Group Wylie Texas 12/2/2022 12/11/2022
Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theatre Emmetsburg Iowa 12/9/2022 12/18/2022
Muncie Civic Theatre Muncie Indiana 11/25/2022 12/23/2022
Von Braun Center Playhouse Huntsville Alabama 11/11/2022 11/20/2022
Parkland College Theatre Champaign Illinois 12/1/2022 12/11/2022
4th Street Theatre Moberly Missouri 12/9/2022 12/11/2022
Arkansas Public Theatre Rogers Arkansas 12/8/2023 12/23/2023
Tacoma Little Theatre Tacoma Washington 12/2/2022 12/24/2022
Pax Amicus Castle Theatre Budd Lake New Jersey 12/3/2022 12/18/2022
Mukwonago High Mukwonago Wisconsin 12/1/2022 12/4/2022
Valerie Theatre Inverness Florida 12/9/2022 12/18/2022
Webb Theatre St. Norbert College (Evergreen Productions performs their season here) De Pere Wisconsin 12/8/2022 12/18/2022
Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Pleasant Hill Missouri 12/16/2022 12/17/2022
HJ Center for the Performing Arts Greenfield Indiana 12/2/2022 12/11/2022
Morgan Hill Community Playhouse Morgan Hill California 11/18/2022 12/10/2022
Hanifl Performing Arts Center White Bear Lake Minnesota 11/18/2022 12/18/2022
Yocum Institute for Arts Education West Lawn Pennsylvania 12/1/2022 12/11/2022
Community Learning Center Kendallville Indiana 12/2/2022 12/4/2022
The Capitol Civic Centre Manitowoc Wisconsin 11/10/2022 11/12/2022
The Schultz Theatre and School of Performing Arts Broadway Virginia 12/1/2022 12/11/2022
San Luis Obispo Little Theatre (SLOLT) San Luis Obispo California 12/3/2022 12/18/2022
Flowertown Players Summerville South Carolina 12/2/2022 12/18/2022
Barnstormers Theatre Grants Pass Oregon 12/2/2022 12/18/2022
Liberty High School Bethlehem Pennsylvania 12/1/2022 12/3/2022
Gas Station Arts Centre Winnipeg Manitoba 12/19/2022 12/21/2022
Ti-Ahwaga Community Players Owego New York 12/2/2022 12/11/2022
Cactus Canyon Junior High Apache Junction Arizona 12/15/2022 12/16/2022
The Pollock Center Camp Hill Pennsylvania 12/9/2022 12/9/2022
High Springs Playhouse High Springs Florida 12/2/2022 12/18/2022
Massasoit Community College-Buckley Performing Arts Center Brockton Massachusetts 12/3/2022 12/11/2022
Valerie Theatre Inverness Florida 12/9/2022 12/18/2022
Tehachapi Community Theatre Association Tehachapi California 12/2/2022 12/18/2022
Pinecrest Theater Mount Morris Illinois 11/4/2022 11/13/2022
Act3 Playhouse Sandy Springs Georgia 12/2/2022 12/18/2022
The Spring Valley Stagehands Theatre Spring Valley Wisconsin 12/8/2022 12/18/2022
Limestone Stage Lockport Illinois 12/2/2022 12/11/2022
Cleveland Community College Shelby North Carolina 11/25/2022 12/4/2022


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