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A Christmas Story

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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$11.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $105/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.


  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code CA9000
  • Cast Size 11
  • Min. Royalty Rate $105/perf
  • Cost $11.95
  • Approx. Run Time 120 min


  • Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages)
  • Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | TYA
  • 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 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

"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
Arkansas Public Theatre ROGERS Arkansas 12/8/2017 12/17/2017
Barn Lot Theater Edmonton Kentucky 11/30/2017 12/10/2017
Mill Mountain Theatre Roanoke Virginia 12/5/2017 12/23/2017
Weber Center for the Performing Arts La Crosse Wisconsin 12/7/2017 12/17/2017
Palette, Mask & Lyre Theatre Antioch Illinois 12/1/2017 12/17/2017
Maniacis Banquet Center Richmond Michigan 11/24/2017 11/25/2017
Canyon Theatre Guild Newhall California 11/24/2017 12/23/2017
Lake Worth Playhouse Lake Worth Florida 11/16/2017 12/3/2017
Victoria Theatre Dayton Ohio 12/12/2017 12/17/2017
Bay City Players Bay City Michigan 11/30/2017 12/10/2017
Tulsa Little Theatre Tulsa Oklahoma 12/15/2017 12/17/2017
Roswell Community Little Theater Roswell New Mexico 12/1/2017 12/17/2017
Denton Community Theatre Denton Texas 12/8/2017 12/17/2017
Avon Players Rochester Michigan 11/24/2017 12/16/2017
Wildey Theater Edwardsville Illinois 11/30/2017 12/3/2017
South Bend Civic Theatre South Bend Indiana 12/1/2017 12/23/2017
Southeast Alabama Community Theatre Dothan Alabama 12/4/2017 12/9/2017
Studio Theatre Productions Perth Ontario 11/30/2017 12/10/2017
The Cary Arts Center Cary North Carolina 12/1/2017 12/4/2017
Gardner Memorial Theater Bedford Pennsylvania 12/1/2017 12/10/2017
San Luis Obispo Little Theatre (SLOLT) San Luis Obispo California 12/2/2017 12/23/2017
Habersham Community Theater Clarkesville Georgia 12/1/2017 12/17/2017
Kingsport Theatre Guild Kingsport Tennessee 12/8/2017 12/17/2017
Cleveland Play House Cleveland Ohio 11/24/2017 12/23/2017
Main Street Theater Visalia California 12/1/2017 12/10/2017
Starlight Community Theater Phoenix Arizona 12/1/2017 12/10/2017
The Stage Theater Hickman Nebraska 11/30/2017 12/10/2017
Plum Alley Theater Elizabethtown Kentucky 12/8/2017 12/17/2017
Smoky Mountain Community Theater Bryson City North Carolina 12/8/2017 12/18/2017
Walsingham Academy Williamsburg Virginia 11/16/2018 11/17/2018
The Mines Theatre Sulphur Louisiana 11/24/2017 11/26/2017
Nashville Repertory Theatre Nashville Tennessee 11/24/2017 12/22/2017
Haddonfield Plays and Players Haddonfield New Jersey 12/6/2018 12/22/2018
Magnolia Arts Center Greenville North Carolina 12/1/2017 12/9/2017
Finley Theater Sherman Texas 12/1/2017 12/17/2017
Sierra Madre Playhouse Sierra Madre California 11/17/2017 12/30/2017
West Creek High School Clarksville Tennessee 12/1/2017 12/3/2017
Gaslight Community Conservatory Denair California 12/8/2017 12/16/2017
Albright Theatre Company Batavia Illinois 12/8/2017 12/17/2017
Phoenix Stage Company Oakville Connecticut 11/23/2018 12/9/2018
St. Mary's-Colgan High School Pittsburg Kansas 12/7/2017 12/10/2017
OnStage Atlanta Decatur Georgia 11/24/2017 12/23/2017
Tater Patch Players Theater Jasper Georgia 11/23/2018 12/9/2018
Red Carpet Community Theatre Elk City Oklahoma 11/26/2017 12/2/2017
Wetumpka Depot Players Wetumpka Alabama 11/27/2017 12/2/2017
The Baytown Little Theater Baytown Texas 12/8/2017 12/17/2017
Liberty Theatre Rock Port Missouri 12/8/2017 12/10/2017
Athens H S Athens Texas 12/14/2017 12/17/2017
Goddard High Goddard Kansas 11/30/2017 12/2/2017
Corinth Theatre-Arts Corinth Mississippi 12/8/2017 12/12/2017
Oklahoma Children's Theatre Oklahoma City Oklahoma 12/22/2017 12/22/2017
Oak Grove High Sch Bessemer Alabama 12/17/2017 12/18/2017
Striplight Theatre Weirton West Virginia 11/30/2017 12/3/2017
Wichita Collegiate School Blackbox Wichita Kansas 12/8/2017 12/10/2017
Star Theater Willow Springs Missouri 12/8/2017 12/23/2017
Gwinn High School Gwinn Michigan 12/15/2017 12/17/2017
The Pastime Theatre Winfield Alabama 12/15/2017 12/17/2017
West Branch Area Jshs Morrisdale Pennsylvania 12/1/2017 12/3/2017
Albuquerque High Albuquerque New Mexico 12/6/2017 12/9/2017
Canby High School Canby Oregon 11/30/2017 12/2/2017
Ovations Performing Arts Laguna Niguel California 12/16/2017 12/16/2017
Cutler Bros. Theatre Deer Lodge Montana 12/1/2017 12/17/2017
Greater Escambia Council for the Arts Atmore Alabama 11/30/2017 12/3/2017
Central High East Campus Fresno California 12/5/2018 12/14/2018
Allan E. Jones Performing Arts Center Brentwood California 12/2/2017 12/2/2017
Ti-Ahwaga Community Players Owego New York 12/8/2017 12/17/2017
The El Paso Playhouse El Paso Texas 12/1/2017 12/17/2017


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