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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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* 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.

$11.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $105/perf

In stock

Synopsis

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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Details

  • 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

Categories

  • 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
Rosebud Opera House Rosebud Alberta 11/8/2019 12/22/2019
Holly Theater Dahlonega Georgia 12/6/2019 12/22/2019
Thomaston Opera House Thomaston Connecticut 12/7/2019 12/7/2019
Amelia Community Theatre Fernandina Beach Florida 12/6/2019 12/21/2019
Town and Country Players Theater Buckingham Pennsylvania 11/8/2019 11/24/2019
The Island Theater Fleming Island Florida 12/13/2019 12/22/2019
Newnan Theatre Company Newnan Georgia 12/5/2019 12/15/2019
Rockwall Community Playhouse Rockwall Texas 11/22/2019 12/8/2019
Von Braun Center Playhouse Huntsville Alabama 11/15/2019 11/21/2019
The Art Centre Theatre Plano Texas 12/6/2019 12/21/2019
Village of Orland Park Orland Park Illinois 12/1/2019 12/15/2019
Village Square Theatre Lexington South Carolina 12/6/2019 12/15/2019
Richardson Theatre Centre Inc. Richardson Texas 12/6/2019 12/22/2019
Unity Theatre Brenham Texas 12/5/2019 12/22/2019
Lower Ossington Theatre Toronto Ontario 11/8/2019 12/29/2019
Paramount Theatre Goldsboro North Carolina 12/13/2019 12/15/2019
Aiken Community Theatre Aiken South Carolina 12/5/2019 12/14/2019
Ti-Ahwaga Community Players Owego New York 12/6/2019 12/15/2019
Playhouse 51 Community Theatre Millington Tennessee 11/8/2019 11/17/2019
Picketwire Center for Performing and Visual Arts La Junta Colorado 12/12/2019 12/14/2019
Whitley County High School Williamsburg Kentucky 12/12/2019 12/14/2019
Billings Studio Theatre Inc Billings Montana 11/28/2019 12/15/2019
Northern Michigan University Marquette Michigan 12/11/2019 12/15/2019
Paul D Schreiber HS Port Washington New York 11/21/2019 11/24/2019
Cleveland Play House Cleveland Ohio 11/29/2019 12/23/2019
The Braumart Theater Iron Mountain Michigan 11/22/2019 11/24/2019
San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre San Luis Obispo California 12/6/2019 12/22/2019
Palmerton Area Hs Palmerton Pennsylvania 12/5/2019 12/7/2019
Shanghai American School - Puxi Campus Shanghai 11/21/2019 11/22/2019
Maury County Arts Guild Columbia Tennessee 12/5/2019 12/8/2019
Mountain Pointe High School Phoenix Arizona 12/6/2019 12/7/2019
Desert Stages Theatre Scottsdale Arizona 11/29/2019 12/22/2019
St. Petersburg Catholic High School St. Petersburg Florida 12/13/2019 12/14/2019
The Merc Playhouse Society Twisp Washington 12/6/2019 12/7/2019

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