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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.


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  • 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 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

"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
Walsingham Academy Williamsburg Virginia 11/16/2018 11/17/2018
Newton Community Theatre Newton Iowa 12/7/2018 12/15/2018
Haddonfield Plays and Players Haddonfield New Jersey 12/6/2018 12/22/2018
Sauk Theatre Jonesville Michigan 12/6/2018 12/16/2018
Tater Patch Players Theater Jasper Georgia 11/23/2018 12/9/2018
Sherman Playhouse Sherman Connecticut 11/30/2018 12/22/2018
Majestic Theater Pottsville Pennsylvania 12/8/2018 12/10/2018
Delphi Opera House Delphi Indiana 11/16/2018 11/18/2018
Amil Tellers of Dramatics Lima Encore Theatre Lima Ohio 11/23/2018 12/2/2018
Central High East Campus Fresno California 12/5/2018 12/14/2018
Ti-Ahwaga Community Players Owego New York 12/7/2018 12/16/2018
Garden Theatre Winter Garden Florida 11/24/2018 12/23/2018
Brundage Park Playhouse Randolph New Jersey 12/7/2018 12/16/2018
Covedale Center for the Performings Arts Cincinnati Ohio 11/29/2018 12/23/2018
7th Street Theater Yucaipa California 12/7/2018 12/16/2018
Oklahoma Children's Theatre Oklahoma City Oklahoma 12/21/2018 12/22/2018
Holland CIvic Theatre Holland Michigan 11/23/2018 12/8/2018
Theatre Orangeville Orangeville Ontario 11/29/2018 12/23/2018
Frances Brown Theatre Oswego New York 11/28/2018 12/9/2018
Hensel Phelps Theatre Greeley Colorado 12/7/2018 12/16/2018
Northfield Arts Guild Northfield Minnesota 12/7/2018 12/16/2018
Pax Amicus Castle Theatre Mt Olive Township New Jersey 11/30/2018 12/16/2018
Ansonia Theatre Wadesboro North Carolina 12/7/2018 12/16/2018
Robert M Shoemaker H S Killeen Texas 12/7/2018 12/9/2018
Nashville Repertory Theatre/ Tennessee Nashville Tennessee 11/23/2018 12/22/2018
Eagle Eye Theatre Squamish British Columbia 11/29/2018 12/8/2018
Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre Fort McMurray Alberta 11/22/2018 12/1/2018
Repertory Theatre Of St. Louis, The St. Louis Missouri 11/28/2018 12/23/2018
Cleveland Play House Cleveland Ohio 11/23/2018 12/23/2018
W. J. Barefoot Auditorium Benson North Carolina 12/1/2018 12/9/2018
Caesar Rodney High School Camden Delaware 11/15/2018 11/17/2018
Youth for Christ Hicksville Ohio 12/14/2018 12/16/2018
Sierra Madre Playhouse Sierra Madre California 11/23/2018 12/30/2018
Dartmouth High Dartmouth Massachusetts 12/7/2018 12/8/2018
San Luis Obispo Little Theatre (SLOLT) San Luis Obispo California 12/1/2018 12/23/2018
Lancaster Opera House Lancaster New York 11/23/2018 12/9/2018
The Old School on Main Demopolis Alabama 12/7/2018 12/10/2018
Arts Barn Gaithersburg Maryland 11/24/2018 12/9/2018
Olympia Little Theatre Olympia Washington 12/7/2018 12/23/2018
Mouse River Players Minot North Dakota 11/23/2018 12/2/2018
Rosebud Opera House Rosebud Alberta 11/8/2019 12/22/2019
Longstreet Theatre Danville Indiana 12/7/2018 12/16/2018
Lynn Whitfield Theatre of Performing Arts Baton Rouge Louisiana 12/5/2018 12/8/2018
Eufaula Hs Eufaula Oklahoma 11/30/2018 12/2/2018
Holly Theater Dahlonega Georgia 12/6/2019 12/22/2019
Norvell Theater Salisbury North Carolina 12/6/2018 12/15/2018
Thomaston Opera House Thomaston Connecticut 12/7/2019 12/7/2019
Wildwood High School Wildwood New Jersey 11/29/2018 12/1/2018
St. Dominic High School O'Fallon Missouri 12/6/2018 12/9/2018
Massasoit Community College Brockton Massachusetts 12/1/2018 12/9/2018
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Ponte Vedra Florida 12/13/2018 12/15/2018
Aloha Theatre Kealakekua Hawaii 11/30/2018 12/16/2018
Prescott Center for the Arts Prescott Arizona 12/6/2018 12/16/2018
Valley Vista High School Surprise Arizona 12/20/2018 12/21/2018
Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut Putnam Connecticut 11/30/2018 12/16/2018
Norvell Theater Salisbury North Carolina 12/4/2018 12/7/2018
Florence Events Center Florence Oregon 12/14/2018 12/16/2018
Theatre Atchison Inc. Atchison Kansas 12/7/2018 12/16/2018
Mahopac High School Mahopac New York 11/15/2018 11/17/2018
Apollo Civic Theatre Martinsburg West Virginia 12/7/2018 12/16/2018
ENTERTAINMENT INC Williston North Dakota 12/6/2018 12/10/2018
Wagner Performing Arts Center Monroe Washington 11/30/2018 12/9/2018
Patricia Lindley Center for the Performing Arts Wellington Ohio 11/29/2018 12/1/2018
Upstage Arts Webster Texas 12/21/2018 12/21/2018
Lawrenceburg Community Theatre Lawrenceburg Tennessee 11/9/2018 11/18/2018
Adrian R3 High School Adrian Missouri 11/16/2018 11/18/2018
Campbellsville University Campbellsville Kentucky 12/6/2018 12/9/2018
Manheim Central Shs Manheim Pennsylvania 11/29/2018 12/1/2018
Martin Theatre Panama City Florida 12/7/2018 12/15/2018
Pine Island Playhouse Bokeelia Florida 12/7/2018 12/16/2018
Neighborhood House Mt Desert Maine 12/7/2018 12/8/2018
Aldersgate United Methodist Church Santa Fe Texas 12/14/2018 12/16/2018
The Playhouse at McConnellstown Huntingdon Pennsylvania 11/16/2018 12/2/2018
Foothill High School Henderson Nevada 11/29/2018 12/1/2018
Dr. George Washington Carver Elementary School Richmond Hill Georgia 12/14/2018 12/16/2018
Nettleton High School Jonesboro Arkansas 11/30/2018 12/1/2018
Susquenita High School Auditorium Duncannon Pennsylvania 11/30/2018 12/1/2018
Archbishop Williams High School Braintree Massachusetts 11/16/2018 11/17/2018
Kenowa Hills High School Grand Rapids Michigan 11/15/2018 11/17/2018
V.I.T. Junior Senior High School Table Grove Illinois 12/8/2018 12/9/2018
Chiang Mai International School Chiang Mai 11/15/2018 11/17/2018
Actor's Theatre Fairborn Fairborn Ohio 11/30/2018 12/9/2018
Francis Scott Key High Union Bridge Maryland 11/30/2018 12/1/2018
Maiden High Maiden North Carolina 12/7/2018 12/8/2018
Breckenridge Theater Breckenridge Colorado 12/13/2018 12/30/2018
Logan County High School Russellville Kentucky 12/6/2018 12/8/2018
Colony High School Palmer Alaska 11/30/2018 12/8/2018
Rockwall Community Playhouse Rockwall Texas 11/22/2019 12/8/2019
Bleu Moon Productions, Inc. North Wilkesboro North Carolina 11/29/2018 12/9/2018
High Desert Center for the Arts Victorville California 11/16/2018 12/2/2018
Holy Heart Theatre St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador 12/7/2018 12/8/2018
Barbers Hill H S Mont Belvieu Texas 12/6/2018 12/9/2018
Susquenita High School Duncannon Pennsylvania 11/27/2018 11/27/2018
Invictus Theatre East Liverpool Ohio 11/28/2018 11/29/2018


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