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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
Franklin Arts Center Brainerd Minnesota 12/16/2021 12/19/2021
Camino Real Playhouse San Juan Capistrano California 11/11/2021 12/20/2021
Princeton Theatre and Community Center Princeton Indiana 12/10/2021 12/13/2021
Muhlenberg Community Theatre, Inc Greenville Kentucky 12/3/2021 12/5/2021
Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center Owego New York 12/3/2021 12/12/2021
Shelby County Community Theatre Shelbyville Kentucky 12/2/2021 12/12/2021
The Bank Theatre Leamington Ontario 12/2/2021 12/12/2021
Limelight Theatre St. Augustine Florida 12/2/2021 12/23/2021
Albright Community Theatre Batavia Illinois 12/3/2021 12/12/2021
Mill Mountain Theatre Roanoke Virginia 12/1/2021 12/22/2021
The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach New Smyrna Beach Florida 12/2/2021 12/12/2021
Firehouse Cultural Center Ruskin Florida 12/18/2021 12/18/2021
Center Stage Evergreen Colorado 12/16/2021 12/19/2021
Baytown Little Theatre Baytown Texas 12/3/2021 12/12/2021
Fourth Wall Entertainment Troupe San Andreas California 11/25/2022 12/18/2022
Contemporary Theater Company South Kingstown Rhode Island 11/19/2021 12/18/2021
Somerset Valley Players Hillsborough Township New Jersey 12/3/2021 12/19/2021
Racine Theatre Guild Racine Wisconsin 12/3/2021 12/19/2021
Nashville Repertory Theatre/ Tennessee Performing Arts Center Nashville Tennessee 12/2/2021 12/19/2021
East Lincoln High Denver North Carolina 12/10/2021 12/19/2021
The Appalachian Center for the Arts Pikeville Kentucky 12/8/2021 12/19/2021
Suddenlink Community Center Bullhead City Arizona 12/9/2021 12/12/2021
Lees Summit West High Lee's Summit Missouri 12/10/2021 12/11/2021
Park Theatre Civic Center North Vernon Indiana 12/3/2021 12/5/2021
Barter Theatre Abingdon Virginia 11/18/2021 12/29/2021
Ice House Theatre Visalia California 12/3/2021 12/19/2021
Maysville Players Maysville Kentucky 12/9/2021 12/19/2021
Stage Coach Players DeKalb Illinois 12/8/2022 12/18/2022
Miners Alley Playhouse Golden Colorado 11/25/2022 12/23/2022
Danniella DiClaudio Productions Charleroi Pennsylvania 12/11/2021 12/11/2021
The Varsity Center Carbondale Illinois 12/3/2021 12/12/2021
Mesquite Arts Theatre Mesquite Texas 12/3/2021 12/19/2021
Ephiphany Catholic School Culpeper Virginia 12/18/2021 12/19/2021
ShenanArts Staunton Virginia 12/3/2021 12/12/2021
Harris County High School Hamilton Georgia 12/9/2021 12/10/2021
Cherokee Civic Theatre, Inc. Rusk Texas 12/10/2021 12/12/2021
Palette Masque & Lyre Inc Antioch Illinois 12/2/2022 12/18/2022
DHS Performing Arts Center Dodgeville Wisconsin 12/17/2021 12/19/2021
The Depot Theater, Inc. Dodge City Kansas 12/3/2021 12/19/2021
Del Norte High School Del Norte Colorado 12/15/2021 12/16/2021
Merryman Performing Arts Center Kearney Nebraska 12/18/2021 12/22/2021
Simmons Center Theatre Duncan Oklahoma 12/2/2021 12/5/2021
Gladish Community Center Pullman Washington 12/10/2021 12/19/2021
DeSales Catholic High School Walla Walla Washington 12/3/2021 12/12/2021


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