‘A Christmas Story: The Musical’ headed to CTL stage

These are familiar words that 9 year old Ralphie Parker hears in his quest for an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle in “A Christmas Story”.

As a family holiday treat, the Community Theatre League presents “A Christmas Story: The Musical” with 7:30 p.m. performances on Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 6-8; and on Dec. 13-15, with 2 p.m. matinees on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16.

This musical adaptation is based upon the classic Warner Brothers motion picture which is frequently shown on television during the Christmas season.

CTL’s holiday production is directed by Seth Sponhouse, with music direction by Marisa Hickey. Kat Shondeck is the show’s Choreographer.

Set in a small town in Indiana in the 1940’s, “A Christmas Story” is based upon Jean Shepard’s memoir “In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash” which focuses on Ralphie’s persistent efforts to finally obtain his coveted Christmas present. But in addition to the “Old Man” and his mother, everyone–even including the big man in red–thwart each of his many schemes.

Along with these obstacles, Ralphie gets mixed up with rescuing his teacher and foiling a bank robber. These adventures are highlighted in the musical score including the songs “Somewhere hovering Over Indiana,” “Ralphie To The Rescue” and “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out.” Then too-young Ralphie has to deal with a schoolyard bully, a frozen flagpole and that hideous leg lamp which his father absolutely adores.

Heading the cast are Tim Heilman, playing Jean Shepherd; Jayar Rhoades, as the bespectled Ralphie; Steve Aguire, as his cranky father; Brandy Aguire, as his loving mother; and Naveen Ramsar, as little brother Randy.

Featured are Carter Rogers, as Schwartz; Jack “Hop” Panaccio, as Flick; Chloee Gemberling, as Esther Jane; Adam Fox, as Scut Farkus; Seth Sponhouse, as Grover Dill; and Elaine Pfeil, as Miss Shields.

Ralphie’s class includes Kendall Eichenlaub, Rowan Tupper, Ramsey Uhter and Maddy Weigle.

The Kid ensemble consists of Olivia Clabattari, Kristen Dinges, Alissa Henderson, Olivia Miller, Angelina Santalucia, Riley Tillema and Simon Uhter.

The Adult ensemble includes Marie Fox, Kim Fulmer, Heather Myers, Reid Orphan, Allison Panczyszyn, Maureen Richards and Tim Vasey. And the infamous Bumpus hound is played by Maya Leo-Sponhouse.

Sponhouse promises that this family-friendly, fun-filled musical will offer a warm hearted start to this year’s holiday season.

For more information, call 570-327-1777 or visit ctlshows.com.