A Christmas Story

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.

Cast/Characters

Ralph (as an Adult) – Bob Deyo

Mother – Kat Moungey

Randy – Dean Waldhart

Flick, Desperado  – Michael Schmeiser

Schwartz, Desperado – Colin Johnson

Esther Jane Alberry – Maria Giannopoulos

Helen Weathers – Marielle Schuchardt

Ralphie Parker – Danny Nicla

The Old Man – Clark R. Kirst

Cowboy – Kent Radloff

Scut Farkas, Black Bart – Nick Venn

Miss Schields – Char Koehler

Tree Lot Owner – Jennifer Schleinz

Delivery Person, Santa’s Helper – Tiffany Merriman

Santa Claus, A Neighbor – Neal Beaton

Production Staff

Director: Ralph Maffongello

Set Design: Dustin L. Uhl

Stage Manager: Todd Jaeger

Asst. Stage Manager: Randall Elliot Stache

Costume Design: Joyce Nery, Beverly Dulmes

Light Design: Rick Klein

Sound Design: Scott Heck, Mary Heck

Properties:Nan Gibson, Jackie Blindauer

Make-Up Design: Rachel Elizabeth, Lynn Schultz, Asst. Christy Zimmermann

Paint Master: Peter Moody