I believe it was in September when I received the glossy card stock mailer from Charleston Stage. I scanned it quickly and then did an audible "Omg” Charleston Stage presents Christmas Story! I sat the card up by my computer and have watched the calendar days roll down since.
Ok, it's my birthday and what do I want to do? Yup, Christmas Story! Not that it took convincing Don who could play Ralphie and his father simultaneously without a script. I am going to have to watch him to keep him from blurting out the lines. We anticipate couch night with the classic movie every year, but the play will be a first. I'm here to tell you they have a lot to live up to here. We carry the Christmas Story pandemonium a bit further and have adopted the tradition of eating Chinese on Christmas day as well.
Julian Wiles, Cast and crew have surpassed my expectations of the this Christmas classic. in their very first presentation of Christmas Story and they knocked it out of the ball park. It may very well become another holiday tradition for my family. Becca Anderson as Ralphie's mother, Victor Clark as Ralphie's (old man) and Josh Harris as grown up Ralphie were phenomenal as were ALL of the actors from the Kid Stage Performance Troupe and Theatre Wings High School Apprentice Program. A special shout out to Joshua (Ralphie), Michael McCoy as (Flick) and Nikita Narodnitskiy as Scut Farkus. The stage sets were fantastic and magical, totally recreating the feel of several scenes in the original movie, if not better. I particularly liked the department store with Santa set.
There are only 4 more performances. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hurry and get tix! CharlestonStage.com.
I'll leave you with a few of my fave Christmas Story quotes;
Fudge! Only I didn't say "Fudge." I said THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the "F-dash-dash-dash" word!
"It's a Major Award!" Mr. Parker reads a side of the box with the prize that he won .
Mr. Parker: Fra-gee-lay. That must be Italian.
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] Scut Farkus! What a rotten name! We were trapped. There he stood, between us and the alley. Scut Farkus staring out at us with his yellow eyes. He had yellow eyes! So, help me, God! Yellow eyes!