Second Street Players proudly presents A Christmas Story by Jean Sheppard November 27, 28 and 29 and December 4, 5 and6. Friday and Saturday Curtain times are 8pm and Sunday Curtain time is 3pm. All performances will be held at the Riverfront Theater 2 S. Walnut Street, Milford, DE.
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.
Director Steven Haber brings this Iconic film to life on the Riverfront Theater stage with the help of a very talented cast and crew. For those of you that have seen the movie hundreds of times to those that never have seen it before, you will love this story of action, adventure, love and of course the attempt for the best Christmas present ever, Red Rider BB Gun. A Christmas Story has become a holiday perennial for the whole family to enjoy.
Bill Walton plays the role of Ralph, the narrator of the story, a character that is not seen in the movie, but heard as a disembodied voice. In this show, Walton has the opportunity to give him a face and a personality. “…even though he’s not truly in the story because he’s narrating it from years later, there are these great moments where he breaks that barrier and becomes one of the characters in it for a short while,” said Walton. “He briefly becomes the delivery man who brings the crate with the Major Award in it, for example. You have to really watch for these moments, because if you blink, you’ll miss them.”
Walton states that A Christmas Sotry is a story of determination, perseverance, forgiveness, the importance of family, fighting adversity and never giving up. “…the whole story exists in this wonderful liminal time and space between childhood and adulthood, reality and fantasy,” said Walton. “We see Ralphie doing his best to make mature decisions contrasted with the adult Ralph’s childlike enthusiasm as he shares his Christmas memories, and we get glimpses of his family’s struggles during the close of the Depression era set against the magic and wonder of the holiday season. It’s a magnificent set of contrasts.”
A Christmas Story will be performed at the Riverfront Theatre on November 27, 28 and 29 and December 4, 5 and6. Friday and Saturday Curtain times are 8pm and Sunday Curtain time is 3pm. All performances will be held at the Riverfront Theater 2 S. Walnut Street, Milford, DE. Tickets are $17 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com or by calling the box office at 800-838-3006.