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SCP Presents ‘A Christmas Story’ Live On Stage

Little Ralphie Parker’s fictional quest for a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas has become a seasonal classic on television. Now, for the first time locally, Seneca Community Players brings Jean Shepherd’s hilarious and heartwarming story to the stage when it presents “A Christmas Story” in the Delavan Theatre on the New York Chiropractic College campus in Seneca Falls, December 8, 9 and 10. Directed by Ellie Albro, this fond and funny tribute to the original, traditional, 100% red-blooded, All-American Christmas is produced locally by Kim Brown.Adapted by Philip Grecian and based on Shepherd’s book “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash,” “A Christmas Story” recounts the hilarious story of the Parker family’s Christmas in 1940s Indiana when 9-year-old Ralphie (Drew Fegley) had nothing on his mind but getting the “Holy Grail of Christmas presents” – a genuine Red Ryder carbine-action, 200-shot, Range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock. Like the movie, the play is narrated by the adult Ralph (Patrick Fegley) who weaves together tales from his family, school, and even a visit to the store Santa as his quest is thwarted everywhere he turns by warnings of “You’ll shoot your eye out.”All the elements from the beloved 1983 motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace, the Old Man’s (Steve Mitchell) “Major Award,” Scut Farkas (Gregory Pearsall), the school bully; the “wet tongue on a cold lamppost” experiment; the Little Orphan Annie decoder ring, and much more.Additional cast members include Maggie Hicks as Ralphie’s Mother, Mary Kelleher-Comstock as Miss Shields, Max Butler as Randy, Drew Erskine as Flick, Logan Tandle as Schwartz, Sara Alexander as Esther Jane, and Sydney Butler as Helen. Ralphie’s classmates are portrayed by Matthew Alexander, Gigi Dugo, Keira O’Connor, Lizzy Telvock, and Brianna Wickard.Kristen Lanphear is stage manager, Jeff Winston is technical director, and Becky Bly is master carpenter. Lynn Patti is the scenic charge artist and Rhonda Jasper is the props master. Rebecca Bullock designed the costumes, RJ Rapoza designed the lighting, and Ralph Sinicropi designed the sound. The lights are operated by Jeb Albro while Aaron Wood is the sound operator. Hair and makeup are by Kathy Hadley and publicity is by Kevin Schoonover. With ten children in the cast, Erin Winston is the “kid wrangler.”This show is sure to delight every member of the family, whether they’ve seen the movie 100 times or never at all. It is a wholesome family story to which everyone can relate.Show time is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $8 in advance, $10 at the door. They are available at WomanMade Products in Seneca Falls, Area Records & Music in Geneva, by calling 315-568-9364, and on-line at www.SenecaCommunityPlayers.org.Seneca Community Players’ mission is to foster, arouse and help broaden the interest, availability and appreciation of the theatre arts in Seneca and surrounding counties. Over its 34-year history, SCP has established itself as the only year-round Seneca County group that continually offers and produces quality theatrical productions highlighted by an annual summer musical. These productions provide the opportunity for community members to engage in the creative process on-stage, back stage and the design process.For more information about this or past shows or to become a member, visit www.SenecaCommunityPlayers.org.

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