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Ring in the holiday season with River Valley Players

'A Christmas Story, The Musical'

River Valley Players cast members Adam Oldaker (Old Man), Deann Crook (Mother), Preston Rowe (Ralphie Parker) and Ben Mechum (Randy) prepare "A Christmas Story, The Musical," which will be presented Nov. 2-4 and 9-11. For tickets, visit www.rvphenry.org or call 309-238-7878.
River Valley Players cast members Adam Oldaker (Old Man), Deann Crook (Mother), Preston Rowe (Ralphie Parker) and Ben Mechum (Randy) prepare "A Christmas Story, The Musical," which will be presented Nov. 2-4 and 9-11. For tickets, visit www.rvphenry.org or call 309-238-7878.

HENRY — Join Ralphie and his family, along with the rest of this talented cast and crew, as River Valley Players bring "A Christmas Story, The Musical," a Christmas classic from the screen to the stage.

Most of us couldn’t have possibly escaped our childhood without watching "A Christmas Story," the movie at least once in our lives, especially with the 24-hour marathons that are aired every Christmas Eve. Similar to the 1983 movie, the musical takes place during the 1940’s, in the fictional town of Holman, Ind. The audience is taken along on young Ralphie Parker’s quest for the “Holy Grail of Christmas gifts,” which is of none other than the “official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle, with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time!” Despite being rebuffed consistently throughout his journey, Ralphie continues to devise a new plan that will bring him and his coveted BB gun together once and for all this Christmas.

Everyone will be sure to enjoy this versatile score that includes gentle ballads, as well as several full ensemble show stoppers, such as “Ralphie to the Rescue,” “A Major Award,” “Sticky Situation,” “Up On Santa’s Lap,” “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana” and the undeniable, “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out.”

Don’t worry, they promise all of the classic, iconic scenes haven’t been forsaken. Those dreadful bullies, Farkus and Dill, are still alive and well. Mother will certainly insist on Randy getting into his snowsuit and Ralphie donning the infamous bunny suit. The Old Man is sure to get his leg lamp reward and yes ... Flick will stick his tongue to the flagpole. There will be many more reflections to savor and who could possibly forget that fateful night at the Chinese restaurant?!

“A Christmas Story, The Musical” will take place Nov. 2-4 and 9-11. Friday night performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 will be Family Fun Night. Concessions will be available for purchase prior to the show, and will include hot dogs, chips, cookies, brownies, popcorn and beverages. On Nov. 9, concessions will include a variety of homemade desserts and beverages for purchase. Friday night tickets (show only) are $19.

The dinner theatre options are for Saturday and Sunday performances. A buffet dinner of ham, turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, and carrots, catered by The Meeting Place, will also include a salad bar, dessert, coffee, and three beverages. Adult tickets for the dinner theatre are $35. A special “Christmas Story” price for children ages 10 and under is $27.

Saturday meals are served at 6:30 p.m. Sunday meals are served at 12:30 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to all performances.

For tickets, visit www.rvphenry.org or call 309-238-7878.

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