“It’s one of our favourites”, “We watch this every Christmas”. Director Ron Pask often heard comments like these when he decided to direct his first musical for Theatre Sarnia. A Christmas Story-The Musical brings the classic 1983 movie to life on stage as Ralphie Parker plans and schemes to receive the gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200 hot Range Model Air Rifle. He decides on a 3-part campaign to achieve his goal; at home where he bombards his parents’ mail with Red Ryder ads, at school where he works diligently on an assignment hoping to bring his teacher, Miss Shields on as an ally and finally at the local department story where he hopes Santa will endorse his wish. Set somewhere in the 1940’s in a fictional small town in Indiana, A Christmas Story is narrated by an older version of Ralphie himself. One of the most famous moments is The Flagpole Scene and the “triple dog dare.” Many will remember Mrs. Parker’s iconic line, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Throughout the musical, the audience is brought into Ralphie’s imagination where everyone gets what he thinks they deserve.
Directing a musical has been a very different experience for Pask who has previously directed 5 plays for Theatre Sarnia. He is supported this time by Musical Director, Frank Brennan, Assistant Musical Director, Lisa Hakala and Accompanist Val Schmidt. The score ranges from gentle ballads to show stopping full ensemble numbers. Sara Matuzic and Assistant Kasey Meggett are the choreographers of the lively dances and Andrea Matthews is “Stage Manager Extraordinaire.” Producers are Craig Matthews, Ruth Francoeur, June Pask and Colleen Vasey-Smith. With a cast of 40 adults and children, a crew to match and a 13 piece pit orchestra, A Christmas Story-The Musical is a good old-fashioned family show filled with quirky, loveable characters. It is recommended for audiences 9 years and up. “Come and celebrate the season, sit back and forget about life for a while as we take you on a wonderful journey.”
A Christmas Story- The Musical runs December 15-16 and 18-22, 2017 at 7:30pm with matinees December 17 and 23 at 2pm. Tickets are available at the Box office, 168 Christina Street North, open Mondays to Fridays 11am- 2pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm. Phone 519-344-7469. Tickets are also available online www.imperialtheatre.net