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A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

HFC Theatre prides itself on offering a diverse selection of arts entertainment for the residents of Michigan. Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every person or for all ages. Therefore, patrons are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the shows we offer in order to make informed decisions prior to purchasing tickets. This production is suitable for grades 6-12.

November 20 , 21; December 4 and 5 @ 7 pm.
November 21, 22, December 5, 6 @ 2pm.

Children Under 12: 10.00.
Everyone else: 15.00

School Matinees: (Closed to public. All 10 am start times) Mon 11/23, Wed 11/25; Mon 11/30; Wed 12/2; Fri 12/04. These public school presentations offer tickets for 3.00 a student for Michigan public and private middle and high schools. Chaperones and parents are free. To reserve seats for your school, call 313-845-9817.

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, 1939, in the fictional northern Indiana town of Hohman, Ralphie Parker desperately wants a Red Ryder BB Gun and will do anything to make sure he gets it.

The audience can expect a performance that follows the movie quite closely, with only a few minor differences. There are certain scenes that are deleted and others that are expanded to facilitate the requirements of live theatre. The production stays true to the funniest scenes and themes for which A Christmas Story became so well known.

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. A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial. Approximate running time: 2 hours.

Classics bloom quickly in modern times...you don't have to have grown up with 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his ache for an air rifle under the tree to think of A Christmas Story as a Christmas must. And [this] version is just as kindly and just as cockeyed as A Christmas Story is meant to be." —Elizabeth Maupin, Orlando Sentinel

"I thoroughly fell in love with the show. This version is quite meaningful. It plays well." —Van Kaplan, Executive Producer, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.

"A Christmas Story is still...one of the more enchanting ways to be transported to a world beyond our own. Yet it also serves to remind us how lucky we are to live a culturally rich life...and Philip Grecian's thoughtful stage adaptation preserves the old...references." —Tony Brown, [Cleveland] Plain Dealer

"Grecian's script retains Shepherd's wry, tongue-in-cheek humor." —Eric Marchese, Orange County
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CONTENT ADVISORY: A CHRISTMAS STORY

Educational Value
Shows kids in the late 1940's listening to the radio for entertainment. Kids can read up more on the "Little Orphan Annie " program and others.

Positive Messages
Underneath some ironic and satirical humor, this is a warm story about a 1940's family. It's a refreshing look at a less-than-perfect holiday experience and the unexpected joy that can be found when things don't go as planned. Family and friendship are both valued.

Positive Role Models
Ralphie engages in some questionable behavior, especially when it comes to lying in order to stay out of trouble. But he's a tame child by today's standards, and he does show determination and persistence. While Ralphie's dad seems like the disciplinarian, it's his mom who hands out the soap when he's caught swearing.

Violence & Scariness

It's mostly yelling and arm-twisting when a bully harasses the kids daily. One of the girls stands up to the bully and Ralphie loses his temper and punches the bully until he gets a bloody nose and runs home crying. A dream sequence shows Ralphie with his prized BB gun shooting at 3 comical bandits and chasing them away. Another dream sequence has Ralphie rescuing his friends from a field trip gone awry in the "jungles" of Indiana and shooting a snake out of a tree. A kid touches an icy metal pole with his tongue on a dare and it freezes to the pole.

Sexy Stuff
Ralphie's dad wins a lamp shaped like a woman's leg. Ralphie runs his hand up and down the leg until his mom stops him.

Language
Lots of discussion about the use of profanity by Ralphie's father who constantly swears while fixing the furnace and being chased by the neighbors' dogs but it is only ever heard as "nonsense" words, especially when Ralphie lets the "F" word slip in front of his dad, which is heard by the audience as "fudge". He's punished with a mouthful of soap. Also some insults are used by the kids like "idiot" and "dumb".

Consumerism
Main character is obsessed with getting a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Mentions of other brands, some still available (Ovaltine), others not (Open Road for Boys Magazine)

Drinking, Drugs, & Smoking
None are exhibited.

A Christmas Story HFC-style

Mark Lawyer Mirror News

The theater program at Henry Ford College put on a live production of the classic film, A Christmas Story, which ended its run this past weekend. The play was adapted from from Philip Grecian’s stage adaptation of the widely known movie written by Jean Shephard, Leigh Brown, and Bob Clark. The stage production is directed Judith Fletcher-Barber who works closely with Dr. George Popovich and many others in HFC’s theater program to make it unique to HFC. The student cast consisted primarily of current HFC students and others who have worked in various productions at the college before.

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Written by: By Philip Grecian. Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark; and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.
Directed by: Judith Fletcher
Nov 20, 21, Dec 4, 5 @ 7PM Nov 21, 22, Dec 5,6 @ 2pm

Cast and Crew

A CHRISTMAS STORY
Adapted by
Philip Grecian

Based on a film written by
Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark
Directed by Judith Fletcher

Scenic Designer: Daniel C. Waker
Lighting Designer: David Koltunchik
Costume Designer: Judith Fletcher
Sound Designer: E. Alan Contino
Student Stage Manager: Sarah Root
Senior Stage Manager: Harold Jurkiewicz
Artistic/Producing Director: Dr. George Popovich

Cast of Characters
Narrator (Grown Up Ralph): Eric Vega/Christian Plonka
Ralphie: Edward Austin
The Old Man: Matt Van Houten
Mother: Brigid Driscoll/Dushara Kirby
Randy: Blues Higgins
Flick: Josh Neilson
Schwartz: Hani Beydoun
Scut Farkus: Alan Rezzonica/Alex Jafar
Miss Shields: Danya Talab/Katie Williams
Esther Jane: Anna Cooper
Helen: Lakiya Neal
Cowboy: Thomas Tripp/Alan Rezzonica
Delivery Man: Mike Ross/Kahrah Noel
Tree Lot Man: Christian Plonka/Eric Vega
Black Bart: Alan Rezzonica
Desperado #1: Mike Ross/Karah Noel
Desperado #2: Christian Plonka/Eric Vega
Voice of Santa: Eric Vega/Christian Plonka
Radio/Higby’s Announcer: Harold Jurkiewicz
Elves: Lakesha Allah, Kahra Noel, Alan Rezzonica, Brighid Driscoll
Neighbor: Leo Zeciri

Social Science, Arts and Fitness Division
Associate Dean: Randall Knight
Academic Coordinators: Carol Sloan, Eric Rader
Administrative Assistants: Tom Berryman, Linda Prisza
Director of Theatre: Dr. George Popovich

Artistic Staff
Director: Judith Fletcher
Scenic Director: Daniel C. Walker
Lighting Designer: David Kotlunchik
Costume Designer: Judith Fletcher
Sound Designer: E. Alan Contino

Production Staff
Stage Manager: Harold Jurkiewicz
Technical Director: Gerry Dzublinski
Carpenters: David Koltunchik, Gerry Dzublinski,
Luv Smith-Castleberry, Karah Noel,
Richard Thompson, Mike Ross,
Leo Zeciri, Alan Rezzonica, Matt Van Houten
Samantha York
Lead Painter: Judith Fletcher
Scenic Painters: Gerry Dzublinski, Angie Lai, Luv Smith-Castleberry
Mike Ross, Kahrah Noel
Sarah Root, Mike Ross
Master Electrician: David Kolunchik
Student Stage Manager: Sarah Root
Senior Stage Manager: Harold Jurkiewicz
Lead Carpenter: Christopher Bremer
Electricians: Sarah Root, Thomas Tripp
Props: Sarah Root. Dushara Kirby, Judith Fletcher, Angie Lai
Costume Crew: Brighid Driscoll, Eric Vega, Lakesha Allah
Program Design: Ashleigh Martin
Printing: HFC Graphics
Publicity: Dr. George Popovich, Gary Erwin, Michael Cochran, The Cast and Crew
HFC Graphics, Angie Lai
Program Layout: Ashleigh Martin, Dr. George Popovich, Angie Lai
Electronic Box Office: Dr. George Popovich
Lobby Display: Angie Lai

Running Crew
Deck Captains: Leo Zeciri, Alan Rezzonica
Sound Board Operators: Angie Lai, David Koltunchik,
Christopher Bremer, E. Alan Contino
Light Board Operator: Sarah Root
Props: Lakesha Allah, Judith Fletcher
Box Office
House Managers: Gerry Dzublinski, Angie Lai
Box Office Manager: Christopher Bremer
Ushers: HFC Theatre Volunteers