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        A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL
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First Stage Theatre Company will present A Christmas Story, The Musical at Huntington High School, 1 Highlander Way, Huntington WV on November 30, December 1 and 2, 2018.

Book by Joseph Robinette. Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and upon In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash written by Jean Shepherd. Produced with permission of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Dalfie Entertainment. Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois

This musical is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie's friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit the bullies, Farkus and Dill the leg lamp award the bunny suit the Chinese restaurant Christmas dinner and many others. The delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers such as "Ralphie to the Rescue!", "A Major Award," "Sticky Situation," "Up on Santa's Lap," "Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana" and the inevitable "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!" A Christmas Story, The Musical will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven't.

The cast of the play is made up of young performers grades 1-12 and a several adult actor/mentors from the Tri-State area.

Shows will be presented Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday December 2 @ 2:30pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under. To reserve tickets, call 304-416-KIDS (304-416-5437).

A special daytime performance is available for schools (by reservation only) on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. For more information, contact First Stage at 304-416-5437.

The play is directed by Amy Browning, Music Directed by Christa Navy and produced by Jeanette Bailey.

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