The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County in Camden will present Philip Grecian's stage adaptation of the beloved movie A Christmas Story (based in turn on the stories and memories of author Jean Shepherd) for a limited run of four performances, this coming Thursday (12/13) through Saturday (12/15) at 8 PM, with a Sunday matinee at 3 PM. Frank Thompson, recently seen as the titular Music Man at Town Theatre, directs Henry Kerfoot as young Ralphie, David Wilhite as the narrator (adult Ralphie) and Bill DeWitt (Thompson's partner in crime in The 39 Steps last spring at Town Theatre) as Ralphie's Old Man.
A Christmas Story takes place in the 1940s in the Midwest, and 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 a local department store. Of course, the response is "You'll shoot your eye out!" There will be some familiar scenes such as the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; and more. Lighthearted, fun, and heartwarming, A Christmas Story is sure to add laughter and warmth to your holiday season.
"With our production of A Christmas Story, our goal has been to present a fresh, new look
at a modern classic. There are certainly a few winks to the movie, as there most certainly should be, but there are also some differences between the two which have been lots of fun to explore,” says director Frank Thompson. " Above everything else, I hope our audiences leave with the warm feeling one gets after having paid a happy visit to an old friend."
The cast also includes: Bettie Beaty as Mother, Louisa DeLoach as Randy, Benjamin Watson as Scut Farkas, Peggy Lane as Miss Shields, Zac Willoughby as Flick, Luke Meinyk as Schwartz, Ella Rescignio as Esther Jane Alberry, Sara Hendrix as Helen Weathers, William Antley as Red Ryder, plus Chip Summers, John Carrington, Don Jackson, Hank Kerfoot, Janet Brooks Holmes, Harry Little, Katrina Brickner, Michelle Brickner, Libby Kerfoot, Gabbi Magee, Robin Saviola, Lynne Summers, Juliana Willoughby, Tiffany Maples and Emma Ruth Maples.
For more information or tickets, call 803-425-7676 extension 300 or visit www.fineartscenter.org. The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden. Box office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Thursday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.