Civic Players to present ‘A Christmas Story’

MANISTEE — Next month, the Manistee Civic Players will present their version of a classic Christmas movie telling the story of 9-year-old

 "A Christmas Story — The Musical" is set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Ind. The musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts. Pictured are the Parker family: Ralphie (Tuggy Thuemmel), Old Man Parker (Ben Hengy), Mother Parker (Sandy Saylor) and Randy Parker [kneeling] (Owen Heintzelman). (Courtesy photo)

“A Christmas Story — The Musical” is set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Ind. The musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts. Pictured are the Parker family: Ralphie (Tuggy Thuemmel), Old Man Parker (Ben Hengy), Mother Parker (Sandy Saylor) and Randy Parker [kneeling] (Owen Heintzelman). (Courtesy photo)

Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts.

Local actors will perform “A Christmas Story — The Musical,” directed by Carol Burba.

Tuggy Thuemmel plays Ralphie Parker, who dreams of getting an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle for Christmas.

The production is based on the movie, and will include all the iconic scenes, including brother Randy (played by Owen Heintzelman) in the snowsuit; Ralphie’s friend, Flick (played by Gannon Thomas), getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; and Old Man Parker (Ben Hengy) receiving the leg lamp award.

The score ranges from gentle ballads to 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!”

Music and lyrics are by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The book is by Joseph Robinette.

The curtain will go up at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 11 at the Ramsdell Theatre, located at 101 Maple St. in Manistee.

Tickets can be ordered in advance by calling MyNorth Tickets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (800) 836-0717, online at www.manisteecivicplayers.org or in person at the Ramsdell box office beginning at noon on Nov. 30.

More than 30 members of the community make up the cast of  "A Christmas Story — The Musical," presented by the Manistee Civic Players and directed by Carol Burba. (Courtesy photo)

More than 30 members of the community make up the cast of “A Christmas Story — The Musical,” presented by the Manistee Civic Players and directed by Carol Burba. (Courtesy photo)

 ‘A CHRISTMAS STORY, The Musical’

Cast list

Ralphie Parker — Tuggy Thuemmel

Randy Parker — Owen Heintzelman

Old Man Parker — Ben Hengy

Mother Parker — Sandy Saylor

Narrator Jean — Phillip Smogoleski

Miss Shields — Elizabeth Zupin

Santa — Joshua Fleszar

Schwartz — Allie Thomas

Flick — Gannon Thomas

Scut Farkus — Sarah Huber

Grover Dill — Elliana Sexton

Mary Beth — Olivia Sexton

Esther Jane — Gracie Pruyne

Children’s chorus

Olivia Becerra, Lily Mungia, Brenna Johnson, Jaclyn Sexton, Amelia Vasquez, Carson Salinger, Ruthie Jados, Noah Failor, Olivia Rackow, Cy Kosmowski

Adult chorus

Blade Gates, Macie Goodspeed, Doug Hanna, Lauren Hanna, Eric Thuemmel, Cynthia McKenny, Scott McKenny, Laila Adamczak, Kathleen Miehlke, Staci Johnson

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