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CVV Theatre: Jean Shephard’s A Christmas Story comes to life at the Chemainus Theatre

This year, there’s a new way to enjoy a beloved holiday tale – A Christmas Story appears on The Chemainus Theatre Festival stage from November 18 to December 31.

The well-known story of a young boy’s dogged pursuit to fulfill his Christmas wish is a lively adaptation of the popular 1983 movie, and includes all the youthful imagination, humour, nostalgia – and many image002memorable scenes – that make the film a holiday classic. Find show dates and times at 1-800-565-7738 or chemainustheatre.ca.

Director, Ian Farthing, brings the story of Ralphie’s all-consuming Christmas wish to life. The 9-year-old boy’s coveted present is an official Red Ryder carbine-action BB gun, and it seems that nothing will stop him from acquiring the desired toy – including pleas to his mother, his teacher, and Santa Claus himself, to the constant refrain of “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

The play is adapted from the 1983 film of the same name, which was based on the boyhood experiences of author Jean Shepherd. All the well-known movie moments are there to enjoy in a new way – from the metallic schoolyard pole to dad fawning over a leg shaped lamp, a series of decoder pins, an exploding furnace, and more yuletide adventures. The live production also adopts the nostalgic setting, quirky cynicism of adults, imaginative outlook of youth, and the feeling of small-town holiday cheer that makes the story a holiday classic.

The cast is a dynamic ensemble of adult and child actors, including: Sarah Carlé as Ralphie’s Mother, Brian Linds as older Ralph, Stephen Sparks as The Old Man, Melissa Young as Miss Shields, and in the young company: Zebastin Borjeau as Schwartz, Isabel McGregor as Helen, Simon Minkow as Flick, Olivia Robinson as Esther Jane, Brin Slydell as Ralphie Parker, Ben Williams as Scut Farkas, Joshua Williams as Randy.

Staging the play, in perfect match to the original late 1930s-era design, are: set designer Carolyn Rapanos, costume designer Laurin Kelsey, sound designer Brian Linds, lighting designer Ben Burrow, stage manager Liz King, and assistant stage manager Claire Friedrich.

A Christmas Story will delight both long time fans of the film and newcomers alike. It offers a silliness to capture children’s attention, and a wonderfully constructed holiday story for grownups to enjoy. Tickets are available now for evening and matinee shows, playing November 18 to December 31, 2016, by calling the Box Office at 1-800-565-7738, or online at chemainustheatre.ca.

Show enhancements are available, and include: free “talk-backs” with the cast and crew following Wednesday performances (where more information about the play and playwright will be shared); a special show-themed dinner add-on in the contemporary Playbill Dining Room (featuring an impressive hot buffet, fresh salad bar, and tempting desserts); a full “Getaway” package at the Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn (which includes accommodations, show dinner, deluxe breakfast buffet, use of the indoor mineral pool, hot tub and fitness centre).

The Chemainus Theatre Festival, est. 1993, is a professional performing arts destination on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The non-profit charitable Society offers a continuous season of regionally- and internationally-acclaimed theatre to over 70,000 residents and visitors every year. From the purely dramatic to the musically enriched, The Festival’s roster of shows feature an entertaining selection of classic and contemporary tales, told in romantic, comedic, tragic and more enjoyable styles. Dedicated to serving versatile interests of audiences and artists, The Festival has attracted talented guest actors, directors, musicians and designers from across North America – a testament to their highly regarded theatrical productions and facilities. Theatregoers can complete their theatre experience with a delightful meal in the Playbill Dining Room. Before each show, live music creates the perfect setting for diners to indulge in the impressive show-themed buffet. The on-site Gallery Gift Shop showcases over one hundred BC artisans, and is a wonderful place for art-lovers and shoppers to browse, and take home, a memorable piece of the west coast.