Tehachapi Community Theatre's production of "A Christmas Story" opens this Friday, Nov. 22, at the beautiful Beekay Theatre. The play, written by Philip Grecian, is based on the well-known movie of the same name, which in turn is based on the memoirs of humorist Jean Shepherd of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s.
The story follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder 200-Shot Carbine Action Range Model Air Rifle for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself with the oft repeated response being: "You'll shoot your eye out."
The play closely follows the beloved motion picture including such scenes as the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more.
A focal point of the story is a lamp shaped like a woman's leg which Ralpie's father wins in a contest. A replica of the famous lamp was purchased to use as a prop in the play. Drawing tickets may be purchased during the show's intermissions for a chance to win the lamp after the final performance.
This family-friendly play runs the weekend of Thanksgiving, which makes a great outing for family and friends visiting from out of town. Don't wait, get your tickets early as those performances fill up fast.
Performance dates are Friday and Saturday nights, Nov. 22, 23, 29, 30, Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are Dec. 1, 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.
Performances are held at the BeeKay Theatre located at 110 S. Green Street. Tickets cost $15 and may be purchased online at tctonstage.com, Picture Perfect-Stamps of Approval, 112 E. Tehachapi Blvd., Ste. A, Tehachapi Furniture, 20346 W. Valley Blvd., or Johnny's Take n' Bake, 807 Tucker Road.
For more information, please visit TCT's website at tctonstage.com or call the TCT message line at 822-4037. On the Cover