Tuesday, Nov 19 2013 06:00 AM

'A Christmas Story' opens Nov. 22 at the Beekay Theatre

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From Left: enacting a dream sequence, in which Ralphie is blind, is Michael Gruett (as old man, father) Ava Daniels (as Ralphie), Lily Bonham (as Randy0 and Jamie Uhtof (as mother). TCT's production of A Christmas Story will be performed at the Beekay Theater, 110 S. Green Street, Nov. 22 throught Dec. 15. Friday and Saturday evening shows are at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m. For more information go to or call the message line at 822-4037. Photo courtesy of Tehachapi Community Theater.

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, 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 or call the TCT message line at 822-4037. On the Cover

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