The Players Club of Swarthmore presents A Christmas Story, The Musical , a holiday delight for the whole family. Based on the classic movie A Christmas Story released in 1983. A Christmas Story, The Musical features music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (The Greatest Showman, Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land) and an inventive book by Joseph Robinette. A Christmas Story, The Musical is directed and choreographed by Nate Golden. Music direction is by Madi Juleskusky. Tickets are available online at http://www.pcstheater.org. For group rates, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In A Christmas Story, The Musical, we meet young Ralphie Parker (Mikey Geddes, Holmes) and learn about his desperate quest for the most perfect of Christmas presents, a Red Ryder BB Gun. Ralphie dreams of scenarios to convince his Mother (Katie Elizabeth Hughes, Philadelphia), his teacher, Miss Shields (Constance Clay Pelesh, Media) and Santa (Sean Wiley, Woodlyn) to help him get his present. We also see his wacky home life with his Dad, The Old Man (John Paul Cappiello, Drexel Hill) and little brother, Randy (Amelia Carnahan). Jean Shepard (Terry Tracy, Drexel Hill) a grown up Ralphie is the narrator.
Additional cast members in A Christmas Story, The Musical include Ella Grossman, Swarthmore; Sam Gorman, Malvern; Gracie Kotzen, Swarthmore; Violet Wiley, Woodlyn; Alden Rowlyk, Swedesboro, N.J.; Thaonghi Pham, Woodbury, N.J.; Erin Maldonado, Philadelphia; Gabrielle Impriano, Ridley: Tess Sinatra, Blue Bell; Danielle Marone, Phoenixville; Taylor Urian, Folsom; Eileen Wiley, Woodlyn; Doris Chan, Garnet Valley; Amanda Pasquini, Sewell, N.J.; Donna Dougherty, Bryn Mawr; Phil Vecchiolli, Wallingford; Ryan Stone, Springfield; Avery Leach, Clifton Heights; Owen Burk, Wallingford; David E. Griffith, Boothwyn; Chris Stone, Newtown Square; Lily Chancey; Max Keating, Havertown; and Andrew SanFilippo, Springfield.
A Christmas Story, The Musical runs from Friday, Nov. 26, through Saturday, Dec. 8, and includes four matinee performances Thursday performances are at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday night performances are at 8pm, Saturday afternoon performances are at 2pm, Sunday performances are at 2pm. Audiences can meet the artists in a talk back discussion following the Dec. 2 performance. Buy tickets online at http://www.pcstheater.org, by calling OvationTix at 866-8114111, or at the door. For more information about The Players Club of Swarthmore, including upcoming events, shows, ticketing and directions, visit http://www.pcstheater.org.
A Christmas Story, The Musical
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Book by Joseph Robinette
Directed and Choreographed by Nate Golden
Friday, Nov. 23 at 8pm
Saturday, Nov. 24 at 8pm
Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2pm
Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7:30pm
Friday, Nov. 30 at 8pm
Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2pm
Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8pm
Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2pm +
Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30pm
Friday, Dec. 7 at 8pm Saturday,
Dec. 8 at 2pm Saturday,
Dec. 8 at 8pm
+ Meet the Artists, in an informal discussion following the Dec. 2 performance
The Players Club of Swarthmore, an all-volunteer organization now in its 108th season, is located at 614 Fairview Road— just off Route 320. The PCS Mainstage is a 300-seat proscenium theater that is fully handicapped accessible, and the intimate Second Stage (home of PCS’ highly successful Children’s Series) is a black box space that can seat 60—80 people. There is plenty of free off-street parking. Visit http://www.pcstheater.org for information on upcoming events, ticketing, directions, etc.
Photos by Anne Marie Scalies