A Christmas Story, The Musical
- Book by Joseph Robinette
- Words and music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
The Musical Misadventures of a Boy with a Dream
“Preserves the film’s cheerfully anarchic spirit” —The Boston Globe
Based on the popular film, this festive musical tells a tale familiar to anyone who has ever been a kid: the dogged pursuit of acquiring a desired toy. It’s the 1940s and for 9-year-old Ralphie nothing under the tree will satisfy—save for an Official Red Ryder carbine-action BB gun. Filled with whimsical imagery, a memorable score, and energetic dance sequences, this Canadian premiere is a holiday gift for the whole family.
Running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission
"I absolutely loved this show. At first I wondered how they were going to convert a classic Christmas movie into a musical. Well, the result was a success! The script was sassy, the songs catchy, and the cast was superb. I'm going to bring my grandchildren to this not-to-be-missed production. Thank you so much."
–Christine, New Westminster
"Loved A Christmas Story, The Musical–it is magical, the cast is terrific, and the young people amazing. What a wonderful gift this play, or other local theatre, makes for family and friends. I will attend at least one more performance with another friend and look forward to seeing it again. If you want that feel good feeling include A Christmas Story, The Musical as part of your December celebrations"
"We had never seen or read the storyline of the play. We thoroughly enjoyed the performance and particularly the energy of the kids–they were amazing"
"This was a fun, light-hearted, entertaining musical!"
"A very enjoyable, fun, well-performed play. My family quite enjoyed it!"
"What an absolutely fabulous show! The young performers in the cast were amazing"
"Heart-warming, moving, and the best of family entertainment, A Christmas Story presents glimpses from the 1940's of touching and humorous aspects of life in a family and community preparing for the special holiday. The brilliant script sparks memories for all of those cherished times "Counting Down to Christmas" seen through the eyes of Ralphie (narrated by his older self), whose existence and daily focus leading up to Christmas Day, is how to secure the one and only gift his heart longs for–a Red Ryder BB gun. From his daydreams of how this will help him 'save the world,' to his strategies to help his parents see the light of his need for one, to facing the obstacles confronting him– 'You'll shoot your eye out!'–we are taken with him, in song and dance by the very talented cast of children and adults, on the emotional roller-coaster ride through events at home and school as the day approaches. A delightful play for the whole family!"
"What a trip down memory lane! This was great fun. I especially appreciated "Bill's Notes" with a detailed description of the play"
–Lois, North Vancouver
"After seeing the movie version multiple times, I wondered if the musical production would be as entertaining. It definitely surpassed my expectations. Fantastic sets, wonderful costumes, and a fabulous cast. The children are so talented! A must-see!"
–Lynn, Port Coquitlam
"This was a wonderful story full of laughter and energy. Every part was well cast and there was not a weak link in the bunch. The dancing was energetic, the staging clever, and the music fit the story. Very happy that the composers stayed close to the simple, heart-warming movie. The children were particularly good and the boy who played Ralphie was excellent. Yes, I have been telling my friends and family all about it"
"A Christmas Story, The Musical was a delightful production. It was energetic, fun-filled, and moving. The principal actors were enjoyable in their roles–of course Ralphie was. Frank was reminiscent of Darren McGavin as the Father. Jordyn Bennett had the most wonderful facial expressions. It was fun and fascinating to watch her. Everyone was good. I especially liked the tap number. Thanks to all for a delightful evening"
"Excellent! Outstanding! Brilliant performance from a bunch of kids and supporting adults. Their performance speaks volumes for their talent, the skill of the director and the casting crew. Well done Vancouver, you have produced some talented young actors who should dazzle us for years to come. Be sure to urge all the young people you know to attend this production so that they too can be entertained and motivated to strut their stuff"
"Quite a fun Christmas season play! I really enjoyed myself"
"Saw the show last night, and am still smiling. What a perfect start to the holiday season"
"It sure took us back in time. What a treat! The cast was superb and the young boys and girls were a hit. Thanks for the memories. Enjoyed the audience participation in the song. Keep bringing such wonderful plays"
"Thoroughly entertaining, wonderful song and dance routines, and beautifully acted. Enjoyed it very much"
"This play was an excellent remake of the original movie–even though the original movie was not a musical. Songs were very enjoyable and the cast, including all the young actors, were fabulous. A definite must-see over the holidays this year!"
"A nice way to get into the mood for Christmas. We thought the kids were excellent on so many levels. Way to go for them. Great family show and we enjoyed it very much"
–Johanna, New Westminster
"This show was exceptional. I wasn't sure how this story could be pulled off as a musical, but we were so impressed. All the cast did an amazing job–the young children were so professional. I will highly recommend the show to friends and family"
"We loved the show, particularly the kids! The music, singing and dancing were fun and energizing. It looked like everyone on stage was having a good time. The dad and the teacher were great and there were many humourous scenes"
"We really enjoyed this show, it was fun, entertaining, and very well done. All members of the cast performed extremely well. We especially enjoyed the young performers–the future of Vancouver theatre is bright if this is an example of what is out there"
"Absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed the performance. We enjoyed it immensely and it brought back so many memories of my Christmases when I was young and also Christmases with my children. We laughed, cried, and had smiles on our faces before, during, and after the play. This is my favorite Christmas movie and every Christmas Eve, with hot chocolate and goodies, we watch it. I recommend this play to everyone–so nice to see a lovely family play brought to the stage"
"It was so good that it made my cheeks hurt from smiling the whole time! What a fabulous cast. The children's big tap dance routine was spectacular. The young talent in Vancouver–and their nurturing by the Arts Club–is a guarantee that musical theatre in Vancouver is alive and thriving and will continue in the future. Thank you and congratulations!!"
"We went to see last night's performance of A Christmas Story and we loved it!! What a fun show–the cast, costumes, and songs were awesome! GO SEE THIS SHOW!!!"
"What a wonderful production. It was a fast moving performance and highly recommended. The music and dancing were fantastic. High energy. The props were creative. Gets you in the Christmas spirit"
"Fantastic performance. It was well worth the money. Very well done. The children were so cute and sure knew their lines"
–Janice and Jim, North Vancouver
"The young performers were amazing! Loved the show"
"This was a fantastic play. The acting was spectacular and the story was heart-warming. It puts you right in the holiday spirit. It was great for both adults and children, and I was amazed at how many well-behaved children were in attendance. I would highly recommend this play to all"
"My partner and I quite enjoyed the show. The music was good, lots of great voices as usual, and all the young kids were quite a treat"
"This was THE most entertaining afternoon ever!!! I have seen the movie more than once TV while dinner is cooking on Christmas Day and most of that story took place on stage. Congratulations for a very successful performance for all the young actors and ensemble–they did a splendid job. Best wishes to all the actors and back stage crew for a very merry holiday season"
–Shirley, North Vancouver
- Starring Cameron Andres, Scott Augustine, Jordyn Bennett, Graham Coffeng, Brennan Cuff, Meghan Gardiner, Janet Gigliotti, Glen Gordon, Sara-Jeanne Hosie, Elizabeth Irving, Avery Johnson, Duff MacDonald, Julia MacLean, Katie Murphy, Matt Palmer, Jakob Phan, Gordon Roberts, Graham Verchere, Robyn Wong, and Valin Shinyei as Ralphie
- Director and Choreographer Valerie Easton
- Musical Director Danny Balkwill
- Set Designer Amir Ofek
- Costume Designer Sheila White
- Lighting Designer Gerald King
- Sound Designer Chris Daniels
- Stage Manager Pamela Jakobs
- Assistant Stage Manager Anne Taylor