It wouldn’t be Christmas without reminiscing about the comically charming exploits of Ralphie Parker in “A Christmas Story.” The Pasadena Theatre Company invites families to see its stage adaption of the holiday classic between November 30 and December 9.
“A Christmas Story” follows the adventures of 9-year-old Ralphie, who wants nothing more than to receive a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. When he mentions this to his mother, she of course rejects his wishes, stating, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Ralphie begs and pleads and even asks Santa himself, but does he get his wish on Christmas?
Audiences can expect the production to be true to the movie. This is not a musical performance; PTC wishes to offer a show that is a nostalgic representation of the original classic, where families can find enjoyment and humor in remembering beloved scenes from the movie.
PTC President Sharon Steele said audience members should expect “some incredible energy from the performers. They are truly dedicated to putting on quality shows.”
The cast has a great camaraderie. “The kids really look up to them, and the older performers are so patient and eager to share,” Steele said.
Performers come from numerous cities, including Pasadena, Glen Burnie, Annapolis, Crofton, Savage, Edgewater, Bowie, Severna Park and even Towson. The production has a cast of all ages. Despite many of the school-age performers being busy with academics and other extracurricular activities, the entire cast has been dedicated and full of energy, putting focus and effort into making the most of each rehearsal since convening in September.
After each showing, audience members are encouraged to take part in a meet-and-greet photo opportunity with Santa. After performing his onstage duties, Santa will spread holiday cheer in the theater lobby. Christmas carols will also be sung during intermission at each show.
The Pasadena Theatre Company has been around for more than 40 years, and although these types of productions are time-consuming and expensive to produce, the organization has been fortunate with grants and community support, which have both kept the theater thriving.
Steele encourages families to purchase their tickets soon; all of last year’s performances sold out. Ticket purchase links, showtimes and information about the theater can be found at www.ptcshows.com. PTC recently partnered with Stage and Screen Studios, owned by Pete and Julie Garvey in Millersville, and is eager to offer numerous performances for the upcoming 2019 season. PTC is always looking for talented individuals of all ages and backgrounds to become involved with its productions whether as performers, set designers, makeup artists or costume designers, or by helping with technical needs. To become involved, contact PTC through its website or Facebook page.
Make this holiday season unforgettable with a family trip to the theater.