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A Christmas Story opens at STC this Thursday

Holiday classic will be on stage until Dec. 23

The story of a nine-year-old boy's quest for the ultimate Christmas gift is coming to the Sudbury Theatre Centre stage for the holiday season.

A Christmas Story will be featured from Dec. 7 - 23 with evening shows at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. The pay-what-you-can matinee is scheduled for Dec. 17.

The play is a critically acclaimed stage adaptation of Jean Shepherd's tale of a special Christmas past and a journey back in time when we all had less and it felt like more. 

Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker has high hopes of finding the gift of his dreams under the tree Christmas morning. He drops multiple hints but to no avail; his parents remain unmoveable. What's Ralphie to do? Will Santa help?

Released in 1983, just before American Thanksgiving, A Christmas Story was a bit of a flop. But after it went to video and began playing on TV during the holidays, it became, by all rights, a holiday classic.

The STC presentation features local children between the ages of eight and 13, including Eric Belanger who will be playing the role of Ralphie. Belanger performed in the spring of 2017 in the STC/YES Theatre's Hockey Dreams.

Joining Belanger are Jack Jones as Ralphie's brother Randy, Sameul Jarrett and Kieran Jensen as Ralphie's school friends Flick and Schwartz, along with Rayden Pelland in the role of Scut Farkas, the schoolyard bully, Grace Reich as Esther Jane Alberry and Grace Weston as Helen Weathers.

Geoffrey Tyler will be in the role of Ralphie's "Old Man" and Jill Harland will play Ralphie's mom. Sarah Strange plays the role of Ms. Shields, Ralphie's school teacher.

A Christmas Story is a great way to celebrate the holidays and tickets can be booked early at sudburytheatre.ca, or by calling the DiBrina Box Office at 705-674-8381.

Ticket prices begin at $12.50 for children and students, $22.50 for adults under 30, $32.50 for seniors and $36.50 for adults.  



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