As a holiday gift to the audience, Burien Little Theatre will be hosting free staged readings of the popular family-friendly comedy “A Christmas Story,” written by Philip Grecian. Performances will be at 2 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10.
A Christmas Story is based on humorist Jean Shepherd’s very funny memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s. The script is also based on the motion picture of the same name produced by Turner Entertainment Co. in 1983, distributed by Warner Brothers, and written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark.
The story follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case to his mother, his teacher and even the Santa Claus at Goldblatt’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out.” All of the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more.
Audience members are encouraged to bringing nonperishable food items for the theater’s food drive. Donated food will go to a local food bank.
Seating is first-come, first-served. Contact the theater in advance to arrange accommodations for wheelchairs and similar issues. For information, go online to www.burienlittletheatre.org or call the ticket office at 206-242-5180.
Under the direction of Rochelle Flynn, the show features the diverse acting talents of Kevin Boze (The Old Man, Santa), Jeffrey Cavanaugh (Narrator, The Cowboy, The Tree Lot Owner, The Delivery Man, The Voice of a Neightbor), Susan Echols-Orton (Miss Shields, Black Bart, Depatment Store Voice, Radio Announcer), Michael Johnson (Schwartz, Desperado One), Ben Nelson (Randy, Flick, Desperado Two), Katt Powers (Esther Jane Alberry, Scut Farkas), Grace Reamer (Mother) and Lucian Smith (Ralphie Parker), plus Shelley Brittingham creating live sound effects.