On Stage: CLOG presents "A Christmas Story: The Musical" once again
One year after a successful Capital City run which saw three of its six performances sell out, "A Christmas Story: The Musical" is once again being presented by the Charleston Light Opera Guild.
It's an unusual move for the organization. which almost never repeats a show in consecutive seasons.
"If you're familiar with the movie to start with, it's true to the plot of the movie," Eric Hudnall (The Old Man) said. "So, if you like the movie you're going to love the musical. And of course it was nominated for four Tony awards, which is sort of an unheard of thing for a Christmas-themed musical. And because of that, I mean it's got really good music. It's well written."
What started as a short story, became a movie and then a Broadway musical tells the adventures of Ralphie Parker. In 1940 Indiana, he sets his sights on getting a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas and then sets out to make his dream a reality. The show is filled with songs, laughter, kids and even some real-life Bumpus hounds from next door.
"I think this gives us a chance to kind of explore some of the characters in more depth," Elizabeth Cary Brown (Mother) said. "For example, the mother, which is me. I like to think that I can bring a little bit more emotion, kind of show a softer side to the mother. I think in the movie she really was not more than just a taskmaster and someone who whipped you up and got you ready for school. I think there's a little softer side."
While the movie and musical share very similar storylines, there are subtle differences between the two.
"This is the perfect time for people to stop and really spend time with their family and just take a moment to share what Christmas is all about," Brown said. "I think people will leave feeling closer because of the show. I think people might cry because of the show."
"It gives people a chance to maybe get away from that hustle and bustle trying to take care of Christmas shopping," Hudnall said. "It's only two and a half hours. Two and a half hours of your time you come here and I promise it will be a really good time. They'll enjoy it."
The Charleston Light Opera Guild presents "A Christmas Story: The Musical"
Directed by Nina Pasinetti
Musical Direction by Bobby Hodges, Jr.
Fri Dec 16 at 7:30pm
Sat Dec 17 at 2pm and 7:30pm
Sun Dec 18 at 2pm and 7:30pm
Wed-Fri Dec 21-23 at 7:30pm
Norman L. Fagan State Theater at the WV Culture Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston WV
Reserved Tickets $20 + $2 convenience fee on sale now at http://www.charlestonlightoperaguild.org/buytix.htm
Kennie Bass-Jean Shepherd
Eric B. Hudnall-The Old Man
Elizabeth Cary Brown-Mother
Tayan Cooper-Ralphie Parker
Zene Cooper-Randy Parker
Toni M. Pilato-Miss Shields
Marc D. Golden-Santa
Will Manahan-Scut Farkus
Trey Pritt-Grover Dil
Katherine Akers-Whimp Kid
Amelia Allen-Mary Beth
Emma Alley-Ester Jane
Susannah Atkins-Head Elf
Amy Atkins-Flick's Mom
Claire Butler-Schwartz's Mom
Isaiah Canterbury-Whimp Kid
Rudy Capece-Whimp Kid
Ava Pierson-Whimp Kid
Caroline Shriver Elf
Lucy Smith-Whimp Kid
Delaney Wells- Whimp Kid
Ireland Wiley-Whimp Kid
Nina Denton Pasinetti-Director/Choreographer
Bobby Hodges, Jr.-Musical Director
Tom Pasinetti-Technical Director