On Stage: CLOG's "A Christmas Story: The Musical" prepares to close out its 2016 run
On this first day of winter we're reminded that Santa Claus will soon be on his way.
The Charleston Light Opera Guild is celebrating the season with an encore run of the Tony-nominated production of "A Christmas Story: The Musical."
Since it began as a short story in Playboy magazine, was made part of a book, then turned into a movie and eventually moved to the Broadway stage, "A Christmas Story" has become one of America's favorite holiday traditions.
"Everybody loves 'A Christmas Story' the movie and I think we had the same response to the musical," Elizabeth Cary Brown (Mother) said. "I think people love the show. I've heard nothing but positive feedback. As soon as we were finished I had people asking are you going to do it again next year."
As Ralphie sets out on his quest to get the coveted Red Ryder BB gun, the travails of the Old Man, the loving touch of Mother, the antics of kid brother Randy and the outrageous Bumpus hounds from next door all combine to deliver familiar, yet welcome holiday moments which take us back to our own childhood Christmas wishes.
"I think people will leave feeling closer because of this show," Brown said. "I think people might cry as a result of this show. I know a little part of me tears up every night."
"If you like the movie, you're gonna love the musical," Eric Hudnall (The Old Man) said. "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."
The Charleston Light Opera Guild presents "A Christmas Story: The Musical"
Directed by Nina Pasinetti
Musical Direction by Bobby Hodges, Jr.
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