Stage Door offers holiday feature

Stage Door Productions invites everyone to listen and let their imaginations fill with thoughts of the images that come to life in the theater of their minds – the images of Christmas in Indiana in the mid 1940s, penny candies, Radio Flyer wagons and Red Ryder BB air rifles.

  • Thursday, April 30, 2009 7:57pm
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Stage Door Productions invites everyone to listen and let their imaginations fill with thoughts of the images that come to life in the theater of their minds – the images of Christmas in Indiana in the mid 1940s, penny candies, Radio Flyer wagons and Red Ryder BB air rifles.

This all happens when Stage Door Productions presents its Radio Theatre version of “A Christmas Story” Saturday and Sunday at the J.J. Smith Elementary building.

This is the fourth radio show for Stage Door. Preceding this were the Christmas classics “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and “A Christmas Carol.”

The radio play is based on the 1983 film from the short stories by author Jean Shepherd, including material from his books “In God We Trust,” “All Others Pay Cash” and Wanda Hickey’s “Night of Golden Memories.”

The story is about 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the perfect Christmas gift, a Red Ryder air BB rifle. Everyone, it seems, is against him – mainly his mother, who keeps claiming, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

“We try to do a radio period piece every year, this is the first time we’ve tried adapting a script,” Stage Door artistic director Frank Thompson said. “This one is a little longer than most radio fans are accustomed to, but it contains all the hilarity of the movie.”

Stage Door members invite the public to join them at 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday for a dessert buffet and social hour where all can meet the actors and spend quality time with Santa Claus. The radio-style show begins an hour later.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and are available at the Enumclaw Radio Shack, The Arts Alive! Gallery, the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce and at the door.

For more information, contact Stage Door Productions at 360-825-2212 or www.stagedoorprod.org.

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