A Christmas Story, the Musical

Book by Joseph Robinette, Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Directed by Donald C. Hart, MFA

One of the top 10 plays and musicals of 2012. Set in the 1940s as 9 year old Ralphie pursues his desire for the Official Red Ryder air rifle.

Produced by Portage Area Community Theatre at Portage Center for the Arts, 301 East Cook Street, Portage

Performances: November 8-18, 2018

Performance Times:
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays--7 pm; Sundays at 2 pm.

Ticket Prices: Adults: $18.00, Students: $12.00

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


This production will be directed by Donald C. Hart. He is looking for about 25 to 35 dedicated and eager performers to fill this cast. The descriptions of the principal roles are below. There will be a dancing and singing portion to the audition. Auditions are at 6:30 at John Muir School, 2600 Woodcrest Dr., Portage

Jean Shepard: Appears to be in his 50s. Could be late 40s or early 60s, too. The narrator of the story. Plays additional characters (e.g., the Telegram Deliverer). Has a youthful energy.

Ralphie: Appears to be about 10. The story's protagonist. Is cute in a wimpy way. When happy his smiles glow. Imaginative and sometimes mischievous.

Mother: Appears to be in her 30s or 40s. Kindhearted. Always very busy with something for the family. Feels overwhelmed at times but won't intentionally let the family see it. The backbone of the family.

The Old Man: Appears to be in his 30s or 40s. A loving family man who has difficulty showing it. Blue collar. Usually appears rough and unapproachable. Can be very pessimistic, but he wants to be seen as a "winner". Very energetic when excited.

Randy: Appears to be about 7 or 8. Cute as a button. Whiny but not a bad kid. Lovable.

Scut Farkus: About 14 or 15. A true schoolyard bully. He enjoys it to a great degree. Does not need to be large, but should be bigger than the other kids. Loud and obnoxious.

Grover Dill: Anywhere in age from 9 to 12. Comically smaller than Farkus. Sees Farkus as someone to look up to. Loud and obnoxious.

Miss Shields: Anywhere in age from 30s to 50s. A stereotypical 1940s teacher. Prim, proper and stern. Has a warm and humorous side, too. In Ralphie's daydream, she becomes a dynamic performer. She's a belter and a tap dancer in this show-stopper number.