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The Sands Theater Co. will perform Jean Shepherd's classic tale, "A Christmas Story" in a whole new way -- on stage -- Dec. 6-15.
Director Trevor Southworth has turned the Athens Theatre stage into America's rust belt during the early 1940s, and brought to life the funny and heartwarming tale of Ralphie Parker (Joshua Freeman), his family and friends, and the adventures that ensue during his quest to get the perfect gift from Santa. The production offers DeLand the joy, imagination, and laughs that the movie has brought generations of audiences.
Almost everyone has their favorite quotation: "You'll shoot your eye out!"; "the coup de grace of all dares, the sinister triple-dog-dare."; "Fra-gee-lay. That must be Italian"; "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine"; or just "FUDGE!" People love to watch the movie because it reminds them of "another Christmas in another time ... another place," but in an unpretentious, quirky, sarcastic, and whimsical way.
In 2000, Philip Grecian adapted "A Christmas Story" into a stage play and managed to make the holiday classic somehow even sweeter. Instead of just hearing a voiceover, the audience actually gets to meet the narrator, Ralph (the grown-up Ralphie), as he tells the story and even participates in some of the memories of his childhood Christmas. Grecian's adaptation and the Sands' presentation perfectly tells the story of Ralphie Parker and his quest to get a "legendary official Red Ryder 200-Shot Carbine Action range Model Air Rifle with a compass and this thing which tells time built right into the stock," but more, it showcases one of the most important elements of the season: family love and appreciation.
Single ticket prices are $27 for VIP, $22 for general admission, $19 for seniors, $10 for students or $18 for groups of eight or more.
Thursday buy-one-get-one promotion is available for the Dec 12 performance only. Get two-for-one pricing on general admission and senior tickets. Purchase online and use promo code: BOGO
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15.
All tickets will be available online at The Athens Theatre website, AthensDeLand.com or by calling the box office at (386) 736-1500. Box-office hours are 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and one-hour before performances.