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Christmas classic charms all ages

Anonymous • May 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM

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• WHAT: “A Christmas Story”

• WHEN: 8 p.m. Dec. 3-4, 10-11; 2 p.m. Dec. 4-5, 11-12

• WHERE: Fremont Community Theatre, 1551 Dickinson St., Fremont

• COST: $12/adult, $10/students (K-12) and seniors (55 and older)

• INFO: 419-332-0695

By Lori Demres

Start the holiday season off with a classic Christmas favorite. “A Christmas Story” will be performed at Fremont Community Theatre Dec. 3-5 and 10-12 as part of its 55th season. And yes, it’s the same story of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his determined quest for that genuine Red Ryder BB gun.

There is one crucial difference in this production, however. Ralphie’s “adult” self is an actual character, and interacts on stage.

“Scott Havice (adult Ralphie) is a long time fan of the movie,” said Mitch Antesky of the Fremont Community Theatre. “It’s been really fun to recall and relive the movie. In a short amount of time, it’s become a classic, or at least a cult classic.”

All the beloved scenes are part of the show, including the exploding furnace, the bunny suit, the tongue on the lamppost and school bully Scut Farkus. For those who know the movie, count on hearing the standard response to Ralphie’s request for the BB gun over and over again — “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

“It’s hard to believe, but we have come across some people who have not seen the movie,” said Antesky. Whether you’ve seen it or not, it will become a theatrical favorite for the holiday season.

A tidbit of local trivia: though the play is set in Hammond, Indiana, the house depicted in the movie is actually located in Cleveland. Directly across the street is “A Christmas Story” House Museum, featuring original props, costumes and memorabilia from the film (including the family car!).

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