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Denair brings classic Christmas film to the stage
Flick, played by Michael Chambers, gets ready to test the theory that his tongue will stick to a cold pole as his classmates look on. The well-known scene from A Christmas Story will be included in the Denair Gaslights version opening Dec. 8. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Denair Gaslight Theater is hoping to put smiles on the faces of the community with their production of the holiday classic “A Christmas Story.”

Based on humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s the production follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus, but is continually thwarted by the refrain of "You'll shoot your eye out!"

Resident Director Joshua Morriston said the production will feature all the elements from the beloved holiday classic, including “the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scot Farkas, the school bully; Flick’s experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; the major award lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; and Ralphie's fantasy scenarios,” Morriston said in an email.

The show will feature local actors, both young and old, including Alex Norman as Ralphie, Chase Edwards as Randy, Christy Chambers as Mother, and Alex Lopez as Father.

Opening night for the show is Dec. 8. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for guests to enjoy Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and warm cider. The show will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available online at and at the door. General admission is $10, and seniors and students are $8.