• Written by Jean Shepard, with permission from Dramatic Publishing
“A Christmas Story,” humorist Jean Shepard’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s, 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 himself, at Goldblatt’s Department Store.

The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace, Scut Farkas, the school bully, the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost, the “Little Orphan Annie” decoder pin, Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking, Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios, and more.

The play is directed by Doug Poage and produced by Jane Pattinson and Michelle Lewis.

Show dates: Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 and 7 p.m. at Cedarcrest High School, 29000 NE 150th St., Duvall.

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