It’s beginning to look a lot like, well A Christmas Story! The Bumpus Hounds have been busy practicing stealing turkeys; Flick has been doing very special push-ups to get his tongue back into shape; the Old Man stands ready and armed for the Furnace Battle; and Ralphie is already scheming schemes on how to get the penultimate gift from Santa: “a legendary, official Red Ryder 200-shot range model air rifle with a compass and this thing which tells time built right into the stock.”
The Tennessee Rep celebrates five years of bringing this iconic tale to the stage, and its production of A Christmas Story! has become a Nashville all-American holiday tradition. The audience always helps pull Flick off the frozen flagpole; goes down the Santa slide; barks like Bumpus Hounds; and, of course, helps warn Ralphie with “You’ll shoot your eye out!”
If you’ve experienced the Rep’s version of A Christmas Story, you know you are not just at the show—you are a part of it as well! It wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without the audience joining in, and isn’t that what a tradition is all about? (Maybe this is why your parents harangue you mercilessly to come home for the holidays).
As thanks for being A Christmas Story ‘alum,’ there’s a special discount to the fifth anniversary celebration.
A Christmas Story! is adapted by Phillip Grecian and based on the motion picture by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, and Bob Clark. The production continues now through December 22 at the Johnson Theatre, TPAC. Save $7.50 on selected performances of A Christmas Story. Use promo code CSALUM when purchasing tickets. Tickets may be purchased by calling 615-782-4040 or at the website at www.tennesseerep.pmailus.com. Seating may be limited to designated areas of the theatre. Cannot be combined with other offers.
Happy holidays from the Rep and artistic director René D. Copeland.
“I look forward to seeing you at Tennessee Rep’s A Christmas Story this holiday season,” said Copeland, “and I’ll be saying ‘oh fuuuudge’ if you don’t stop and say ‘hello’ while you’re there.”
Keeton Theatre presents Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
White Christmas plays at the Larry Keeton Theatre at the FiftyForward Senior Center in Donelson now through December 22. This is a dinner theatre production, so your meal is included.
Nightclub entertainers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis and singing-sister act Betty and Judy travel to Vermont to visit Bob and Phil’s WII commanding officer, Gen. Waverly, who now runs a rustic old inn. Discovering that the general is in dire financial straits, the four entertainers secretly make plans to bail the old guy out with a big musical show, enlisting the aid of Bob and Phil’s army buddies. Sure, the plot’s a little corny—but White Christmas has been a holiday staple ever since the movie version came out starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.
Tickets are $30 for adults and $21 for children 12 and under. Admission price includes show and holiday dinner of cranberry salad, turkey and dressing with gravy, sweet potato casserole and double chocolate cake. Doors open at 5:45 pm, Thursday-Saturday, with dinner served at 6 pm; show time is at 7 pm. On Sundays doors open at 12:45 pm with lunch served at 1 pm; show time is at 2 pm.
Call 883-8375 for ticket reservations or order online at www.thelarrykeetontheatre.org