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Nostalgic Christmas show to open in Abrams

Joan Koehne, Special to the Times Herald

Josh Blau (The Old Man), left, watches as Cate Kopkey (Mother) lectures Sebastian Surber (Randy) and Kael Pierquet (Ralphie) during a rehearsal of “A Christmas Story: The Musical.” Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will present the show at the Byng Community Theater in Abrams. (Photo by Ali Carlson)

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will present a nostalgic and familiar Christmas show beginning Dec. 7.

“A Christmas Story: The Musical” is an iconic holiday comedy set in the 1940s. Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas – a Red Ryder BB gun – but his wish seems hopeless.

“The story line is very familiar,” said director Pamela Loberger. “For older audiences, it will bring back fond memories of Christmases of their youth. For the younger audience, it provides a lot of humor and upbeat, fun music.”

The show has a mix of veteran and new talent. Bill Wons brings his comedic timing to his role as Jean, the narrator. Kael Pierquet shows spontaneity and determination as Ralphie Parker. Sebastian Surber, making his theater debut, brings a vulnerability to his role as Ralphie’s brother, Randy Parker. Josh Blau, “The Old Man,” Cate Kopkey, Mother and musical director, and Abby Frank, Ralphie’s teacher, contribute all-around musical and acting talent. Audiences will delight in Jim Klein’s acerbic Santa.

“We are fortunate to have a solid ensemble filling out the cast, providing a truly enjoyable show,” Loberger said.

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will celebrate opening night on Friday, Dec. 7, with a gala after the show. The audience is invited to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks with the cast and crew.

Performances continue at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14; at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and 15; and 1 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16. All shows will be performed at the Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams.

A limited number of tickets are available. Tickets can be purchased at AbramsTheatre.com or by calling the box office at 920-826-5852.

“A Christmas Story: The Musical” is based upon the motion picture “A Christmas Story,” distributed by Warner Bros. Book is by Joseph Robinette; music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark and based on “In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash,” written by Jean Shepherd.

Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

Produced with permission of Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures and Dalfie Entertainment.

Originally produced on Broadway by Gerald Goehring, Roy Miller, Michael F. Mitri, Pat Flicker Addiss, Peter Billingsley, Timothy Lacyczinski, Mariano Tolentino Jr., Louise Beard, Michael Filerman, Scott Hart, Alison Eckert, Bob Bartner, Michael Jenkins, Angela Milonas and Bradford W. Smith.