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A new musical adaptation of a holiday classic comes to The Rose.


Last week, The Rose Theater opened the new musical A Christmas Story, adapted from the classic film of the same name. The Rose says the fun-filled musical adaptation of the classic Yuletide film offers a stocking full of good, old-fashioned laughs sure to please the entire family.

            The show invites audiences to join nine-year-old Ralphie Parker on his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts – a Red Ryder air rifle. The show is based off the popular 1983 movie adapted from the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd and includes all the favorite moments of its source: Flick getting his tongue stuck to a flagpole, Dad receiving his major award, a disastrous visit to Santa, and of course, Ralphie’s Christmas present of pink bunny pajamas.

            The show’s director, Artistic Director Matt Gutschick, said, “A Christmas Story offers a hilarious account of one child’s quest to make sure the most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree. In the process, he learns some universal truths that will stick with him for a lifetime.”

            Gutschick said that this particular version of Jean Shepard’s story is deeper and richer than one might imagine because we actually get to see the Narrator (played by Dave Wingert) react to the moments happening before him on stage.

            The script, adapted by playwright Joseph Robinette, remains faithful to its source, while adding several inventive twists. The stage adaptation adds a collection of charming musical numbers featuring tapping gangsters, Western hoedowners, and a bevy of dancing leg lamps, all set to music composed by the Tony Award-nominated team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The music will be performed by the Omaha Big Band under the direction of Rose Musical Director Jerry Brabec.

            The Rose said one key message of the show is that no matter what comes under the Christmas tree for Ralphie, his parents, even with all their imperfections, love him – and that is the greatest gift he could ever receive.

            Gutschick said, “This show reminds us that we can choose to love unconditionally regardless of how imperfect we have been in sharing love in the past.”

            The Rose Theater’s production of A Christmas Story: The Musical will open December 5th and run through December 28th. For more information, call the Rose Theater Box Office at 402-345-4849 or visit www.rosetheater.org.

            Cold Cream looks at theater in the metro area. Email information to coldcream@thereader.com


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