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A CHRISTMAS STORY at Palo Alto Players


11/8/2019 - 11/24/2019


Palo Alto Players

1305 Middlefield Rd.
Palo Alto,CA 94301
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Book by Joseph Robinette
Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and upon In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash written by Jean Shepherd
Produced with permission of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Dalfie Entertainment.

From the songwriting team behind the smash-hit Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen and the Academy Award-winning film La La Land and recent blockbuster The Greatest Showman, A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle (Youll shoot your eye out kid!). An infamous lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Warm up for your holiday season with this inspired stage musical adaptation of the perennial film classic!

Performance dates: November 9 - 24, 2019 (preview November 8)Ticket Prices: $27-$57 (Discounts for Seniors, Educators, Patrons under 30, and Military available for all performances except Preview Night Friday, November 8)

Age Recommendation: Kid friendly. Every person entering the theatre must have a ticket. No children under age three will be admitted to the theatre.

Approximate Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.

All performances are held at the:
Lucie Stern Theater
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301

In cooperation with the City of Palo Alto, Community Services Department, Division of Arts and Sciences For more information including details about parking, wheelchair access, and listening devices, visit our Plan Your Visit Page.

Opening Night AfterGlow Party
Saturday, November 9
Enjoy a post-show champagne reception with drinks and appetizers while meeting the cast, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for that evenings performance.

Post-Show Director/Cast Talkback
Thursday, November 14
Enjoy our Talkback series with Director Janie Scott and members of the cast following the performance, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for any performance during the run.

CAST (in order of appearance):
Jean Shepherd: Shawn Bender
Ralphie: Joshua Parecki
Mother: Gwyneth Price Panos
Randy: Antonio Elias
The Old Man: Michael Rhone
Schwartz: Misha Seeff
Flick: Neal Sampson
Esther Jane: Madeleine Chen
Mary Beth: Sadie Evans
Scut Farkus: Tristan Howard
Grover Dill: Connor Dean
Miss Shields: Juliet Green
Fantasy Villain: Zendrex Llado
Delivery Men: Daniel Cardenas, Arjun Sheth
Policeman: Daniel Cardenas
Fireman: Arjun Sheth
Doctor: Michael CaiNurse: Crystal Adams
Flicks Mother: Jennifer Petersen
Mrs. Schwartz: Kayvon Kordestani
Santa Claus: Joey McDaniel
Chief Elves: Emily Schmeichel-Frank, Daniel Cardenas
Goggles Kid: Isaac Moore
Waiters: Michael Cai, Zendrex Llado
Waitress: Jennifer Petersen
Carolers: Crystal Adams, Michael Cai, Naomi Evans, Jennifer Petersen, Michael Saenz, Emily Schmeichel-Frank
Adult Ensemble: Crystal Adams, Michael Cai, Daniel Cardenas, Naomi Evans, Kayvon Kordestani, Zendrex Llado, Kathryn Petak, Jennifer Petersen, Michael Saenz, Emily Schmeichel-Frank, Arjun Sheth
Kids Ensemble: Brynn Ayoob, Madeleine Chen, Marlowe Ephron, Sadie Evans, Isaac Moore

Director: Janie Scott
Music Director: Amanda Ku
Choreographer: Janie Scott
Scenic Designer: Patrick Klein
Lighting Designer: Rick Amerson
Costume Designer: Naomi Arnst
Properties Designer: Margaret Deng
Hair/Makeup Designer: Gwyneth Prince Panos
Sound Designer: Brandie Larkin
Sound Supervisor: Jeff Grafton
Stage Manager: Philip Jacke
Master Electrician: Herb Evans
Technical Director and Production Manager: Scott Ludwig
Production Coordinator: Megan Bartlett
Artistic Director: Patrick Klein

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