Pec Playhouse offers A Christmas Story

Holiday classic is theater’s final performance of season

Pec Playhouse Theatre in Pecatonica will present its final production of its 2005 season, A Christmas Story, from Nov. 18 through Dec. 4. This family holiday favorite is adapted for the stage by Philip Grecian, based on the hit movie written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.

We’ve all seen the movie: little Ralphie Parker desperately wants a Red Ryder BB gun, but everyone tells him he’ll shoot his eye out with the thing. Memorable moments from the movie are all there—the tongue frozen to the flagpole, Ralphie’s encounter with an evil Santa, and others are also in the play. Also as done in the film, the play is narrated by an older and reminiscent Ralph Parker. There are plenty of laughs for young and young at heart.

The 29-member cast features men, women and children from Pecatonica and the surrounding communities, some with many years of stage experience and also those who are new to performing. Auditions just more than two months ago yielded a larger-than-expected group to select from, and so some roles have been cast to two actors. There is also an expanded schedule of performances—two extra matinees—to give the cast members plenty of time on stage in this hilarious comedy.

The play is directed by Drew Thomas, an educator in the Belvidere School District. Although this is the first stage play he is directing at Pec Playhouse Theatre, he previously directed a week of the Children’s Theatre Camp held earlier this summer at the theater, an experience enjoyed by all who attended. Thomas also brings much theater experience to this production, having worked with several other theatre organizations in several states and regions of the country.

The show opens Friday, Nov. 18 and runs for 11 performances over three weekends. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and 2 p.m. Sundays. There are also two Saturday afternoon matinees at 2 p.m. on Nov. 26 and Dec. 3. Tickets are selling quickly, and some performances are already sold out in the small, 120-seat theater, so make reservations as soon as possible. Call the box office at (815) 239-1210. Tickets are also available at German American State Bank in Pecatonica.

From the Nov. 9-15, 2005, issue

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