Director's Take: A Christmas Story - Opening Nov. 18

Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!"

"What is so lovely about this show is that it allows the audience to remember their childhood and their own Christmas stories at home," says Resident Director Matt McNabb. "The play really follows the movie so it's a story we all know and love. In the play, the grownup version of Ralphie is on stage, narrating from his adult perspective. The experience of this show provides a strong sense of nostalgia, allowing us to look at the innocent, wide eyed adventures of our youth, through the lens of ourselves as adults." 

All the dryly-funny elements from the beloved motion picture by Jean Shepherd are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment licking a frozen lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios, and more. We hope you'll join us to remember the joy of being a kid at Christmastime again, because sometimes Christmas is about getting what you really want. 

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Resident Director Matt McNabb

Matt has been a resident director at Lyric Arts since 2013 and currently serves as the General Manager. Previous productions at Lyric Arts include The Explorers Club, Into the Woods, Young Frankenstein, RENT, Barefoot In The Park, Cabaret, Footloose, The Mousetrap, Wait Until Dark, and The Pirates of Penzance. Other local credits include Always...Patsy Cline for Daleko Arts and The Mystery of Edwin Drood for The Cahmeleon Theater Circle. Matt is also an active lighting designer through out the Twin Cities.