A Christmas Story, The Musical
Nov 25 – Dec 30, 2014
This December, experience Seattle’s favorite holiday tradition at The 5th Avenue Theatre and let the season unfold around you with music, festivities, and fun. This year, The 5th takes you to 1939 Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas—a Red Ryder BB Gun. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. A Christmas Story, The Musical is holiday entertainment that captures a simpler time in America with delicious wit and a heart of gold.
“A flawless spectacle of comic brilliance and Christmas cheer!” —Bellevue Reporter
“Get yourself to the mall and ask Santa for tickets to this one before it's too late.”
Plan Your Visit
Whether this is your first visit to The 5th Avenue Theatre or your 50th, we want to ensure that you enjoy every moment. If you have any questions about the theater accommodations or services, please call 206-625-1900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Christmas Story, The Musical runs approximatley 2 hours, 30 minutes including intermission.
Productions begin promptly, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Doors open 45 minutes before the show and seating begins 30 minutes before the curtain.
Patrons arriving late will be seated at the first suitable pause in the performance in the least disruptive location. Following intermission, an usher will help you find your seat.
All performances will take place as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.
The 5th Avenue Theatre welcomes children ages 4 and older. Children under 4 years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 5th Avenue productions are generally suitable for ages 8 and above. Complimentary booster seats are available at the Coat Check.
Please leave the following information with your sitter or service, so we can quickly locate you in the event of an emergency:
Theatre Coat Check phone: 206-625-1294
Coat Check & Assistive Devices
Complimentary Coat Check is located in the lobby next to Aisle 3. You may check any item you don’t wish to carry into the theater. Booster seats and Braille playbills are available at no charge. Binoculars may be rented for $5.00.
Food & Drinks
Refreshments are available for purchase on both levels of the lobby before the performance and during intermission. Food and drinks, except for bottled soft drinks and water, are not permitted inside the auditorium.
Ticket Refunds & Exchanges
You may exchange your tickets, if you do so 24 hours or more prior to your scheduled performance date. Subscribers may exchange tickets for free. Single-ticket buyers are charged an exchange fee. Please note: Tickets are non-refundable.
If you lose or forget your tickets, please call 206-625-1900 or 888-5TH-4TIX for a replacement. You may pick up reprinted tickets at the Box Office on the day of the show.
We strongly discourage patrons from purchasing tickets through outside vendors. Tickets bought from scalpers, brokers or by other third-party means may be counterfeit or inadmissible, and they are often grossly overpriced. These purchases do not benefit the performers, producers or The 5th Avenue Theatre. Purchasing directly from the 5th Avenue Theatre is your best bet for best seats and best available prices.
Cameras & Recorders
The use of cameras and video or audio recording equipment is strictly prohibited. You may leave these items at the Coat Check.
Smoking is not allowed in any part of the theater nor within 25 feet of the theater entrance.
No firearms of any kind are allowed in any part of the theater.
Ask an Usher
If you experience any discomfort during a performance, an usher or the House Manager will be glad to assist you.
Based on the much-loved holiday movie, A Christmas Story is suitable for most theatergoers and should be enjoyed by families attending with young children. Concerned parents should examine the guidelines below.
Ralphie’s father, “the old man,” frequently uses profanity, but it is represented onstage as nonsense words (example: “The fumulgatin’, faarfignugin furnace has gone out!”). Likewise when a forbidden word inadvertently escapes Ralphie’s lips, the word heard onstage is “fudge,” although the narrator informs us, “Only I didn’t say ‘fudge,’ I said the word. The big one. The Queen Mother of dirty words.”
Additional adult language is very mild: for instance, a whispered “Jesus!” and a couple of “for Christ’s sakes.” At one point a very frustrated Ralphie exclaims, “Son of a bitch!” Another kid addresses Ralphie with the words, “Listen, smartass.” One kid reports, “Ralphie beat the crap out of Scut Farkus.”
The lead character yearns to receive “an official Red Ryder Range Model Carbine Action Air Rifle” for Christmas, despite being told by virtually every adult that “you’ll shoot your eye out, kid.” Ralphie indulges in fantasies in which he conquers villains and crooks with the help of his longed-for BB gun.
Ralphie tells his mother that he learned the “fudge” word from his friend Schwartz; we see Ralphie’s mother inform Schwartz’s mother over the telephone and we hear Mrs. Schwartz whacking her son as he screams.
Bullies chase Ralphie and his friends; they attack one boy and twist his arm until he cries, “Uncle!” Later Ralphie has had enough of this and attacks the chief bully (while swearing in gibberish words), unable to stop until his mother pulls him away.
Ralphie accidentally shoots himself with his new rifle; the injury is minor.
The department store Santa has a flask and mentions getting a drink when his work hours are over. Ralphie’s father sips wine on Christmas morning.
A Christmas Story is home for the holidays, and so are some of Seattle's favorite talents!
Click Here to learn more about Brandon Ivie returning to The 5th from Broadway to direct A Christmas Story.
Click Here to read about real life husband and wife duo Dane Stokinger and Jessica Skerritt taking the stage together this holiday season.
Click Here to see what was popular in the 1940s in "Life in Ralphie's America."
Click Here for more on the man who invented talk radio, Jean Shepherd.
A Christmas Story Cast (click to read their bio):
Artistic Director of ACT Theatre, has worked for nearly 40 years throughout the country as an actor, playwright, and director. Favorite roles include Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (ACT), Jack Tanner in Man and Superman , Vladimir in Waiting for Godot (Intiman), Malvolio in Twelfth Night (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Macheath in Three Penny Opera (Indiana Rep), Lear in King Lear at Seattle Shakespeare Company, and Subtle in The Alchemist (the Empty Space). His ACT directing credits include Grey Gardens, Ramayana, Becky’s New Car, Moon for the Misbegotten, and Double Indemnity. This is his 5th Avenue debut!
is thrilled to be spending the holidays at The 5th! Previous 5th Avenue credits include Spamalot, Pirates of Penzance, Damn Yankees, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Candide, and Guys and Dolls. Stokinger toured nationally and internationally with productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Miss Saigon and regionally with East LA Classic Theatre, Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company and The Ordway. Locally Stokinger has also been fortunate enough to perform with Village Theatre and Seattle Children Theatre. All my love to Jess. And a special thanks to Bill, David, Ian and everyone at the 5th. This is one of the best Christmas gifts ever.
is overjoyed to be spending the holidays at The 5th! Previous 5th Avenue credits: ELF - The Musical (Deb), Hairspray - In Concert (Amber Von Tussle) and Guys and Dolls. Skerritt has also appeared in The 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT's co-productions of Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey) and Grey Gardens (Young Little Edie). Additional credits: Xanadu (Kira/Clio) with Village Theatre and Arizona Theatre Company; The Producers (Ulla), Barefoot in the Park (Corie), and Million Dollar Quartet (Dyanne) with Village Theatre; An Evening of One Acts with ACT. Endless gratitude to everyone at The 5th. Much love to her favorite leading man, Dane. This one's for her Mother. Happy holidays!
Mark Jeffrey James Weber
Mark Jeffrey James Weber
Returning to The 5th after his 2013 debut as Oliver, Jeffrey's thrilled and honored to be entertaining you again! ACS is an all-time Weber-family-favorite! The King's Schools' 8th-grader keeps busy singing jazz/pop around town, writing songs/scripts, and studying. Thanks: GretaMatassa.com TheArtsManifest.com, Mom (Karen), the Old Man (Mark), Mackenzie, Allie, and The Man Upstairs! Let them eat FUDGE!
happily returns to The 5th Avenue after an 8-year hiatus from the stage. Prior to that she appeared regularly at Seattle Repertory Theatre (Living Out, Boy Gets Girl, Wit), ACT Theatre (Absurd Person Singular, Mourning Becomes Electra, The Odd Couple), Intiman (Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Private Lives, The Taming of the Shrew), and SCT (Junie B. Jones, Peter and the Wolf). This one’s for Rob, her patient, loving husband and biggest fan.
Sarah Rose Davis
Quinn Maxwell Liebling
National Tour: Camelot (Lancelot); 5th: Damn Yankees (Smokey), Pirates of Penzance, Second Hand Lions, Oliver; Village: Show Boat (Steve); Fiddler (Lazar); Regional: Les Miserables (Valjean), Urinetown (Bobby), Cabaret (Cliff). Thanks Family, Matt #1 SHMILY www.matthewposneractor.yolasite.com
2014 Partnership with Treehouse
Make a child’s holiday brighter!
The 5th Avenue Theatre is partnering with Treehouse again this holiday season to collect pajamas for King County foster children. Donate new or gently used pajamas (or any other warm clothes!) to the bins in the theatre lobby when you attend the show.
Patrons who donate may receive a coupon for a 25% discount on select performances for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel at the Box Office.
To learn more visit www.treehouseforkids.org