Box Office – A Christmas Story, The Musical

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.”
—Broadwayworld.com

“A Christmas Story is yet another reason to make The 5th Avenue Theatre part of your holiday traditions.” —Seattle’s Child

 

BOOK BY JOSEPH ROBINETTE

MUSIC AND LYRICS BY BENJ PASEK AND JUSTIN PAUL

A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL IS BASED UPON THE MOTION PICTURE

A CHRISTMAS STORY© 1983 TURNER ENTERTAINMENT CO., DISTRIBUTED BY WARNER BROS.,WRITTEN BY JEAN SHEPHERD, LEIGH BROWN AND BOB CLARK, AND

"IN GOD WE TRUST, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH" WRITTEN BY JEAN SHEPHERD

 

A Christmas Story, The Musical will run approximately 2 hours 30 minutes, including intermission.

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 info@5thavenue.org.

Run Time

A Christmas Story, The Musical runs approximatley 2 hours, 30 minutes including intermission.

Arrival Time

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.

Late Seating

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.

Weather

All performances will take place as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.

Children

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.

Some shows deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. For information on whether a particular show is suitable for your child, please see the Parental Guidelines included for each show.

Emergency Contact

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
Your seat location: aisle, section, row, and seat number

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.

You may also donate your tickets back to the non-profit  5th Avenue Theatre and receive a donation receipt for your income taxes. Please call 206.625.1900 prior to your performance  to arrange a ticket donation.

Lost Tickets

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.

Third-Party Tickets

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 Policy

Smoking is not allowed in any part of the theater nor within 25 feet of the theater entrance.

Firearms Policy

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.

Rating: PG

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.

Adult Language

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.”

Sexual References

None.

Violence

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.

Drugs/Alcohol

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):

Kurt Beattie

Kurt Beattie
Jean Shepherd

Kurt Beattie

Kurt Beattie
(Jean Shepherd)

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!

Dane Stokinger

Dane Stokinger
The Old Man

Dane Stokinger

Dane Stokinger
(The Old Man)

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. 

Jessica Skerritt

Jessica Skerritt
Mother

Jessica Skerritt

Jessica Skerritt
(Mother)

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
Ralphie

Mark Jeffrey James Weber

Mark Jeffrey James Weber
(Ralphie)

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!

Brandon Oke

Brandon Oke
Randy

Brandon Oke

Brandon Oke
(Randy)

is thrilled to debut at The 5th!  A fourth grader from Everett, he has been seen in Peter Pan with Lyric Light Opera, A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim) at Seattle Musical Theater, Willy Wonka Jr. (Augustus), Seussical and more.  Love to Mom, Dad, Lauren, Kylie, and my puppy Coby!

Liz McCarthy

Liz McCarthy
Miss Shields

Liz McCarthy

Liz McCarthy
(Miss Shields)

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.

Noah Barr

Noah Barr
Ensemble, Ralphie Understudy

Noah Barr

Noah Barr
(Ensemble, Ralphie Understudy)

Age 13. Previously at The 5th: ELF (Michael Hobbs), Joseph..., A Christmas Story workshop in June 2010. Thanks to his voice coach Kim Maguire, the teachers at Studio East in Kirkland, and siblings Zachary, Madeline and Keenan!

Callan Barth

Callan Barth
Ensemble, Randy Understudy

Callan Barth

Callan Barth
(Ensemble, Randy Understudy)

is 10 years old and thrilled beyond the moon to be cast in his 2nd show at The 5th Avenue Theatre following his debut in Oliver! Love to Alexa and Nick and family!

Mikaela Bautista

Mikaela Bautista
Ensemble

Mikaela Bautista

Mikaela Bautista
(Ensemble)

Age 10, attends Lakeside School. Interests include tap, soccer, reading, public speaking, and volunteering. Bautista dedicates her performances to Grandpa. Special thanks to all her teachers for making her debut with The 5th Avenue possible!

Caden Brauch

Caden Brauch
Scut Farkus, Ensemble

Caden Brauch

Caden Brauch
(Scut Farkus, Ensemble)

is excited to spend another winter at The 5th Avenue after Oliver! He is also involved with Village Theatre KIDSTAGE shows and Institute. Thanks to Mom, Dad and Kennedy for all their support!​

Eliana Coe

Eliana Coe
Ensemble

Eliana Coe

Eliana Coe
(Ensemble)

is so excited to return to The 5th after appearing in last year's, Oliver! Up next, Wizard of Oz at Village KIDSTAGE. Shout out to The 5th friends and family! Don't shoot your eye out! Merry Xmas!

Taryn Darr

Taryn Darr
Ensemble

Taryn Darr

Taryn Darr
(Ensemble)

Happy Holidays! Most recently seen onstage shakin' her T&A as Val in A Chorus Line. 5th favorites: White Christmas (Judy Haynes), Spamalot, ELF. Village Theatre: Chicago (Roxie Hart, 2013 Gregory Award Nominee). www.taryndarr.com

Sarah Rose Davis

Sarah Rose Davis
Ensemble

Sarah Rose Davis

Sarah Rose Davis
(Ensemble)

recently starred as Fanny Brice in Village Theatre's production of Funny Girl. At The 5th: A Chorus Line (Maggie), Rent, Spamalot, ELF, and many more! NAMT: Beautiful Poison (NYC). Thanks to Mom, Dad, Calvin.

Stephen Diaz

Stephen Diaz
Ensemble

Stephen Diaz

Stephen Diaz
(Ensemble)

Broadway: West Side Story (dir. Arthur Laruents), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (dir. Linda Haberman). Regional: A Chorus Line (5th Avenue), Aladdin a Musical Spectacular (Disney’s Hyperion Theatre). Thanks Polaris Dance Theatre and CcurtisPAC. For You, Always. 

Kelsie Engen

Kelsie Engen
Girl Swing, Ensemble

Kelsie Engen

Kelsie Engen
(Girl Swing, Ensemble)

is ecstatic to be making her 5th Avenue debut this Christmas season! Favorite roles include Wendy (Peter Pan), Oliver (Oliver!) and Flounder (Little Mermaid Jr.). Thanks to Mom, Dad, Trevor and special thanks to Lori Gilbert!

Allen Fitzpatrick

Allen Fitzpatrick
Santa Claus, Ensemble

Allen Fitzpatrick

Allen Fitzpatrick
(Santa Claus, Ensemble)

Ten Broadway shows. Twelve Off-Broadway shows. Twenty 5th Avenue shows. 230 regional theater productions. Scores of TV & film appearances, commercials & corporate videos.  2014 Gregory nominee for "Arthur" in Spamalot.

Jasmine Harrick

Jasmine Harrick
Ensemble

Jasmine Harrick

Jasmine Harrick
(Ensemble)

11, is elated to return to The 5th after Oliver! and The Music Man (Gracie Shinn). Recent: Annie (Annie) at Kitsap Forest Theater and Shrek (Young Fiona) at Edmonds Heights. Love and gratitude to her parents and sister, Eliana.

Kristoffer Holtan

Kristoffer Holtan
Grover Dill, Ensemble

Kristoffer Holtan

Kristoffer Holtan
(Grover Dill, Ensemble)

is thrilled to be making his 5th Avenue debut.  He has performed with Village Theatre KIDSTAGE in Tarzan and is passionate about acting, baseball, and creative writing.  Thanks to M&D for encouraging me!

Charlie Johnson

Charlie Johnson
Ensemble

Charlie Johnson

Charlie Johnson
(Ensemble)

is elated to be spending the holidays here at The 5th Avenue! Regional:  Paper Mill Playhouse, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, North Carolina Theatre, and Flat Rock Playhouse. BFA: Elon University. Thank you for supporting live theater! @charlie_rae_jepsen

Bryan Kinder

Bryan Kinder
Flick, Ensemble

Bryan Kinder

Bryan Kinder
(Flick, Ensemble)

is thrilled to be back at The 5th. He was a Fagin's gang member in last year's Oliver! Peter Pan (Michael) Applause Players. Sideway Stories (Paul) SCT. Soloist with Alex Boye at Benaroya Hall.

Quinn Maxwell Liebling

Quinn Maxwell Liebling
Boy Swing, Ensemble

Quinn Maxwell Liebling

Quinn Maxwell Liebling
(Boy Swing, Ensemble)

is a sixth grader at Sakai Intermediate School on Bainbridge Island.  He is thrilled to be performing in his first 5th Avenue Theatre production!  His favorite activities are theater, dance, oboe and cross country.

Liam Loughridge

Liam Loughridge
Schwartz, Ensemble

Liam Loughridge

Liam Loughridge
(Schwartz, Ensemble)

5th Avenue Debut! 6th grade at Visitation Catholic STEM Academy in Tacoma. A big thanks to everyone at Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s Education Program.  Thanks to family and friends for all their constant love and support.

Ulyber Mangune

Ulyber Mangune
Ensemble

Ulyber Mangune

Ulyber Mangune
(Ensemble)

Trained by Sheri Lewis at Westlake Dance Center, Marianni Groves through Core Theatrics, and Benjamin Bentler's Bentler Music Studios, "UJ" would like to thank them, his parents, and The 5th Avenue Theatre for this opportunity! 

McKayla Marso

McKayla Marso
Ensemble

McKayla Marso

McKayla Marso
(Ensemble)

Tours: Monty Python’s Spamalot (Ensemble/us Lady of the Lake), The Wizard of Oz (Ensemble/us Glinda). Regional: A Chorus Line (Judy), Chicago (Velma), Cabaret (Kit Kat Girl). Love to mom, dad, Nick and Liz. 

Tara Mehra

Tara Mehra
Ensemble

Tara Mehra

Tara Mehra
(Ensemble)

is ecstatic to be in her first 5th Ave musical! An 8th grader at Forest Ridge, she has performed in many school musicals and most recently in Tarzan at Village Theatre. Love to all my family.

Trina Mills

Trina Mills
Ensemble

Trina Mills

Trina Mills
(Ensemble)

From Seattle, Mills earned her BA in acting from WWU. 5th Avenue: West Side Story (Velma), Mame, Joseph..., White Christmas, Guys and Dolls, Cinderella, RENT, ELF, Oliver!, Spamalot, A Chorus Line (Sheila). Love to Josh! 

Priya Niehaus

Priya Niehaus
Ensemble

Priya Niehaus

Priya Niehaus
(Ensemble)

12, from Bainbridge Island, aspires to live in NYC and perform on Broadway. Past credits: Annie, Carnival, Brigadoon, Pirates of Penzance, My Fair Lady, Les Misérables, Shrek the Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar and Singing in the Rain.

Richard Peacock

Richard Peacock
Ensemble

Richard Peacock

Richard Peacock
(Ensemble)

is ecstatic to be returning to The 5th Avenue Theatre. Previous regional theatre credits include Terpsichore in Xanadu and Richie Walters in A Chorus Line.  It has been a joy working with familiar faces, and meeting new ones.

Matthew Posner

Matthew Posner
Ensemble

Matthew Posner

Matthew Posner
(Ensemble)

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

Aaron Shanks

Aaron Shanks
Ensemble

Aaron Shanks

Aaron Shanks
(Ensemble)

marks A Christmas Story as his fourteenth show at The 5th Avenue. Other recent credits include Singin’ in the Rain for Showtunes Theatre and The Producers at Village Theatre. Proud Equity Member.

Jenny Shotwell

Jenny Shotwell
Ensemble

Jenny Shotwell

Jenny Shotwell
(Ensemble)

is happy to be back kicking her leg lamp once again! 5th Avenue: A Christmas Story (OCR), A Room with a View, Pirates of Penzance, Music Man. Love to my favorite, Dalton.

Amelia Stiles

Amelia Stiles
Ensemble

Amelia Stiles

Amelia Stiles
(Ensemble)

is 10. Her theatrical career started in 2013 at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse in WA. A big thank you to Brynn, Steve, Lexi, John and everyone at TMP. Amelia is ready to shine at The 5th.

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