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A Christmas Story harkens back to simpler times

Randy, played by Bryce Kraker, is not very happy as he gets ready for school in the Alexandria Area Arts Association’s production of A Christmas Story, set to run December 6-15. (Contributed)

The Alexandria Area Arts Association (AAAA) presents Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story December 6-15 at the AAAA Theatre in Alexandria.

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Based on Shepherd’s memoir and the 1983 award-winning film, the story follows 9-year-old Ralphie, living in middle-class 1940s America, as he narrates his quest to get the ultimate Christmas gift: a Red Ryder BB gun.

“A Christmas Story harkens us back to a simpler time and reminds us of the importance of family,” said production director David Christman. “As Ralphie says at the close of the play, ‘It was a good Christmas because we had love, we had each other, and in the final accounting that’s what it’s all about, after all.’”

The timing of the AAAA production also celebrates the 30th anniversary of the film, which hit screens in November of 1983. In 2000, Philip Grecian adapted the film for the stage, and in November of 2012, a musical adaptation opened on Broadway.

The Jefferson Carolers will perform at 7 p.m. before the Friday, December 13 production. Preshow entertainment will be provided by local pianist Alli Prestby.

A Christmas Story will show Fridays and Saturdays, December 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees December 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for students and seniors, and $10 for kids 10 or younger. Group rates are available. Tickets may be purchased over the phone with a credit card by calling the AAAA Box Office at (320) 762-8300. Presale tickets are recommended.

A Christmas Story is produced with special permission from Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, Illinois, and is sponsored by Integrity Title of Alexandria.