By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
Think you know everything there is to know about “A Christmas Story”? Think again. The Tupelo Community Theatre production is faithful to the classic 1983 movie, but there are a few additions that bring even more laughs to the story of Ralphie Parker and his Christmas wish list.
But those famous parts of the movie are in the stage version, too.
“The Red Ryder BB gun, the leg lamp, the tire changing scene, the tongue stuck on the pole, the furnace, the Bumpus hounds – all of that is in there,” said director Bobby Geno. “Some people will come in and can quote the movie. Hopefully, those who haven’t seen it, will still be entertained.”
“A Christmas Story” – for those who have never seen the movie, which usually runs in day-long marathons during the holiday season – is the story of Ralphie, who wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Everyone tells him he can’t have one, the reason being: “You’ll shoot your eye out!”
Young Ralphie and adult Ralph are being played by a veteran and a newcomer, respectively.
“A Christmas Story” is 12-year-old Harley Nabors’ 13th play, and he’s starring as young Ralphie in the play.
“It takes a lot of studying, and I think about how people see Ralphie,” Nabors said. “He’s an outgoing character, just the way he wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.”
In the movie, adult Ralph narrates the movie but is never seen. The play version features an actual adult Ralph, played by Stan White, in his first play.
Not only does he narrate the action, but he gets the chance to play a few other minor characters.
“The way the script is built, Ralph has an on-stage presence,” he said. “Ralph also plays a cowboy, a tree lot salesman.”
His son Jake plays Flick, the boy who gets his tongue stuck to the frozen pole. Jake has had plenty of stage experience, but his dad is having fun with his first play. White is a fan of the movie, but the play version adds a new dimension.
“It’s funnier. And you think you know all the lines from the movie, but then there’s so much more,” he said. “Even if you’re a fan of the movie, you get a whole new experience.”
What: Tupelo Community Theatre presents “A
When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8-10, 2 p.m. Dec. 10
Where: The Lyric Theatre
Cost: $15/adults, $6/students
Info: (662) 844-1935