Family Holiday Classic: A Christmas Story, The Musical

dec 6 - dec 23, 2019
Book by Joseph Robinette
Music and Lyrics by Banj Pasek & Justin Paul
Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and upon In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash written by Jean Shepherd.
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, IL.
Performance Times:
7:00 PM Thursdays & Fridays; 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays; 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM Monday, Dec. 23
School Matinees:
9:30 AM, Dec. 16-17, 2019
Run Time:
2 hours 15 minutes including a 15-minute intermission
Theatre:
Mainstage

We triple dog dare you to see this show!

Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, IN, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts: an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie’s friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many others.

A strobe light is used in this performance.

Family Theatre Age Intention: Playhouse family theatre productions are intended for ages 5 and up.

Content Advisory: The Playhouse does not rate subject matter as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have questions about content, age-appropriateness, or other aspects of the show (ie strobe lights and other theatrical effects), please contact the ticket office at 515-277-6261.

Come early and enjoy the sounds of the season in the West Lobby from these local artists. Performances begin 20-30 minutes prior to curtain times listed below.
Dec. 6, 7:00 PM performance: Trastevere Winds
Dec. 7, 1:00 PM performance: Urbandale Community Swing Band
Dec. 7, 5:00 PM performance: Fermata the Blue
Dec. 8, 1:00 PM performance: The Christmas Belles Handbell Quartet
Dec. 8, 5:00 PM performance: Nathan Thiessen
Thursday, Dec. 12, 7:00 PM performance: WFAE Singers from the DMCPH
Friday, Dec. 13, 7:00 PM performance: Pella High School
Saturday, Dec. 14, 5:00 PM performance: Corbett Reeves
Sunday, Dec. 15, 1:00 PM performance: Harp Choir
Sunday, Dec. 15, 5:00 PM performance: Molto Voce
Thursday, Dec. 19, 7:00 PM performance: Stefanie Harper, flutist
Friday, Dec. 20, 7:00 PM performance: GottaZING!
Saturday, Dec. 21, 1:00 PM performance: Michael Howland & Sierra Howland
Sunday, Dec. 22, 5:00 PM performance: John & Anne Claes
Monday, Dec. 23, 5:00 PM performance: Bailey Dorr & Bobbi Jo Dorr


The performance at 1:00 PM on Sunday, Dec. 15, will have live audio description, provided by IRIS. Please contact our ticket office at 515-277-6261 if you would like to use this free service.

 

 

 

Sponsored by:

Old Man
Brett Spahr
Jean Shepherd
Adam Beilgard
Mother
Jackie Schmillen
Miss Shields
Stephanie Schneider
Ralphie
Ryan Henzi
Randy
Shea Beilgard
Schwartz
Maddox Wajda
Flick
Davin Lyman
Farkus
Sam Nigg
Grover/Dill
Alexander Baker
Bumpus Hounds
Will Johnson
Joy Mielke
Flick's Mother
Chelsea Flynn
Other Kid (Waitress)
Addyson Hall
Other Kid (Nancy)
Dilana Sears
Santa
Greg Millar
Fantasy Villain/Delivery Man/Ensemble
Greg Kephart
Mary Beth/Can Can Girl/Ensemble
Lily Spahr
Esther Jane/Ensemble
Ashlyn Yu
Ensemble
Gabriel Ray Carnes
Levi Cooper
Madeline Davis
Mya Fisher
Grace McGill
Isabella Nielsen
Carly Penick
Lexi Thiessen
Natalie Thomas
Director
Maxwell Schaeffer
Music Director
Brenton Brown
Choreographer
Megan Helmers
Scenic Designer
Nicholas Amundson
Costume Designer
Angela Lampe
Lighting Designer
Jim Trenberth
Stage Manager
Jason Crowley
Assistant Director
Peter Dean
Assistant Music Director
Sara Kottra
Assistant Stage Manager
Pilar Burg
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Des Moines Community Playhouse Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kill Date: December 23, 2019
Subject: The Playhouse Presents the Family Holiday Classic A Christmas Story, the Musical
Contact: Lee Ann Bakros, Playhouse Public Relations Director, 515-974-5358

The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents the family holiday classic, A Christmas Story, The Musical, Dec. 6-23, 2019. Tickets may be purchased online at dmplayhouse.com, by phone at 515-277-6261, or at the Playhouse ticket office, 831 42nd St. A Christmas Story, The Musical is sponsored by Corteva Agriscience.

Set in the 1940s in Hohman, IN, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts: an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response (“You’ll shoot your eye out!”), Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie’s friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Bumpus hounds; and many others. We triple dog dare you to see this show!

The Playhouse cast includes Alexander Baker, Adam Beilgard, Shea Beilgard, Gabriel Ray Carnes, Levi Cooper, Madeline Davis, Mya Fisher, Chelsea Flynn, Addyson Hall, Ryan Henzi, Will C. Johnson, Greg Kephart, Davin Lyman, Grace McGill, Joy Mielke, Greg Millar, Isabella Nielsen, Sam Nigg, Carly Penick, Jackie Schmillen, Stephanie Schneider, Dilana Sears, Brett Spahr, Lily Spahr, Lexus Thiessen, Natalie Thomas, Maddox Wajda, and Ashlyn Yu. A Christmas Story, The Musical is directed by Maxwell Schaeffer with music direction by Brenton Brown and choreography by Megan Helmers.

The Playhouse, now in its 101st season, is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the US. Located at the 42nd Street exit of I-235, the theatre has presented a full season of shows since 1919 and also offers a wide variety of educational experiences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York, and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage.

For more information about the Playhouse and A Christmas Story, The Musical, contact the Playhouse ticket office at 515-277-6261.

A Christmas Story, The Musical Performances: December 6-23, 2019
7:00 PM Thursdays & Fridays
1:00 PM & 5:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays
1:00 PM & 5:00 PM Monday, Dec. 23

A Christmas Story, The Musical Tickets
Ticket prices start at $29
To purchase tickets:
dmplayhouse.com
515-277-6261
Des Moines Community Playhouse Ticket Office, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312

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(Left to right) Brett Spahr is The Old Man, Ryan Henzi is Ralphie, Jackie Schmillen is Mother, and Shea Beilgard is Randy in A Christmas Story, The Musical, Dec. 6-23, 2019, at the Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

(Left to right) Shea Beilgard is Randy, Brett Spahr is The Old Man, Jackie Schmillen is Mother, and Ryan Henzi is Ralphie in A Christmas Story, The Musical, Dec. 6-23, 2019, at the Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

(Left to right) Ryan Henzi is Ralphie, Jackie Schmillen is Mother, and Shea Beilgard is Randy in A Christmas Story, The Musical, Dec. 6-23, 2019, at the Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Jackie Schmillen is Mother and Shea Beilgard is Randy in A Christmas Story, The Musical, Dec. 6-23, 2019, at the Des Moines Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.