A Christmas Story


Written by: Phillip Grecian, Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, and Bob Clark
Directed by: Chelsea Collier

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!" All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial.


Ralph as an adult  – Douglas Malcolm
Ralphie Parker  – Aidan Larkin
Mother  – Karen Hughes
The Old Man  – Neil Ryan
Randy  – Heather Gillespie
Miss Shields  – Diane Pritchard
Flick  – Harlow Carolan
Schwartz  – Zoe Harms
Esther Jane Alberry – Mary Ella Blakeman
Helen Weathers  – Molly Davis
Scut Farkas – Spencer Hazen


Venue: Harold and Jean Miner Theatre

7:30 pm Performances

December 1, 2, 3, 9, 10

3 pm Performances

December 4, 11  


Rating: Family
This show is suitable for people of all ages. 

Tickets:  Adult $20  | Student/Youth/Senior/Veteran $18 | Group (10 or more) $16 |  Children 12 and under $12 |  Opening night: All tickets are half-price of an adult ticket ($10)


Toy’s for Tot’s™ Drive

Parkland Theatre will be holding a Toy’s for Tot’s™ Drive from December 1 to December 11. Boxes will be in the theatre lobby during A Christmas Story and patrons can drop off their donations either before or after the show, or during intermission.

To add to the fun, the theatre will be raffling off the chance to win the iconic Leg Lamp from A Christmas Story. Raffle Tickets will be available at the Box Office before and after the show, as well as during intermission. Tickets will be $5/ea or 5 for $20. All raffle proceeds go directly back to our theatre student fund!

All Parkland Theatre tickets must be purchased either in advance online or from the ticket booth at the time of the performance; ticket reservations will no longer be accepted. All sales are final - no refunds or exchanges. For more information, visit Tickets.

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Limited mobility seating and listening devices are available at each performance. If other assistance is required, please contact Parkland Accessibility Services (accessibilityservices@parkland.edu or 217/353-2338) at least two weeks prior to your performance date.