For me, it’s not Christmas day unless the house is bustling with people and the TV channel is set to the “A Christmas Story” marathon – for added background noise. So, if your holiday seems very similar to mine, you will want to take time out (just as I will) for “A Christmas Story,” presented live by The Gateway at Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, Dec. 20-27.
There’s nothing quite like getting to see a live version of this tale about young Ralphie who only wants one thing for Christmas: “An Official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle.” Playing out before you are the iconic scenes, like Ralphie in the pink bunny suit his Aunt Clara sent; his parents’ – the Parkers – feud over the Leg Lamp; Ralphie’s friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; and Santa bellowing, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”
All of the film’s classic scenes will be presented with live music, from ballads to full-ensemble numbers. Tunes like “Ralphie to the Rescue,” “Sticky Situation” and “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana” are sure to have you singing along. Of course, there’s also a song “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!”
If you can’t get that line out of your head, then this tale will have done what it has set out to do – entertain in the merriest and brightest way!