Published : Friday, October 20, 2017 | 11:45 AM
Christmas will be here before you know it, and Sierra Madre Playhouse anticipates the impending arrival of its holiday show A Christmas Story (which will open November 17) with free public events in Sierra Madre and nearby Pasadena. A Christmas Story is the tale of Ralphie Parker and his family’s most memorable Christmas, from beloved humorist Jean Shepherd.
A schedule of the free fun events follows:
Jean Shepherd Radio Listening Party and A Christmas Story Celebration
Friday, November 3, 2017 – 6:00 pm
Free: Open to the public
Vroman’s Hastings Ranch Bookstore, 3729 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena
Please note – NOT at the Pasadena Vroman’s store on Colorado Boulevard
Back in the 1960s, humorist, writer, raconteur and TV and radio personality Jean Shepherd (1921-1999) was the undisputed king of late night radio on the East Coast. His live broadcasts from the Limelight Café in Greenwich Village late on Saturday nights on WOR-AM became appointment listening for millions of fans. His stories were the origin of the movie A Christmas Story and now the stage version opening November 17th at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. Join Sierra Madre Playhouse as participants listen to snippets of holiday broadcasts from his radio shows, play silly “A Christmas Story” games, and eat and drink themed refreshments and beverages (Did someone say ugly lamp shaped cookies?).
Bonus: Those attending the Jean Shepherd Listening Party at Hastings Ranch Vroman’s will receive a certificate entitling them to purchase up to four discounted tickets at $5 off normal prices in a single purchase. This offer may be applied to any performance between November 18th and December 30th but must be redeemed by November 10th.
Sunday, December 2, 2018 -1:00 pm
Place: Under the marquee of the Sierra Madre Playhouse
“Oh Fudge” shout out: 1:00 pm; Awards: 1:30
Free Activity: all ages
Ralphie messes up big time in the play A Christmas Story when he is trying to help his dad. He utters a wail of –”Let’s say ‘Oh Fudge!’ We invite the public to take a turn at this iconic oath (behave yourself if you want the crowd’s approval, You might walk away with the prize – a plate of fudge. Otherwise – it is “soap” for you! )”. Free sample tastes of fudge for all in attendance.
Coming soon! Details to be announced: Ugly Lamp Contest
Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. This is just east of Pasadena. There is ample free parking behind the Playhouse.
A Christmas Story at Sierra Madre Playhouse:
Adapted for the stage by Philip Grecian. Based on the screenplay by Jean Shepherd, Bob Clark and Leigh Brown, and on the book “In God We Trust”, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd. Directed by Christian Lebano. Produced for Sierra Madre Playhouse by Estelle Campbell and Christian Lebano. Young Ralphie Parker and his family experience their most memorable Christmas, with Ralphie in pursuit of his dreamed-about Christmas present: a Red Ryder BB air rifle.
Performance dates are November 17- December 31, 2017. Admission: $36 general; $33 seniors (65+); $25 youth (to age 21). Contact venue for show times. For reservations contact (626) 355-4318 or visit online ticketing: www.sierramadreplayhouse.org