Sierra Madre Playhouse Celebrates the Return of A Christmas Story with A Series of Public Events in November and December

Published : Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 3:08 PM

By November, most people begin to think of holiday cards, make up lists of holiday presents intended to be purchased, and schedule holiday outings on the calendar. Mark your calendars for some pre-holiday fun as Sierra Madre Playhouse anticipates the return of its critically acclaimed holiday show A Christmas Story (which will open November 23) with a series of 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:

Ugly Lamp Contest Kick-Off and All Things A Christmas Story Party
Date: Friday, November 9, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm
Free: Open to the public
Place: Vroman’s Hastings Ranch Bookstore, 3729 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107 Please note – NOT at the Pasadena Vroman’s store on Colorado Boulevard

Meet cast members from the heartwarming story of Ralphie and the Parker family. The Old Man wins a very special prize in a contest. Ralphie is pursued by a girl in his class. Ralphie is pursued by the class bully. And, most famously, Ralphie sets off on a campaign to acquire his most-desired Christmas present, a Red Ryder BB air rifle, only to be warned repeatedly, “You’ll put your eye out.”

Join Sierra Madre Playhouse as participants listens to a few snippets of radio programs from the originator of the Parker family stories, Jean Shepherd, see some ugly lamp entries from last year’s contest, ”Ooh” and” Ahh” at new entries brought in to the store for this year’s contest, and watch a parade of “Ugly Lamp shades”. Light refreshments will be served.

Bonus: Those attending the Ugly Lamp Kick-Off 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 24th and December 29thth but must be redeemed by November 16thth.

Ugly Lamp Contest (the sequel) or Year 2
To Enter a Lamp: Read the complete instructions/ rules on the Sierra Madre Playhouse website ( and fill out an entry form.
Dates: Drop Off the lamps and entry forms
Three options-

1. At the Kick-Off Party at Vroman’s Book store in Hastings Ranch, 3729 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena
Friday, November 9th : from 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Appointments to collect lamp entries at the Sierra Madre Playhouse

2. Thursday, November 15th Time: 12:30 – 6:00 pm 3. Saturday, November 18th Time: 10 am to 2:00 pm
On-line voting for favorite Ugly Lamps in two categories – “Made” and “Found” on the Sierra Madre Playhouse website and through its Facebook page on Sunday, November 19th noon through Friday, November 30th midnight. Audience voting in the lobby from dress rehearsal week through Friday November 30th performance, including onsite general public voting in the lobby from noon ‘til 4 p.m. during the Sierra Madre Winter Wonderland event.

Announcement of the winners

Saturday, December 1st at 2:30 pm right before the matinee of A Christmas Story
Prizes: Given out in two categories – “Made” and “Found”
Grand Prize – 4 tickets to A Christmas Story at The Sierra Madre Playhouse
Second Prize – 2 tickets to A Christmas Story at the Sierra Madre Playhouse
Third prize – A Christmas Story Christmas ornament

The “Old Man”, Ralphie’s dad in A Christmas Story, wins a prize in a radio quiz and it turns out to be a huge “Leg Lamp”. He loves it – but Ralphie’s mom – not so much. In honor of this plot point there have been Ugly Lamp contests in Indiana, Kansas and around the country. Sierra Madre Playhouse brought it to our town last holiday season and this year we are bringing it back for year two. Do you have a lamp so ugly it might win? We hope you will share it with our community and perhaps win bragging rights and some nifty prizes.

Hand-Made Holiday Cards Workshop with Karen Bagnard
Date: Thursday, November 15th
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Fee: $20.00 for workshop and materials
Place: Craft – Sierra Madre, 49 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre
Karen Bagnard, “Queen of Arts” in our Deck of Cards exhibit for The Gin Game comes back to Sierra Madre Playhouse to lead a workshop on handmade cards at the new store in town, Craft, just down the street from the Playhouse. Using handmade and specialty papers from all over the world, make fabulous cards for the holidays. All materials are provided and you can make as many cards as you like in the time provided. A portion of the class fee will be contributed to support the ongoing activities of Sierra Madre Playhouse, a non-profit organization..

Oh Fudge!
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Time: 12:30 – 1:00 pm
Place: Under the marquee of the Sierra Madre Playhouse
“Oh Fudge” shout out: 12:30 pm
Awards: 12:45 pm
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.

Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. This is just east of Pasadena. There is ample free parking behind the Playhouse.

Sierra Madre Playhouse’s returning holiday show:

A Christmas Story. 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. Assistant Director: Kelsey O’Keeffe. Produced for Sierra Madre Playhouse by Owen Lewis 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. November 17- December 31, 2017. Admission: $45 general; $40 seniors (65+); $25 youth (to age 21). Contact venue for show times. Reservations: (626) 355-4318. Online ticketing:




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