‘A Christmas Story, The Musical!’ comes to the Capital Repertory Theatre
By Tendrina Alexandre
December 8, 2015
The Capital Repertory Theatre is hosting “A Christmas Story: The Musical” which will be showing until Dec. 27. It opened to a packed theater on Tuesday, Dec. 1 after a weekend of previews.
The show, based off the 1983 classic film, “A Christmas Story,” takes place in the 1940s and follows the life of Ralphie Parker (played by Jake Goodman), a 9-year-old boy from Indiana. Ralphie is on a quest to obtain the most epic Christmas gift: an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.
Narrated by an older Ralphie (Kilty Reidy), the audience is taken on an exciting journey through the boy’s life and vivid imagination. The story is colored with a series of dance numbers, hilarious lines and an overall perfect portrayal of the holiday season in the ’40s. Ralphie’s story entices memories of one’s own childhood, and his desperate attempts to receive his only Christmas wish is beyond relatable.
Spoiler alert: this cast is a force to be reckoned with. They are fun, witty, character-conscious and filled with an unique energy. Ralphie’s mother, played by Julia Burrows, pulls at heartstrings in the most warming way. Her relationship with her father, Gary Lindemann, turns the theater into a love-driven home filled with lessons and happiness. Let’s not forget about Kara Mikula who plays Ms. Shields, Ralphie’s teacher. Her endless energy and serious spunk were a large percentage of the humor provided throughout the show.
The kids in the show were phenomenal. Ranging from eight to 15 years of age, these Capital Region talents brought a spirited vibe to the play. Their impressively crisp voices and tapping toes left the audience in awe. The show belonged to them, and they are certainly a new and exciting light that all in the city should be a part of.
The play is a proper message about the importance of family and love. Ralphie’s crazy experiences speak to the child in all of us. As we watch his attempts to “stay good” before Christmas, while subtly reminding his parents of his only wish, we begin to share his same hope.