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"You'll shoot your eye out": Popular holiday movie A Christmas Story comes alive at DPRCA


November 4, 2019

Amy Wobbema

Members of the Parker family in DPRCA's The Christmas Story: The Musical, from left to right: Erin Greiner as Mother, Briley Carr as Randy, Kaci Weisenburger as Ralphie and Elliott Schwab as Old Man.

The Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts (DPRCA) is thrilled to present "A Christmas Story: The Musical." The show will open Saturday, Nov. 16 and run weekends through Dec. 15.

This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s, in the fictional town of Hohman, Ind., the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts- an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response of "you'll shoot your eye out," Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun.

All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie's friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many others. The delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers such as "Ralphie to the Rescue!", "A Major Award," "Sticky Situation," "Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana" and the inevitable "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!"

"A Christmas Story: The Musical" will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven't.

Show times will be Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m (with a special Thursday, Dec. 12 performance at 7:30 p.m.). Tickets range in price from $10 for kids 10 years old and under, $15 for students 11 years old and up, and $25 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at or through the DPRCA box office at (701) 947-2174.

Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts (DPRCA) is a year-round live theatre organization in New Rockford with the mission to inspire, educate and entertain its audiences, staff and artists.


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