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Cover Photo: “Leg Lamps” featuring Jeffrey Coon and the cast of A Christmas Story – Photo by Kinectiv
The tree in downtown Lancaster is lit. All of the local shops are decorated for the holidays. Leg lamps can be seen in every window as families head to Fulton Theatre’s presentation of A Christmas Story The Musical.
A Christmas Story The Musical is about hopes and dreams during the holiday season. Ralphie dreams of receiving the Red Ryder carbine-action BB gun from Santa. He subtly hints at his dream present. However, the response is always the same, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Throughout his quest, we experience his family and friends. At home, Ralphie’s father receives a valuable award for his efforts in the crossword puzzle competition. In the schoolyard, a kid’s tongue is stuck to a flagpole. At Higbee’s Department Store, kids hope for Santa’s attention.
The entire cast of A Christmas Story The Musical is spectacular. Everyone has moments to shine. Nathaniel Hackmann (Jean Shepherd) is a perfect narrator. His melodic voice guides you through the story. Ryan Kimbark (Ralphie Parker) gives you goosebumps the second he begins singing. Chase Jennings Gray (Randy Parker) is innocent and lovable. Lindsay O’Neil (Mother) provides an extremely heartfelt performance. I am certain every Mom can relate to her and everyone else thinks of their own Mother as they watch her care for her family. Jeffrey Coon (The Old Man/Frank Parker) surprised me with his singing. His voice is strong and captivating. The ensemble harmonizes beautifully.
To be completely honest, I am not a huge fan of the movie. However, I enjoyed every moment of Fulton Theatre’s presentation. The entire cast truly captivated me. If I had to pick a favorite part, it would be A Major Award. The leg lamp performance truly is a valuable reward.
Once again, the set impressed me as well. I particularly loved scenes that brought the audience in and out of the house. As usual, the crew moves the many pieces smoothly. It truly is something all should be proud of.
Fulton Theatre’s A Christmas Story The Musical begins as individual dreams but ends with the love and togetherness of family. If you are looking for a new holiday family tradition, I recommend attending a Fulton show. A Christmas Story The Musical is performing now through December 31st. For tickets and show information visit www.thefulton.org or call the box office at 717-397-7425.