The stage adaptation of the picture is becoming popular as an annual tradition in regional theatres across the country. The film, based on the stories and memories of radio and TV personality Jean Shepherd, concerns little Ralphie (played by Gavin Flood), who wants one thing and one thing only for Christmas: an official Red Ryder 200-Shot Carbine Action Range Model Air Rifle. The movie is an affectionate, nostalgic look at — and a satire of — American Christmas traditions of yore. Geva's production of A Christmas Story, directed by artistic director Mark Cuddy, features Robert Krakovski (The Old Man), Lanie MacEwan (Mother), Brigitt Markusfeld (Miss Shields) and Eric Michael Gillett (adult Ralph). Local young actors Alison Banks, Eoin Dennis, Matt Kemp, Selene Klasner, Ben Lewandowski, Holden Maiorana, Sage Melcher, Michael Motkowski, John Queenan (standby Ralphie) and Andrew York complete the cast.
The design team includes Rob Koharchick (scenic designer), B. Modern (costume designer), Kirk Bookman (lighting designer) and Dan Roach (sound designer). Cuddy is assisted by Melissa Rain Anderson.
A Christmas Story plays the Geva Theatre Center mainstage, 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester, NY. For more information visit gevatheatre.org.