The Kids of A Christmas Story, The Musical Share Their Favorite Holiday Memories

By Adam Hetrick
23 Dec 2013

Dan Lauria and Eli Tokash
Dan Lauria and Eli Tokash
Photo by Carol Rosegg

With Christmas just a few nights away, Playbill.com asked the young cast members from A Christmas Story, The Musical to share some of their favorite holiday traditions.

The New York City return holiday engagement of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's Tony Award-nominated stage production A Christmas Story, The Musical continues its run at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden through Dec. 29.

When they weren't on stage climbing onto Santa's lap at Higbees Department Store or escaping the clutches of Scut Farkus, the kids of A Christmas Story spoke with Playbill.com about the things that make their "nice" list each holiday season.

Alexa Niziak (plays Mary Beth)
My favorite holiday memory is opening a Christmas present every Christmas Eve. It's usually our "pjs." And we sleep in them, and we wake up on Christmas and open our presents!



Eli Tokash (plays Ralphie Parker at certain performances)
My favorite Christmas memory was watching "Christmas Vacation…" [Sings.] "Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say, the thing to say ‘Merry Christmas’ to you!"

Gabrielle Baldacchino (swing)
My dad's family is from London, and a Christmas tradition that we have every year is opening Christmas crackers. It's basically a little roll of gun powder, and everyone crosses their arms around the table and you pull, and then there's a really loud popping noise and whoever has the bigger side, there’s a little prize in it! They all come with these little paper hat things… like colorful crowns. And, almost every year we go to London to celebrate, and it's a lot of fun.

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