PITTSBURG — Desperados walked down the aisles through the audience and Ralphie Parker chased them away with his official Red Ryder carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.
The St. Mary’s Colgan High School fine arts program performed the play, “A Christmas Story” Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The play was based on Jean Shepherd’s comedy and the 1983 classic Christmas movie.
The play was meant to bring back memories to the crowd, Director Lola Wade said.
“The play is fun and iconic, it is one the older audience would know,” she said. “We also wanted to have a Christmas theme.
“There are so many memorable lines. People love the movie, it’s one everyone watches during Christmas time.”
In this version of the show, the younger brother from the movie is a little sister called Randi who is also the narrator.
Randi recalls when all her big brother, Ralphie Park, wanted for Christmas was a Red Ryder BB gun.
Wade said her students worked well together, which made the play come together.
She said the challenge of this play was having 31 scenes in just the first act.
SMC student Gracee Dunlavy, was more than just a narrator for the play. She was Randi as an adult, a cowboy, a tree lot owner, a delivery man and voice of the neighbor.
“It was very challenging,” she said. “I introduce the beginning and end of every scene.”
Another high school student Payton Kannarr had four costume changes between all of her characters — Miss Shields, The Wicked Witch and Santa Claus.
One of two seniors in the play, Matt Sanders, played The Old Man.
“I really enjoy my part, adding comic relief,” he said.
He caused laughter within the audience as he “cursed” up a storm while messing around with the furnace.
SMC student Megan Spiers said her part fit her well. She played the mother of Ralphie and Randi.
She said she has always seen as the “grandma friend” with butterscotch candy in her pocket.
“It fits,” she said.
SMC eighth grader Beau Wilson, played Ralphie Parker who really thinks that tinker toys do not make the best gifts. Instead, he wished for an “official Red Ryder carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time.”
“Everyone tells him he will shoot his eye out,” Wilson said.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.