The classic holiday film ‘A Christmas Story’ will be brought to life on the Marysville-Pilchuck High School stage as the drama club’s fall production.
The Marysville-Pilchuck/Marysville Getchell drama club will present the play on Dec. 4, 5, 6 and 7 at 7 p.m., with a matinee performance on Dec. 7 beginning at 1 p.m.
Cost is $8 for adults and $7 for students or seniors.
“This is a retelling of the classic story of the 1983 movie,” said Kris Lawler, a drama club member who plays the main character of the film.
“It’s a very fun comedy story about my character Ralphie who wants a BB gun for Christmas,” he said.
Drama club member Veronika Gardulski plays Ralphie’s mother who is worried Ralphie will ‘shoot his eye out.’
“Obviously the first time he mentions it to his family he is immediately shot by my character,” she said.
“He goes through a whole bunch of shenanigans to hopefully acquire the BB gun,” said student Everet Hayes who plays Ralphie’s father.
Many of the students had seen the classic holiday film before taking part in the play.
“You kind of want to pay homage to the actors and make sure you do your best to portray what they were trying to portray,” said Hayes.
Gardulski said she has seen the movie several times and had fun recreating the memorable moments.
“I remember watching the movie and thinking ‘wow, the movie knows a lot of trivia facts,’” she said.
The scene where Ralphie’s father receives a leg-shaped lamp in a contest which leads to a fight between the parents was also fun to present, said Gardulski.
“It is so funny to look at the lamp and actually pretend to hate it,” she said.
Others had not seen the film before being cast.
“The first time I watched it was a week before auditions,” said Lawler.
“It’s very interesting because we all have to same spirit of the original story but we can all add our tiny bits and moments to the show,” he said.
Students said the audience will enjoy the humor of the film which they hope to bring to the small stage.
“The way it is retold through the narrator is very fun to see,” said Gardulski. “It’s very comedic and there is a lot of jokes that we make.”
“I think the audience will like the comedy and funny situations,” said Hayes.
Many students said they enjoyed working on the play just because of the other actors.
“I love the cast in general, and I love theater. I want to do it professionally when I get older,” said Lawler.
“I like the other actors. They’re very friendly and they keep it fun, and they’re very supportive,” said Hayes.