All the stockings are hung, the tree’s lit, and the cookies are baking. Everyone seems to be getting ready for the holiday season even if it’s too early for Christmas music. The Flowertown Players are in the Christmas mood as they are preparing the classic tale, A Christmas Story for audiences this December. I recently sat down with the cast of A Christmas Story to get a behind-the-scenes look at this family classic.
From watching A Christmas Story on repeat, to getting new pajamas on Christmas Eve, and finding glass pickles in the tree, they all had fun and unique Christmas traditions to celebrate with their family each year, “There is a cheese ball that we have been making in my family for years. It’s always like, ‘Man you’re such a cheese ball’ when we bring it out,” laughed Director Elissa Horrell. Drama teacher by day at Stratford High School, Horrell is well versed in directing actors of all ages. And from all accounts this group loves the rehearsal process. When asked what his favorite part of the rehearsal process was so far, 8-year-old Liam Hjerling replied, “definitely getting to know all the people.” The room soon filled with “Awwws” over Liam’s sweet answer.
This cast is nothing short of caring and is dedicated to bringing audiences a little holiday magic. They’ve learned from all the classic Christmas tales like, A Muppet Christmas, Home Alone 2, Doctor Who, Elf, and of course, It’s a Wonderful Life. With all of their research done, I was curious to know how this show would defer from the TNT 24 hour loop. “All the people from the movie look totally different,” yelled 8-year-old, Liam. Well, I couldn’t fault him, he wasn’t wrong, but what else made the play so different from the movie? “We also get the chance to see Ralph, as an adult, and truly live his experiences,” chimed in Horrell and “this one is a little more family friendly,” said 15-year-old Brayden Harbert.
A Christmas Story delights audiences with 9-year-old Ralphie Parker’s quest to secure the genuine Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. “You’ll shoot your eye out” becomes a consistent chant from Ralphie’s parents; but Ralphie is determined. Filled with elements from the beloved film like temperamental furnaces, a leg lamp, tongues and cold lampposts, A Christmas Story is sure to ring in Christmas with a smile. "If our audiences can leave with a smile, and a fond memory of Christmas past, we will be pleased. I truly hope to bring joy and laughter to our audience, and start the Christmas season off right," says Horrell. Don't miss your chance to see this holiday favorite live on stage. Tickets are on sale now at www.flowertownplayers.org or over the phone at 843-875-9251.