A Christmas Story


Writers: Philip Grecian


Show Information

Based on the Play/Book/Film
A Christmas Story
Number of Acts
First Produced
Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
1938, Hohman, Indiana Ralph’s house, Warden G. Harding School
Cast Size
Ideal for
Community Theatre, Diverse Cast, Elementary School, Ensemble Cast, High School, Middle School, Mostly Male Cast, Regional Theatre, Religious Groups, Small Cast
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes child, mature adult, adult characters


A young boy named Ralphie Parker only wants one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB gun. However, he is not sure he will ever make it to Christmas, between his brother Randy and the school bully Scut Farkus. Whenever he tells someone how much he wants it, he/she tells him that he will shoot his eye out and refuses to get it for him. Even a department store Santa Claus tells him the same thing. After Ralphie gets a C+, he gets teased again by Scut. In response, Ralphie beats him very badly while cursing loudly. However, his parents do not get mad at him, and on Christmas morning, he gets the BB gun, since his father had one at that age. When he goes to try it out, the BB ricochets and knocks off his glasses, which he accidentally steps upon while looking for them. He makes up a story about an icicle, and his parents believe him. In the end, a horde of dogs come in and steal the Christmas turkey, so his family goes out for “Chinese turkey,” or duck.

Lead Characters

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