"A Christmas Story" is a holiday tradition. After all TBS has a 24 hour "A Christmas Story" marathon on Christmas Day! Now, the Acadia Community Theater is bringing this holiday tradition to life!

Acadia Theater Cast of A Christmas Storyl Photo Matthew Hochman

Acadia Community Theater will perform “A Christmas Story” December 1st at 7PM. and December 2nd at 2PM. at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor and  then again December 7th at 7PM and December 8th at 11AM. at The Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor.

You can join Ralphie as he yearns for a Red Ryder BB gun despite the dire warnings of his parents, teacher, and even a department store Santa that he will "shoot his eye out." The Acadia Community Theater's show will have all the familiar elements of the 1983 movie version of “A Christmas Story” including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; the leg lamp; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios, and more.

Young Ralphie will be played by ACT veteran Hayden Braun, and Tucker Atwood narrates the story as adult Ralphie. Ralphie’s family includes Matt Cornish as the father, Jamie Creed as the mother, Bodie Tapley as younger brother Randy, and Molly Dillon as Ralph’s twin sister Ronnie. Ralphie’s classmates include Harlan Mahoney as Schwartz, Adam Losquadro as Flick, Cassielyn Willis as Ester Jane, and Sophia Taylor as Helen. Noah Keeley will play the taunting villain, Scut Farkas. The group is rounded out by a cast of 25 school children, Angel Hochman as their teacher, and Mark Carignan as Higbee Department Store’s Santa.

The show is directed by ACT Board Member, Doug VanGorder and produced by ACT Board Member, Heather Dillon. Seth Clarke is serving as Stage Manager, and ACT Board Member, Matt Hochman, is Technical Director and also appears in several cameo roles in the show. Jaylene Roths has returned to lead the incredible costuming team of Lori Jordan and Geneva Langley. The costumes were designed to reflect the play’s setting in the Midwest in the 1940’s.

Doug VanGorder, Director, stated, “We’ve had a terrific time rehearsing for the show and laughing at the familiar scenes.” VanGorder’s son, Kendrew, played “Ralphie” in Acadia Community Theater’s 2011 production of the play. “It’s a family-friendly play that everyone will relate to. We hope you’ll come join us in Hohman, Indiana to see if Ralphie really does shoot his eye out!”

Tickets are $10 for an adult; $8 for students, senior citizens and active military personnel and $6 for children  ages 2-12. Children under 2 are admitted for free. Tickets available by cash or check at the door or in advance with a fee via the Acadia Community Theater's website for the Neighborhood House performances or  the Criterion Theatre's website for the performances at The Criterion