A Christmas Story

Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun (“You’ll shoot yer eye out!”) under the tree for Christmas. All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, 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; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more. The perennial Christmas favorite brought to life.

Presented by Iowa City Community Theatre at the Johnson County Fairgrounds

December 1-2 & 8-9 at 7:30pm and December 3 & 10 at 2pm


Jocko Motyko – Ralph (Narrator)

Cooper McGowan – Ralphie (Dec 1, 3, 9)

Parker McGowan – Ralphie (Dec 2, 8, 10)

Susan Fuhrmeister – Mother

Craig Jarvie – The Old Man

Vasilios Mihalopoulos – Randy

Anna Holland – Miss Shields

Avery Castro – Flick

Smith Lagneaux – Schwartz

Kira Surratt – Helen

Brooke Cavanh – Esther Jane

James Haack – Scut Farkas

Al Kittrell – Santa Claus

Mike Plate – Christmas Tree Seller/Delivery Man

Production Team

Jeffrey Allen Mead – director

Rachel Brown – stage manager/fight choreographer/sound design

Dylan Ashford – lighting design

Rich LeMay – set design

Steve Miller – set design

Stephen Polchert – props

Ken Van Egdon – hair consultant

Board Liaison: Erin Durian