- Left to right: Sydney Waldman, Raines Strader, Liam Daniels and John Henry Tennant getting into character for their roles in “A Christmas Story”.
In honor of the upcoming season, Tryon Little Theater is staging A Christmas Story, adapted for the stage by Philip Grecian from Jean Shepherd’s classic movie of the same name. Running for 2 weekends, December 4-7 and 11-14, the show will take you Hohman, Indiana around 1940, and nine-year-old Ralphie Parker whose greatest desire is to own a Red Ryder 200-Shot Carbine Action Range Model Air Rifle. The play follows Ralphie’s desperate attempts to ensure that his perfect gift is under the tree on Christmas morning.
Anna Marie Kuether directs this talented cast of adults and kids, and will re-acquaint you with Ralphie and his classmates, the leg-shaped lamp, the bunny suit, the tongue-on-a-flagpole scene, and all of Ralphie’s extravagant daydreams, as well as the classic phrase “You’ll shoot your eye out!”
The cast includes Tim Daniels as the adult Ralph, Raines Strader as Ralphie, Nancy Winker as the Mother, Harry Grymes as The Old Man, John Henry Tennant as Randy, Shelby Cash as Miss Shields the teacher, Liam Daniels as Flick, Sydney Waldman as Schwartz, Remy Fifield as Esther Jane Alberry, Ella Waldman as Helen Weathers, and Grace Strader and Caroline Bresnard as children in the classroom.
A Christmas Story is a family-friendly show and will delight people of every age. All performances will be at the Tryon Little Theater Workshop at 516 South Trade St. in Tryon. Visit www.tltinfo.org or call 828-859-2466 for more information.
When: Friday, September 26 at 6pm
Sunday, September 28 at 3pm
Where: Tryon Little Theater Workshop
What: Readings will be from the script
Who: Anna Marie Kuether, Director
Production Dates: December 4-7 and 11-14
Based on the beloved Christmas movie, A Christmas Story tells the story of Ralphie, the triple dog dare, Ho Ho Ho, The Major Award, blown fuses, the neighbor’s dogs , the Christmas turkey, bunny footie pajamas, the Red Ryder Carbine Action 220-shot Range Model air rifle…and the immortal warning, “You’ll put your eye out!”
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is off and running. Tryon Little Theater’s 2014/15 season has kicked off with performances September 11-14 and 18-21 at TLT’s Workshop Theatre on S. Trade St. in Tryon. The Tony Award winning mini musical, which is laced with adult humor, ran for more than 1,100 performances at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre from 2005 to 2008.
“The show is very well written and quite funny,” director Donna Orzano said. “We are all familiar with the annual National Spelling Bee held each spring in Washington, DC. Well this show looks in on one of the hundreds of qualifying ‘bees’ held around the country, mixing humor and song with the tension and stress of the competitors.”
Music Director, Pam McNeil explained that the show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School where six quirky adolescents compete in a bee run by three equally quirky adults. “An unusual aspect of the one act musical comedy is that four audience members are invited on stage to compete alongside the six ‘student spellers’, McNeil explained. “Although these participants will be screened before the show starts there is no script and thus the ‘improve genie’ is released from the bottle.”
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, based on a book by Rachel Sheinkin with additional material provided by Jay Reiss.