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posted Friday, November 19, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 47
An inside look at A Christmas Story
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An inside look at A Christmas Story

by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN Contributing Writer

A Christmas Story:
The Musical!
5th Avenue Theatre
November 26 -
December 30


A Christmas Story (1983) is one of those films that found its way to becoming a holiday classic. Who hasn't suffered alongside Ralphie as he deals with his crazy family, the temptation of a 'double-dog-dare,' or the desires for the one true toy of the holiday season, a Red-Ryder BB gun? The movie was taken to heart so much that TNT dedicates a full 24-hour continuous viewing period of the movie each year. And now this classic has been taken one step further; it's a musical. Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre presents this new staged production, and the Seattle Gay News spoke with the musical's guest director, Eric Rosen.

Eric Andrews-Katz: Whose idea was it to mount A Christmas Story: The Musical! as a stage production?

Eric Rosen: The project came to me right when I first got to the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. I received a message from [producer and Grammy nominee] Jerry Goehring asking if we were interested in doing the premier of the musical. Being a huge fan of the original movie, I thought it was a brilliant idea. We started to talk about it and decided that we'd do it at the KC Rep. and premiered it last Christmas after a workshop in New York.

Andrews-Katz: Is it more challenging to direct a stage production of a movie that has become so beloved?

Rosen: My sort of specialization is making plays out of things that aren't supposed to be plays; adapting material into new forms and new productions. This way we [the audience] are not watching the movie on stage, we're not trying to pull off a reenactment of the movie. We're trying to accomplish a creative, fun, and imaginative production that you can only do in the theater.

Andrews-Katz: What liberties have been taken from the original movie script?

Rosen: The story is pretty succinct. The major innovation of the film is that Jean Shepherd narrates it. In our play, he is an actual character doing the narration for a 1960s radio show, retelling his youth in the '30s and '40s. We have scenes where the actors' voices are recreating sound effects (the neighbor's dogs eating the turkey) instead of showing the action. We have some clever and funny bits, with the idea of [the story] being a radio production. The stage is different with all the scenes happening as a 1960s backdrop of a 1940s story. The leg lamp event is pretty spectacular. On stage we can be really goofy with it and have a kick line of leg lamps. It was actually the first idea we had for the show. It's so absurd and yet an iconic image. It's kind of my job to get the audience to bounce along with these ideas.

Andrews-Katz: How do you deal with the challenge of working with children?

Rosen: This is my second year with the show and working with kids. They are amazing. They are disciplined and understand the magnitude of the work they are asked to do. They are very talented. They are kind of like little adults and have lots to do in the show. It's probably the biggest kid cast since Annie. I think they are pretty fantastic, but I have to watch my mouth a lot!

Andrews-Katz: Does A Christmas Story: The Musical! have a life outside the holiday season?

Rosen: We aren't planning on it. We're hoping that it will become a perennial thing that lives from the holidays through January each year. This way it will have its life for a while instead of just a run and then forgotten. A Christmas Story in July would be strange. It's about the craziness of the holidays and people relate to that instead of just the sentimentality of the season.

Eric Rosen is the guest director for the 5th Avenue Theatre's premier of A Christmas Story: The Musical! Mr. Rosen became the director for the Kansas City Repertory Theatre after 14 years with the About Face Theatre. Along with fellow performer Matt Sax, he has written two hip-hop styled musicals for the KC Rep. Theatre, Clay and Venice.

The brainchild of comedic orator Jean Shepherd, the 1983 film A Christmas Story is based on a series of short stories combined in his book In God We Trust (All Others Pay Cash). The musical is based on the previous sources. Since its 2009 premier the musical has undergone changes, employing a new composition by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul as well as a new libretto by Joseph Robinette.

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