Christmas will be here before you know it, and the Sierra Madre Playhouse anticipates the impending arrival of its holiday show A Christmas Story (which will open Nov. 17) with free public events in Sierra Madre and Pasadena. A Christmas Story is the tale of Ralphie Parker and his family’s most memorable Christmas, from beloved humorist Jean Shepherd.
A schedule of the free fun events follows:
Jean Shepherd Radio Listening Party and A Christmas Story Celebration
Date: Friday, November 3, 2017 Time: 6:00 pm Free: Open to the public
Place: Vroman’s Hastings Ranch Bookstore, 3729 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107 Please note – NOT at the Pasadena Vroman’s store on Colorado Boulevard
Back in the 1960s, humorist, writer, raconteur and TV and radio personality Jean Shepherd (1921-1999) was the undisputed king of late night radio on the East Coast. His live broadcasts from the Limelight Café in Greenwich Village late on Saturday nights on WOR-AM became appointment listening for millions of fans. His stories were the origin of the movie A Christmas Story and now the stage version opening Nov. 17th at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. Join them to listen to snippets of holiday broadcasts from his radio shows, play silly “A Christmas Story” games, and eat and drink themed refreshments and beverages (Did someone say ugly lamp shaped cookies?).
Bonus: Those attending the Jean Shepherd Listening Party at Hastings Ranch Vroman’s will receive a certificate entitling them to purchase up to four discounted tickets at $5 off normal prices in a single purchase. This offer may be applied to any performance between Nov. 18th and Dec. 30th but must be redeemed by November 10th.
Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018 Time: 1:00 pm Place: Under the marquee of the Sierra Madre Playhouse Awards: 1:30 Free Activity: all ages
Ralphie messes up big time in the play A Christmas Story when he is trying to help his dad. He utters a wail of – let’s say “Oh Fudge!” You are invited to take a turn at this iconic oath (behave yourself if you want the crowd’s approval, You might walk away with the prize – a plate of fudge. Otherwise – it is “soap” for you! ) Free sample tastes of fudge for all in attendance.
Ugly Lamp Contest
The Sierra Madre Playhouse is holding The Ugly Lamp Contest. (An ugly lamp is a major prop in this story.) Winners of The Ugly Lamp Contest will receive tickets to A Christmas Story, or Ugly Lamp Christmas ornaments, or other fun stuff. You also get to brag which lamp is the Ugliest One of All.
Want to enter? Sierra Madre Playhouse will be accepting lamps as contest entries on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 from 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Multiple lamps can be entered on separate registration forms. Lamps can be entered in either of two categories: Found ; or Made.(i.e., decorated or constructed by the participant).
All lamps must be in safe working condition (e.g., no frayed wires). They must be handed over to a Playhouse representative. Lamps cannot simply be left on the front step.
Registration for the contest must be completed at www.sierramadreplayhouse.org by Tuesday, November 7 at 5:00 p.m.
Voting for the lamps will commence on Sunday, Nov. 12 at noon and close on Saturday, Nov. 18 at midnight, at www.sierramadreplayhouse.org and at Sierra Madre Playhouse’s Facebook events page at https://www.facebook.com/SierraMadrePlayhouse/photos/gm.1504175012995319/1579009498788989/?type=3
Live voting will also take place in the Playhouse lobby before performances on Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18.
Winners of the contest will be announced at the Playhouse on Sunday, Nov. 19 before the 2:30 matinee of A Christmas Story. Winners need not be present. Results will also be posted on the Playhouse Facebook page on Nov. 20 at 3:00 p.m.
Lamps will be released for pick up by contestants on Sunday, Nov. 19th at 5:30 pm. Arrangements for pick up to be made in advance with contest organizers at SMP.
About the upcoming show at the Sierra Madre Playhouse
A Christmas Story. Adapted for the stage by Philip Grecian. Based on the screenplay by Jean Shepherd, Bob Clark and Leigh Brown, and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd. Directed by Christian Lebano. Produced for Sierra Madre Playhouse by Estelle Campbell and Christian Lebano. Young Ralphie Parker and his family experience their most memorable Christmas, with Ralphie in pursuit of his dreamed-about Christmas present: a Red Ryder BB air rifle. Nov. 17- Dec. 31, 2017. Admission: $36 general; $33 seniors (65+); $25 youth (to age 21). Contact venue for show times. Reservations: (626) 355-4318. Online ticketing: www.sierramadreplayhouse.org
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