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A Christmas Story
a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Philip Grecian

COMPANY : Southside Theatre Guild [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Southside Theatre Guild [WEBSITE]
ID# 1126

SHOWING : December 02, 2004 - December 12, 2004

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Follow 9 year old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under his tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out.” All elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkus, the school bully; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; the fathers’ winning leg lamp; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more.


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Very Funny!
by th8rluvr
Thursday, December 9, 2004
4.0
I have been a longtime fan of this movie, so I had to see how it plays out on stage.

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. This was my first show at Southside and I was very impressed by the production value of the show. The set design was extraordinary. The lighting and sound cues seem to have been on track as well.

Not a big fan of kids in shows, these kids proved me wrong and I found them throughly entertaining.

This is a great show for the holiday season. Just as funny as the movie!
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Good to hear it!! by Parrott65
I'm glad to hear that they got the sound and lighting squared away. I had a hunch it only had to do with it being opening night for them and they were working out the bugs. It was a very funny show no doubt!!!
Good to hear it indeed by Okely Dokely
It's also good to hear/see this theatre getting more reviews. I wish I could get to see this, but I'll try my best to catch another one this season.

Oh, and Parrot: I know you left me a message last Friday. I haven't forgotten about you. I'll try and call you back today.
Very cute show
by Parrott65
Friday, December 3, 2004
3.0
I guess I should mention, up front, that those of you who have never read any of my reviews before should know that a "3" is considered "average" and should not be construed as a negative mark. On the contrary, an average rating on my part is considered something to be taken as a good thing. Now, if you ever see a "2", a "1", or even a "0", then you have something to worry about. I really hate going to an "opening night" of any show, especially if I have never seen a show there before. For obvious reasons, the opening night is usually the roughest to be performed, due in part, because they are working out the bugs. Anyhow, I decided to go see this show since it's my all-time favorite christmas story and have never seen it on stage.
The Southside Theatre Guild was a very delightful theatre to say the least. I had no idea that they were the size that they turned out to be. The theatre was very impressive, with excellent seating. Seatin is one of my most important parts about a theatre if you haven't figured it out by past reviews. The size of the stage was equally as impressive, giving the performers plenty of room to work with. When the curtain opened, I was floored at how elaborate they went with the set design. The house was constructed in a manner that immediately clued me in that STG knew EXACTLY what they were doing. I could hear the "ooooo's" and "ahhhhh's" from the audience when the lights came up on Ralphie's house. I was equally impressed with how they hid the classroom behind the fence. I had no idea it was there until they moved it, which I thought the fence was stationary. Great job on the set design STG!!!!
The lighting of the show was done adequately, yet, with occasional delays in bringing them up or too early while the set was being moved. However, as mentioned, it was adequate for the shows needs. I would've liked to have heard that there were strobe lights during the performance, so it could warn those that may be epileptic (sp?). Anyhow, it didn't appear that there were any in the audience last night, so it went without a glitch.
The sound of the show was one of the factors that made me give this show an average rating. I took into account that it was their opening night and perhaps they learned from it so it will not be a continuing problem. Ralph (the elder) kept fading in and out during the performance. This posed a problem since he was keeping the audience informed of what was going on through his offstage narration. The volume level was continuously tampered with so every time they had a special effect sound, you either leaned forward to try and hear it or fell out of your chair clutching your ears in agony. One of the elderly ladies behind me mentioned that she thought it was too loud. There is work that needs to be done in this department.
The performance, within itself, was cute and entertaining. I think that Ralphie (Dillon Roseen) was excellent in his performance, showing that he is no stranger to theatre. Randy, (Tyler Shellnut) was equally as impressive with his hilarious whining and laughter. Among the adolescents within the show, they gave a good performance overall given their ages and "green skills". The Mother (Wendy Adams) didn't really have any significant performances to give, but for some strange reason, she really stood out to me. I think it was that her acting was done in a believable manner, that made me truely see her as a mother. The Old Man (Michael Vance McCauley) was hilarious on occasion, yet didn't totally come across as the "grumpy dad" that I always picture with this show.
In closing, the production overall was well worth the ticket cost and I was very impressed with STG and what they pulled off. I think that the sound system being below average and the delay in set movements could be corrected. If they hadn't been a factor, I would've given this show a "4".

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