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Get your 'Christmas Story' fix at Barter Theatre

Contributed • Nov 29, 2013 at 12:11 PM

A trip to Barter Theatre in historic Abingdon, VA. has long been a holiday tradition for families, friends and colleagues.

This Christmas is especially exciting because it features one of Barter’s most popular shows ever. When “A Christmas Story” finished its sold-out run at Barter Theatre last December, patrons continued to call, asking if Barter would bring the show back.

Due to the amount of interest, Barter is proud to bring back the story of Ralphie and his plot to get the perfect Christmas present. Families everywhere enjoy the iconic movie every Christmas, and now Barter will bring all the comic mishaps to life. Come and experience the adventure of the leg lamp, the bunny suit and the tongue on the frozen flagpole in person.

The stage version includes a few differences from the movie, for example, in the movie, we never see adult Ralph. In the stage play, he is ever-present as the narrator of the story. He brings us back with him to that special memory of what it felt like to be a kid and want that extra special gift: “an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle with a compass and this thing which tells time built right on the stock.”

Barter is also excited to announce that Justin Tyler Lewis will reprise his role of Young Ralphie, and Nicholas Piper will return as Adult Ralphie.

Other cast members are Mary Lucy Bivins, Sean Campos, Parris Cromer, Abbey C. Elliot, Zacchaeus Kimbrell, Nick Koesters, Tricia Matthews, Wendy Piper and Holly Williams. Also playing this holiday season at Barter Theatre is the musical “Another Night Before Christmas” at Barter Stage II and the children’s show, “Twas the Night Before Christmas” at Barter main stage.

Discount ticket packages are available and include everything from lodging and dining to dessert and coffee.

For reservations and more information call 276-628-3991 or visit BarterTheatre.com. For more activities to enjoy this holiday season, go to visitabingdonvirginia.com.

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