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A Christmas Story Stage Play at Sierra Madre Playhouse Starts Tonight

A Christmas Story Stage play is running November 17th through December 31st.  Get your tickets today at Sierra Madre Playhouse website:


Kevin Ying(l.), Jackson Kendall, Griffin Sanford (Photo John Dlugolecki)

Experience the heartwarming story of Ralphie and his Midwestern family at Christmastime. The Parker family gets its Christmas tree. Ralphie’s dad, The Old Man, wins a very special prize in a contest.

Kevin Ying (l.), Richard Van Slyke, Andrea Stradling, Griffin Sanford (Photo John Dlugolecki)

Ralphie is pursued by a girl in his class.

Ralphie is pursued by the class bully. And, most famously, Ralphie sets off on a campaign to acquire his most-desired Christmas present, a Red Ryder BB air rifle, only to be warned repeatedly, “You’ll put your eye out, kid.”

Sierra Madre Playhouse
87 West Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Sierra Madre Playhouse, located in the charming foothill village of Sierra Madre, California, located just east of Pasadena and less than 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Sierra Madre boasts a selection of restaurants, cafés to enjoy before or after the show.

There is ample street parking, and a free parking lot on the North side of (behind) the theatre.
The lot used for parking closes at midnight. Please be sure to move your vehicle if you plan on staying in the area after that time.

Special lobby exhibits suggested by A Christmas Story will be curated by Diane Siegel

The Hollywood Times was in the audience for this past Saturday night’s performance.  Get you tickets today because this play is worth the price of admission. It is full of laughter, wonderful acting, that brings the famous characters to life, right in front of your eyes.  The play is well-written, the stage makes you feel like you are right in the living room, kitchen and Ralphie’s bedroom.  The famous rifle, a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and “this thing which tells time” just can’t be said enough.  I can’t wait to see it again.


Richard Van Slyke, Andrea Stradling (Photo John Dlugolecki)


Griffin Sanford (Photo John Dlugolecki)

Oh Fudge! Shout Out!

Saturday, December 2, 1 p.m.

Under the marquee of the Sierra Madre Playhouse – Ralphie messes up big time in A Christmas Story when he is trying to help his dad. He utters a wail of – let’s say “Oh Fudge!”

You’re invited to take a turn at this iconic oath and 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.  FREE! All ages. Awards at 1:30 p.m.



Andrea Stradling (l.), Kevin Ying, Richard Van Slyke, Griffin Sanford (Photo John Dlugolecki)

Written by Philip Grecian

Directed by Sierra Madre Playhouse Artistic Director Christian Lebano

Adapted by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Rob Clark

Adapted from the novel by Jean Shepherd, “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash”

Set Design: Charles Erven
Costume Design: Shon LeBlanc
Lighting Design: Derek Jones
Sound Design: Christopher Moscatiello
Fight Director: Ken Merckx


About 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. 

About The Sierra Madre Playhouse

Our mission – The Sierra Madre Playhouse is a nonprofit, award-winning 99-seat theater dedicated to illuminating the American experience through high-quality productions by acclaimed and emerging playwrights. With century-old ties to our community, we are committed to engaging diverse local and regional audiences and inspiring the next generation of artists and theater lovers.

Artistic Director: Christian Lebano
Managing Director: Estelle Campbell

Sierra Madre Playhouse

Board of Directors
Joan Riback, President
David Gordon, Secretary
Louise Calaway, Treasurer
Anne Scott-Putney
Vanessa Silberman, Marketing Chair
Christian Lebano
Estelle Campbell

The Sierra Madre Playhouse has evolved from a theatrical heritage that stretches back to the days when Sierra Madre was just a tiny village. Residents presented dramas and musicals as early as the 1880s in their homes, in the Town Hall, and in the Woman’s Club.


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