“A Christmas Story” brings laughs, heart

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The Rochester Broadway Theatre League is presenting “A Christmas Story: The Musical” at the Auditorium Theatre through Sunday, December 17.

Sara Zoe Budnik, who portrays Ralphie’s Mother, and Paul Nobrega, who plays Ralphie’s Old Man, discussed how the stage version compliments the iconic movie Wednesday during News 8 at Noon.

“So many people know this story, and it’s such a great movie and the moments are so iconic and it’s so fun to bring it to life with song and dance,” said Budnik. “Paul knows because he has a big Busby Berkeley number in it involving the leg lamp. It’s like taking everybody’s favorite moments of the movie and bringing them to life.”

The story follows young Ralphie’s pursuit of a Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun for Christmas. There are all of the familiar scenes from the movie, including Flick getting his tongue stuck to the flag pole, and, of course, the leg lamp. “The leg lamp’s a blast!” said Nobrega. “That leg lamp is like my thing. It’s the major award and I’m so excited to receive it. We have a huge number, as we said, about it. And the great thing is, even though you know the movie, it’s not just a retelling of the movie. You hit all of the major things. You don’t want to ignore the movie because it’s so iconic, but you add things in. There’s a lot more heart I think in the stage production. There’s a lot more about the family, and the dynamic with the family. And then, of course, it’s a lot of fun because it’s silly, and musical, and all that kind of stuff.”

Including the show’s star Ralphie, there are twelve talented children in the cast. “They’re incredible!” Budnik said. “We work with twleve kids and all of them are the most energetic, interesting individuals who bring such energy. They truly know what the spirit of Christmas is about so we just feed off of their energy every night.”

Nobrega added, “They say don’t work with kids or animals. We’re working with both! You get chased across the stage by live bloodhounds throughout the course of the show, but you know, I love the kids! The kids are great. They’re so talented. They’re such good kids. Their parents are all wonderful so it’s really been a pleasure.”

For a fun evening with the whole family, you can get your tickets at the Auditorium Theatre box office or online, click here.

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