A Christmas Story

By Philip Grecian Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story Written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, and Bob Clark

IT'S BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! One of the best-attended plays in Barter’s 80-year history is back on stage this Christmas. All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a genuine Red Ryder BB gun, but all of the adults in his life say “You’ll shoot your eye out!” This well-loved Christmas movie tradition comes to life on Barter’s stage, featuring all your favorite scenes: the school bully, the bunny suit, the triple-dog-dare tongue on the flagpole and the iconic leg lamp. Don’t miss this laugh-filled Christmas comedy—perfect for the whole family!

Ticket Packages

A Christmas Story Family Package Buy two full-priced adult tickets and get an unlimited number of youth tickets (5-17) for $12 each! Not available online, call 276.628.3991 or visit the box office in person.


Opens Nov 22




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A Christmas Story


Cast & Credits


Adult Ralph: Nicholas Piper
Young Ralphie: Justin Tyler Lewis
Mother: Tricia Matthews
The Old Man/Santa Claus: Nick Koesters
Randy: Abbey C. Elliott
Miss Shields: Mary Lucy Bivins
Flick/Desperado: Zacchaeus Kimbrell
Schwartz/Desperado: Parris Cromer
Esther Jane Alberry: Holly Williams
Helen Weathers: Wendy Piper
Scut Farkas/Black Bart: Sean Campos


Director: Richard Rose
Set Design: Derek Smith
Costume Design: Amanda Aldridge
Lighting Design: Andrew Morehouse
Sound Design: Miles Polaski
Stage Manager: Cindi A. Raebel
Rehearsal ASM: Beth Crock

Corporate Sponsors:

Eastman Credit Union and Abingdon Roofing

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A Christmas Story

Director's Notes

It was one of the highest attended shows in Barter’s 80-year history, and we are thrilled to be brining the smash hit “A Christmas Story” back for the 2013 Christmas season.

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—Richard Rose


Featured Review:

The real story, however, and the one that really touches us is the warmth and love in Ralphie’s family. Set in middle-America Indiana and nearly two years before the United States officially entered World War II, this is a piece that invokes romantic nostalgia for an America into which most of us hadn’t even been born, a time of “traditional” families with Father, a stay-at-home Mom and two or three children; a small town in which a kid’s greatest danger was getting beaten up by the neighborhood bully; where buying the Christmas turkey was a big deal; and small department stores still existed.

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—Robert McKinney/Bristol Herald Courier

Featured Review:

Director Richard Rose has utilized a wonderful cast of Barter stalwarts, featuring Nicholas Piper as the adult Ralph and justin Tyler Lewis as his young alter-ego. Tricia Matthews is quite splendid as their mother, as is Nick Koesters as their Old Man, both completely realized stage characters, inhabiting the moment without any dependence on the film. Other members of the cast play multiple roles—e.g., Mary Lucy Bivins portrays both Miss Shields, Ralph’s school teacher, and the heartless department store elf.

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—Gary Aday/Washington County News

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