November 21 — December 26
On the Main Stage

By Phil Grecian
Based on the motion picture written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown & Bob Clark
Directed by Rose Riordan
“Wacky and wistful, and fresh as a fir.” —San Jose Mercury News

Please note: children under 6 cannot be admitted to PCS productions.

The only thing little Ralphie Parker hopes to find under the tree is a Daisy Brand Red Ryder BB rifle. He doesn’t simply want it—he’s consumed with an aching desire for it. Looming in the way, however, are alleyway bullies, major awards, freezing flagpoles, unsympathetic authorities and a certain horrifying Macy’s Santa. Based upon the classic motion picture, this play is a holiday treat everyone can enjoy—that is, until someone shoots their eye out.

The running time for “A Christmas Story” is approx. 2 hours and 15 minutes, with one intermission.

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Playbill for A Christmas Story

Reviews and Features

Tyler Moss | Novice du Jour [Review 22 Dec 2010]

This play impressively nailed all the funniest parts of the plot, and there are a number of them, while still managing to be fresh and exciting. Everything from the pink bunny pajamas to the “Oh fffffffffuuuuuuudddddddgggggeeeee!” during the tire change had me cracking up as if the story was completely new to me. I was particularly impressed with the set—a two story house that was so detailed that it looked like an exact model of the home from the movie.

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Anne Adams | Portland Monthly [Review 07 Dec 2010]

Move over, Scrooge; you’ve been replaced—by a boy who wants a beebee gun.

This year, in a departure from its longstanding tradition, Portland Center Stage opted to swap A Christmas Carol for A Christmas Story. While the titles are similar, the two plays are worlds apart. Indulge Culturephile, if you will, in a little comparison:

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A Christmas Story art & photos View on Flickr »

Rose Riordan, Associate Artistic Director, talks about A Christmas Story. View on Vimeo »

Trailer for A Christmas Story. View on Vimeo »

An inside look at the set for A Christmas Story being built. View on Vimeo »

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Quick (CUTE) Christmas Blog

Quick (CUTE) Christmas Blog

24 December 2010 & Posted by Katie Nolen

Tracking Santa Backstage…


Backstage: The Wardrobe Crew

15 December 2010 & Posted by Katie Nolen

Last week, you read about the deck crew for A Christmas Story.  This week, we’ll peek into the World of Wardrobe. It’s pretty…. glamorous. Consider yourselves warned.


The Backstage Blog Is Born!

10 December 2010 & Posted by Katie Nolen

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at Portland Center Stage? How did the set move like that? How did that actor just appear, hanging upside down from his ankles? Where is the gosh-danged BAND? This IS a live musical, isn’t it? Where is that light coming from? Well, inquisitive patron, let’s take look… with the Backstage Blog!


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