Murray’s Playhouse in the Park will present “A Christmas Story” in early December.

Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas.

Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scott Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoded pin; Ralphie’s father winning a leg lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more. 

The Playhouse production is directed by Joshua M. Byrne.

The show will run at 7 p.m. on two Fridays, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13, and two Saturdays, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, and at 2:30 p.m. on two Sundays, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. 

Admission is $13 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, $11 for children older than 13 and $10 for children 12 and under.

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