As much an area tradition as presenting a holiday production is bringing community child actors to the stage for the production. In this year’s family favorite, A Christmas Story*, fourteen students from eight area schools form the two child actor casts to appear in all school matinee, regular matinee and evening performances.

Katelyn Brecht, Southern Columbia and Avery Campbell, Greenwood Friends, share the role of Scut Farkas. Araya Carr, Berwick Middle School, and Julius Zerbe, are cast as Flick. Emma Endress, Central Columbia, and Blessing Zerbe, home schooled, share the role of Esther Jane. Three students from WW Evans will appear – Ryann Francis as Randy and Shaela McCrone and Scotlyn Owens as Ralphie. Aiden Kawas as Randy and Rosalyn Turnbough as Helen are students at Bloomsburg Memorial. Kendall Marcotte, Central Columbia, as Helen, Som Long, Bloomsburg Middle School, and David Knight, Scranton School for the Deaf who share the role of Schwartz round out the child cast.

Special school matinees will be presented on November 29, December 6,7,13,14,19 and 20 and are available to all schools and homeschool groups and can be booked by calling BTE's School Programs Director Abigail Leffler at 570-458-4075 or emailing her at [email protected].

On Saturday, November 25th, BTE will have a 2pm Preview performance with the special preview price of $14 a ticket followed by our Opening Night show at 7:30pm. 'A Christmas Story' will then run Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm through Saturday, December 23. In addition, we have added evening performances at 7:30pm Tuesday, December 26th, through Thursday, December 28. There are no performances on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

The Kathy Baas Sensory Friendly Performance will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, December 2. This “relaxed performance” is intentionally modified to accommodate patrons who experience heightened sensory input, experience anxiety, have dementia or learning differences, or who are on the autistic spectrum. It is free and open to any audience members who feel these modifications would make the theatrical experience more enjoyable.

A holiday favorite for the whole family! Young Ralphie's Christmas quest for a coveted Red Ryder BB gun turns into a lesson about what can happen when you finally get what you ask for! Hilarious and heartwarming – your favorite moments from the beloved film are captured on stage to share with a new generation. Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office at 226 Center Street, Bloomsburg, Tuesday through Saturday, 2-6pm, by calling 570-784-8181 or online at Group discounts, subscriptions, and ticket packages are all available!

* Adapted by Philip Grecian; Based upon the motion picture A Christmas Story, copyright 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, Bob Clark, and In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.