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A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story, The Musical
Peoria Players Theatre
November 11-13 & 17-20

Who can forget the pink bunny suit, visiting the evil elves and Santa at Higbee's, Miss Shield's C+, the taste of Lifebouy Soap and the immortal words "You'll Shoot You're Eye Out!" The holiday season is upon us and it's time to enjoy the classic film, A Christmas Story, in a whole new way! Peoria Players is proud to present the regional premiere of A Christmas Story, The Musical to set your holiday spirit in high gear.

The fabulous cast of 27, 13 of which are making their Peoria Players debut, come from all over the area including Bloomington, Eureka, Tremont , Goodfield and Metamora, as well as Peoria. "When I was approached about this show, I just knew it would be one that truly would bring out people from all over the area...and that's one of the things I love about community theatre, " said Kelleen Nitsch, who is also making her Director/Choreographer debut at Peoria Players after performing in The Addams Family as Alice Beineke there last season. "I felt so welcomed,” she continues, "this theatre has a great atmosphere." She totally gives credit to her talented cast and crew for this production. Ralphie Parker is played by newcomer Issac Leman who she says "his eyes just light up when he's onstage" and his younger brother Randy id played by the "mischievous" Tristan Schonert, another newcomer. Audiences will be happy to see area favorite Chas Killen as The Old Man and Barb Blackowicz debuting as Mother. Taylor Elizabeth will get the audiences’ toes tapping as the infamous Miss Shields, and Josh Shepherd heads up our cast as the incomparable story-teller Jean Shepherd.

Nitsch also can't say enough about her crew for this show. "This production is challenging, not only for the actors but also for the crew. The set is one of the largest and most demanding ones I have seen on the Players stage. The props are so specific, costuming has to be spot on, lighting and sound are an integral part of the’s really tough to bring a well-known classic film to life onstage and everyone is working hard to meet and hopefully exceed the audiences’ expectations."

Nitsch continues, "so bring the whole family out to Peoria Players. We promise to make you laugh, fill the place with holiday joy, and have you leave with a smile on your face." Performances include November 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 pm and November 13 and 20 at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are available by calling 309-688-4473 or online at  The cost is just $19 for adults and $12 for patrons 20 and younger.

Posted on November 5, 2016