Ralphie Parker wants one thing for Christmas, and one thing only: An official Red Ryder Range Model Carbine Action BB Gun.
There’s only one problem for the 9-year-old. Everyone else is convinced he’ll shoot his eye out. Undeterred, Ralphie begins his saga of convincing all the necessary players, from his sweet but protective mother, to his straight-laced teacher, Miss Shields, all the way to Santa Claus himself, that he needs that gun for the protection of his loved ones, and maybe even a little cowboy glory to call his own.
Ralphie’s vivid imagination conjures up several show-stopping numbers, from “Ralphie to The Rescue” in which he defeats every foe a young boy can think of (robbers, mustache-twirling villains, and of course, the school bully), to the thrilling tap routine performed by Miss Shields, who sheds her sweater set and romance novel for a glittery red gown and a whole lot of moxie.
And Ralphie’s not the only one with dreams of grandeur. His old man is just as set on a goal of his own, namely, winning a prize in the $50,000 Great Figures of World Literature Contest. His dreams come true when he wins a major award from the competition in the form of a garish, fishnet-stocking-clad leg lamp, which horrifies his wife but brings him unadulterated joy.
In the biggest number of the show, the old man dreams up a fantastic dance sequence, developing from a euphoric ballet, to a sultry tango with his wife. Filled with quirky and lovable characters, this zany, heartfelt, and nostalgic musical is a delight.
Performances run Nov. 15, 16, 22 & 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15.
The Arts Center of Cannon County is located on 1424 John Bragg Highway in Woodbury. For more information call 615-563-(ARTS) 2787 or visit www.artscenterofcc.com.