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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Bradford Little Theatre Announces Cast, Crew for "A Christmas Story"

Veteran performer Duane Pletcher and newcomer Max Shanks will portray the grownup and nine-year-old Ralph Parker, respectively, when Bradford Little Theatre mounts "A Christmas Story" Dec. 19-21 at the Bromeley Family Theatre.

On Monday, director Nanci K. Garris announced members of the cast and crew for Philip Grecian's stage version of the iconic holiday movie now marking its 25th anniversary. The script is based on the motion picture "A Christmas Story," copyright 1983 by Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Brothers and written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark based on the book "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" by Shepherd.

As narrator, Pletcher, last seen in The Diary of Anne Frank, tells the story of his favorite childhood Christmas, the Christmas he wanted "an official Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle."

"I'm excited to be working with both veterans and ingénues on stage and backstage for our first venture in the full Bromeley Family Theatre" at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Rounding out the cast are Holly Garrity as Mother, who also appeared in Anne Frank; BLT newcomer Patrick Cramer as The Old Man; and Brandon Scott Hallock from "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" as Randy Parker.

Others returning to the BLT stage are Barbara Gee as teacher Miss Shields, last seen in "Don't Dress for Dinner"; Zachary McCammon as Schwarz; Logan Caruso as John; Abbey Morrisroe as classroom know-it-all Helen Weathers; and Kaitlyn E. Hallock as an elf. McCammon, Caruso and the Hallocks appeared in Garris'es last turn directing in "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever."

Lending his voice to the role of Santa will be H.L. "Woody" Woodruff, a newcomer to BLT but not to the stage nor to playing the Jolly Old Elf, a character he portrayed locally for 40 years.

Other BLT newcomers are Josiah Garges as Flick, who dares to lick a frozen flagpole; Cordon Laroche as bully Scut Farkas; Caleb Garges as Charlie; Rayelle Nelling as Esther Jane Alberry, who is sweet on Ralphie; Jessica Mangel as Lucy; AlexieAnn Riley as Katie; Brooke McGriff as Alice; Brooke Anderson as Elizabeth; and Carrygan Jordan as an elf.

Crew members include Diane Kerner Arnett, producer; Dennis Morrisroe, stage manager; Marlene Kijowski, costume designer; Ron Johnson and Ryan Walb, sound designers; Les Buhite, light designer; Nancy Coder, set dresser; Alan Hancock, videographer; Jeremy Garris, set designer; Anne Holliday, pre-show writer and publicity chair; Kim Hallock, assistant stage manager; Ashlyn Morrisroe, production assistant; Pam Gaffney, propsmistress; Cole A. Vecchio, props; Kathy Bryant, light board operator; Sidra Bange, costumes; and stagehands Don Hallock, Lauren McCormick, Jess Courteau and Trevor Quick.

For information about season tickets, advance individual tickets or group rates, people may contact BLT ticket master Marcia Morrison through the Web site; by email at tickets@ bradfordlittletheatre.org; or by mail at BLT, P.O. Box 255, Bradford PA 16701.

The BLT season is supported by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania's General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Elk County Council on the Arts. Also, McKean Arts Council supports this season.

Bradford Little Theatre continues to promote, encourage, and produce community-based theatre in the Bradford area. By making theatre available and accessible to the public, BLT provides opportunities for community participation, appreciation, and education, thus enriching the community and increasing interest in the arts. An award-winning theatre company, BLT is a member of the American Association of Community Theatres, the Theatre Association of New York State (TANYS), and is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Theatres.

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