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A Christmas Story, The Musical

A Christmas StoryNovember 11-December 31
Book by Joseph Robinette
Music & Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Based on the Motion Picture A Christmas Story distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and upon In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, written by Jean Shepherd.  Produced with permission of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Dalfie Entertainment.

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing.

This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas.  Set in the 1940s in the fictional town Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker, and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts – an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.  All the iconic scenes from the film are here, and the delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping ensemble numbers such as “Ralphie to the Rescue,” “A Major Award,” “Sticky Situation,” and the inevitable “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!” A Christmas Story, The Musical will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven’t.




Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
A Christmas Story Press Release

Amish Acres

A Christmas Story
Archive Photographs


A Note from the Director…

Amber Burgess

This is an Indiana story.  A young boy from Hohman, Indiana tells us the story of the greatest gift he ever received.  Most of us know A Christmas Story from the 1983 film, which has since become a cult holiday classic. The real origins of the story actually go back to the 1950s, when a man named Jean Shepherd, an American radio personality, began sharing musings of his childhood on WOR Radio in New York City. He eventually put the collection of stories into a book called In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, and this was the inspiration for the film.
Although Shepherd claims A Christmas Story is fictional, he did grow up in a small Indiana town where there is a Cleveland Street, and several of the characters’ names are found in his grade school yearbooks, including Shepherd’s younger brother Randy. And while Shepherd named his young protagonist “Ralphie” not “Jean,” he himself did play the voice of Adult Ralphie in the film and appears onstage as the Narrator of our musical. For many families A Christmas Story has become an integral part of their holiday celebrations.  We relate to Ralphie and his quest for the ultimate Christmas gift.  We all have had that simple and fervent wish… we all have our own version of the Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun… As Hoosiers, there’s a lot for us to find in common with Ralphie, and with Jean and we hope their Indiana story makes your holiday brighter!  We are so excited that you could join us an make the Round Barn Theatre family part of your family tradition this year.  Merry Christmas!

Amber Burgess

A Christmas Story Cast


Jean Shepherd


Nick Manthe



Josey Miller

The Old Man


Rory Dunn

Miss Shields


Kelly Maryanski



Josh Hatfield



Maison Ramsey



Amelia Lowery

Skut Farkus


Kayla Thompson



Lindsay Graber

Esther Jane


Brooklyn Redd



Drew Flickinger

Mary Beth


Cora Callander

Grover Dill


Lisa Wood



Katherine S. Barnes



Kaitlyn Bell



Kristin Brintnall



Joey Harbert



Don Hart



Joelle Rassi



A Christmas Story Staff


Executive Producer


Richard Pletcher

Artistic Director


Amber Burgess



Sarah Philabaum

Music Director


Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager


Michael Redondo

Technical Director


Ted Lantz

Set Designer


Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer


Amber Burgess

Lighting Designer


Jeremy Littlejohn

Sound Designer


Shayna Graverson

Costume Assistant / Wardrobe


Ashley Alverth

Box Office Manager


Jennifer Scheffer

Legal Representation


Dumler & Giroux, NYC

Archive Videographer


Steve Jones


Scenes and Musical Numbers

Act I




Prologue: Christmas Eve, Several Years Ago, A Street Corner Outside Radio Station WOR, New York City & The Radio Studio Desk


Scene 1: December 1, 1940, The Parker Family House & Higbee's Department Store


It All Comes Down To Christmas

Ralphie, the Parkers & Company

Higbee's Window


Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun

Ralphie & Jean

It All Comes Down to Christmas (Reprise)

Ralphie & Company

Scene 2: The Next Day; The Parker Family House & Yard


The Genius on Cleveland Street

The Old Man & Mother

An Opening


Scene 3: Soon Afterward; A Path From School


When You're a Wimp

The Kids

Scene 4: A Few Minutes Later; The Classroom


Ralphie to the Rescue!

Ralphie, Miss Shields, The Old Man, Mother, Randy & Company

After Ralphie to the Rescue!


Scene 5: A Week Later; The Parker Family House


What a Mother Does


A Major Award

The Old Man, Mother & Company

Scene 6: Early Evening, December 13; The Parker Family House


Scene 7: Immediately Following; On the Road


Parker Family Sing-a-Long

The Parkers

Scene 8: Late That Night; The Parker Family House


Act One Finale

Ralphie & Company


Act II




Scene 1: The Schoolyard & Classroom


Sticky Situation

Ralphie, Flick, Schwartz Kids, Miss Shields, Nurse, Flick's Mom & Company

Scene 2: Fantasy 1930's Speakeasy


You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!

Miss Shields & Kids

Scene 3: Immediately Following; A Path From School


Scene 4: A Few Minutes Later; The Parker Family House


Just Like That


Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun (Reprise)


Scene 5: Christmas Eve; Santa's Station at Higbee's


At Higbee's


Up on Santa's Lap

Santa, Elves, Ralphie, Randy & Kids

Scene 6: Christmas Eve; The Parker Family House


Before The Old Man Comes Home

Ralphie & Randy

Scene 7: A Half Hour Or So Later; The Boy's Bedroom


Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana

Ralphie, Randy & Kids

Scene 8: Christmas Morning; The Parker Family House, A Chinese Restaurant & The Town


Christmas Morning


Ralphie to the Rescue! (Reprise)

Ralphie & Company

A Christmas Story

The Parkers & Company

Cast Biographies

Katherine BarnesKatherine S. Barnes (Ensemble) holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Missouri State University. Originally from Sullivan, MO, she currently resides in Chicago, IL. Professional credits include Fiddler on the Roof (Yente) and 110 In The Shade (Mrs. Jenkins/Ensemble) with Tent Theatre; Nuncrackers (Sister Mary Hubert) and The Odd Couple (Cecily Pigeon) with Great Plains Theatre; The Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch of the West) and Jack and the Beanstalk (Lucia/Storyteller) with Prairie Fire Children's Theatre; and Paradigm (Erica/Lucy) Because Why Not Theatre Company. Katherine is happy to be returning to the Round Barn Theatre after directing the 2016 youth camp this summer in their productions of "Plain and Fancy" and "Fiddler on the Roof." 

Kaitlyn Bell (Ensemble) is returning for her second Round Barn Theatre production. She is a fourth grade student at Woodview Elementary in Nappanee. Kaitlyn loves music and dancing. She always enjoys watching other productions at Amish Acres and is proud to be a part of this season's production of A Christmas Story.



Kristin BrintnallKristin Brintnall (Ensemble) is so excited to be making her Round Barn Theatre debut in the 2016 season. She recently graduated from Millikin University, receiving her BFA in Musical Theatre. Favorite credits include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Alice Beineke in The Addams Family, and Marian Paroo in The Music Man. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support, and sincerely hopes that you enjoy the show! For more info visit: 

Cora CallanderCora Callander (Mary Beth) is ten years old, from Bremen, Indiana, and thrilled to be back at the Round Barn Theatre for her third holiday season.  Cora loves music, as well as art, reading, writing, and playing the piano.  She has taken professional vocal, theory, and piano lessons since she was five.  She also plays soccer and softball, and is a member of 4-H, raising and showing cows.  Cora’s passion is musical theatre.  Cora’s favorite role has been Little Fiona and Baby Bear in RBT's Shrek the Musical.  Other productions she has been in include A Christmas Carol (Bowen Auditorium), Shrek the Musical (Bowen Auditorium), Hairspray (Premier Arts), and her favorite, The Wizard of Oz (Round Barn Theatre). Cora loves to sing and perform because she loves to make people smile, as well as bring joy and happiness to those around her.  She would like to thank her family for all their love and support.  

Rory DunnRory Dunn (The Old Man) has been performing on stage for most of his life. So far he has played dogs, whales, monkeys, bandits, dashing leading men, evil villains and the occasional comic relief. Some of his favorite roles include Adam in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, Josiah in Josiah for President and the Bishop in Les Misérables


Drew FlickingerDrew Flickinger (Flick) has been performing in musical theatre since age 7. His first onstage performance was at the Lerner Theatre in Beauty and the Beast. He is an ambassador at Premier Arts in Elkhart, IN, and is involved with Premier's stage shows.  His experiences on the Joseph Stein Stage include performing in the Joseph Stein Young Actors Studio camps as the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz and Pinocchio in Shrek.  Drew is a junior at NorthWood High School, and is involved in the Dawning Generation and Main Street Voices choirs.  Drew would like to thank his friends and family for their support.

Lindsay GraberLindsay Graber (Schwartz) is thrilled to be in her first professional production at the Round Barn Theater!  Lindsey is a 7th grader at NorthWood Middle School.  She played Patty Simcox in Grease and Golde in Fiddler on the Roof at the Round Barn Theater Young Actor’s camps in 2015 and 2016. She was also in the ensemble of the Northwood Middle School 2016 production of Legally Blonde Jr. and participates in her school’s choir. Lindsey’s favorite musicals include Grease, Wicked, The Sound of Music, and West Side Story. She also loves reading and writing along with acting. Enjoy the show!

Joey HarbertJoey Harbert (Ensemble) is excited to return to the Round Barn stage for A Christmas Story.  He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelors of Music in Musical Theatre and a minor in Computer Science. His favorite roles include Emcee in Cabaret (University of Central Oklahoma); Angel in Rent (Upstage Theatre), and Schroeder in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Sooner Theatre). He would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support.

Don HartDon Hart (Ensemble) is excited to be back at Amish Acres!  Previous roles include Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance, Eddie in Pumpboys and Dinettes, Henry in The Fantasticks and Papa Yoder in Plain and FancyEnjoy the show!

Josh HatfieldJosh Hatfield (Ralphie) lives in Osceola, IN and is super excited to be a part of the The Round Barn Theatre family again this season.  He would like to especially thank Amber, the cast, and directors of last season's Mary Poppins for the help and encouragement when playing the role of Michael Banks, Josh's debut in professional theatre.   Prior to that Josh has performed at Elkhart Civic Theatre and in various drama productions through Granger Community Church.  When not acting Josh is homeschooling and enjoys attending other live theatre performances, computer games and engineering the next best invention.

Amelia Lowery (Nancy) is a motivated young actress who has found her way to the Round Barn Theatre Stage! At the young age of four, she insisted on taking music lessons! She loved to sing and dance and wanted to surround herself with joyful melodies. Amelia has taken professional lessons the past five years; focusing on voice, guitar, mandolin, and violin. She has also taken numerous acting and drama classes at the Civic, Wagon Wheel, and The Round Barn Theaters. Most recently Amelia was seen as Ruth this season in Plain and Fancy at The Round Barn Theatre's Young Actors Camp and has acted in other productions such as Grease, Mary Poppins, and Fiddler on the Roof. Amelia says she comes alive when performing on stage and enjoys the audience's energy! She is excited to be a part of the action this season at The Round Barn Theatre!

Nick MantheNick Manthe (Jean Shepherd) is a recent Musical Theatre graduate from the University of South Dakota. He is originally from a small town in Iowa called Merrill. A Christmas Story is the first play that he was ever in, so it is wonderful to begin his professional theatre career at the Round Barn Theatre with this show. I would like to thank my family and my girlfriend Laurie for all of their support throughout this process.

Kelly MaryanskiKelly Maryanski (Miss Shields) is ecstatic to be making her Round Barn Theatre debut! As an actor and choreographer she has worked with numerous theater companies around the Chicago area and was recently seen in a new acclaimed production of Das Rheingold at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Favorite credits: La Cenerentola (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Evil Dead: The Musical (Arcade Theatre of Milwaukee), The Merry Widow (Light Opera Works), Cabaret (Light Opera Works), Cats (Highland Park Players). Kelly holds a BFA cum laude from Denison University and also trains as an aerialist and freelances as an illustrator. She is a proud member of the American Guild of Musical Artists. Film: Divergent. TV: “Underemployed”, “Friendzone”, “Chicago P.D.”.

Josey MillerJosey Miller (Mother) is very excited to be making her debut at the Round Barn! No stranger to Amish land, she calls Lancaster, Pennsylvania home when she's not off having adventures. Josey holds a B.A. in Music from Seton Hill University where she was also a member of the Equestrian Team. Some select regional credits include The Addams Family (Alice Beineke), Church Basement Ladies (Beverly Engleson), Nunsense (Sister Hubert) and The Confession (Mary Stoltzfus).  In her free time, Josey enjoys playing the ukulele, hiking, and exploring whatever new place she is fortunate enough to be working in. Many thanks to her ever supportive and loving family, the RBT Team, and YOU for coming to see live theater! Enjoy the show! Proverbs 3:5 

Maison Ramsey
(Randy) is excited to be a part of "A Christmas Story". Maison is 11 years old  and is in 5th grade at Riddle Elementary. He began working in theatre two years ago when he attended Young Actors Camp here at Amish Acres. During camp he has been the  park keeper in "Mary Poppins", Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof, and Peter in "Plain and Fancy". When he is not reading, you can find him running, hunting, and spending time with his friends and family.


Joelle RassiJoelle Rassi
(Ensemble) is from Milford, IN and is so pleased to be returning for her fifth season at The Round Barn Theatre. She loved being Gingy in Shrek and Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank. She will be a sophomore this coming fall, and she loves singing, dancing, participating in her school’s Show Choir, acting, and she spends all of her spare time song writing.

Brooklyn ReddBrooklyn Redd (Esther Jane) is excited to be performing in A Christmas Story. She is in the 4th grade at Wakarusa Elementary School. She recently played Martha in The Miracle Worker.  She attended the Joseph Stein Young Actors Camp in 2013, playing a pig in Shrek The Musical and again in 2014, playing Jane in Mary Poppins. Brooklynn is always singing wherever she's her favorite thing to do. She also loves dancing, ice cream and playing sports.

Kayla Thompson (Skut Farkus) ) is very excited for her debut performance at The Round Barn Theatre!  Kayla has been active in theatre since she was eight years old.  Her first performance was in Honk, Jr. at Elkhart Civic Theatre where she has gone on to perform in several musicals and plays including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. and The Little Mermaid, Jr.  Her favorite roles were Carrie in Dear Edwina, Jr. and Officer Wilkes in The Baker Street Irregulars.  In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano and ukele.



Staff Biographies

Ashley Alverth (Costume Assistant/Wardrobe) is an Illinois based artist who graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design from The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg. She started her career as the Art director at Carmel Montessori Academy designing the school plays. Ashley has worked in the costume department of the Elgin Opera and as the head seamstress on the film “Ovid and the Art of Love.” She is proud to have the opportunity to work with the crew of The Round Barn Theatre during this upcoming season. 

Amber Burgess (Director) studied Musical Theatre at Millikin University (IL), and also has a B.A. in Social Sciences from Ashford University (IA).  Originally from North Dakota, Amber began her career on the stage 30 years ago (in the same year Plain and Fancy opened here at RBT).  Amber first appeared on the Joseph Stein Stage as a weekend replacement for Aida back in 2005.  Since then she has directed, costume designed, played violin for, and acted in some of her best and most memorable work here at Amish Acres.  Favorite RBT roles include the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, Lilli/Kate in Kiss Me, Kate, June Sanders in Smoke on the Moutain, Betty Haynes in White Christmas and last year’s practically perfect Mary Poppins.  Favorite RBT directing projects include Little Women, Sisters of Swing, Shrek and 9 to 5.  Thank you to the team for all your hard work and support.

Shayna Graverson (ASM / Sound) is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee with a degree in Audio Engineering. Shayna was born and raised near RBT in Bremen, where she found her passion for music. She was in both choir and band, and also ran the sound for Bremen's musical productions. Graverson is thrilled to be working for RBT with the tech team. In Shayna's spare time she enjoys playing and watching soccer, viewing movies, listening/playing/recording/mixing music and being out in nature. Graverson's favorite part of audio is the mixing process and aspires to mix audios for movies in the future.

Jeremy Littlejohn (Lighting Designer) is originally from Indiana, and has been working in the theatre profession for over twenty years.  He has worn many hats in his career, and been involved in over 150 productions across the country.  As a Lighting Designer, Jeremy has shed light on more than thirty RBT productions.  Some of his brightest moments include Sisters of Swing, Little Women, Shrek, Anything Goes and Mary Poppins.  Thank you for coming, and please visit for more details.

Sarah Philabaum (Choreographer) is very excited to return to the Round Barn Theatre this fall! After choreographing and performing in over 30 RBT productions, her all time favorites include: 9 to 5, Little Shop of HorrorsThe Marvelous Wonderettes and of course, Plain and Fancy. Sarah has been very fortunate to perform all over the country at regional theatres such as The Little Theatre on the Square and Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, as well as toured nationally with Nebraska Theatre Caravan and The National Theatre for Children. Much love and thanks to her incredibly supportive parents and her wonderful boyfriend, Jon. Enjoy the show! 

Richard Pletcher (Executive Producer) founded Amish Acres with his father, LaVern in 1968. The Amish farm was preserved and restored, and is now listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Following a one year experiment with dinner theatre in 1971, he added musical theatre to the farm's historic interpretation by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to its permanent residence in The Round Barn Theatre in 1992. The musical has been running for 29 consecutive years, having surpassed 3,700 performances in front of over 355,000 audience members. Plain and Fancy's Tony Award® winning author Joseph Stein and Tony Award® winning composer Albert Hague have attended Plain and Fancy at Amish Acres.

At Joseph Stein’s urging, Amish Acres became a regional musical repertory theatre in 1996 with the addition of five shows in rotating repertory with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced over 100 Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Seven of Mr. Stein’s musicals have been produced at The Round Barn Theatre, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags, Carmelina and a Second Stage production of Enter Laughing.

In October of 2006, Dick and his wife Susan were guests of Joseph and Elisa Stein in New York City for the York Theatre’s Mufti Series production of Plain and Fancy, the last in a month long, three show festival of Stein’s work that included Take Me Along and Carmelina. Artistic Director James Morgan recognized Amish Acres’ 20 year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletchers’ and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre for Joseph Stein at the York Theatre in 2007. Stein was further inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in February of 2008. He passed away in 2010 and the Joseph Stein Memorial Fund was created to provide free season tickets for children.

Michael Redondo (Production Stage Manager) An Eagle Scout from Riverside, California, Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications & Theatre Arts from Sterling College. He has stage managed productions with the Great Plains Theatre, Cumberland County Playhouse, Wichita Grand Opera, and Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre. Offstage, he enjoys hiking, cooking, and going to the movies.
"If you want something extraordinary to happen in your life, it will require some extraordinary action on your part."

Travis Smith (Music Director) Originally from Pickerington, OH, Travis has been a music director for nearly 100 professional productions.  Also an accomplished composer and arranger, he helped pen the new musical Steeple People: A Southern Gospel Comedy and has also collaborated on several original children's musicals which have been seen and performed by thousands of children every year.  Also a performer, Travis has been seen in dozens of shows including the national tour of A Christmas Carol and many shows at the Round Barn including Sister Amnesia in Nunsense A-Men!,Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goesand Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey.


amish acresA Christmas Story, The Musical
Theme Dinners: November 18
Breakfast with Santa: December 10
Meet the Characters Theme Dinner: December 16

A white tablecloth event to celebrate The Round Barn Theatre productions through menus conceived by Richard Pletcher and created by chef Ruth Miller. Show references and double entendres, no matter how obscure or ridiculous, are often highlighted in bold letters. Recipes are prepared by Ruth, whose sense of humor is stirred into the pot and skillet. All menu items are subject to change by the whim of the chef. The responsibility for such frovility rests soley with Richard Pletcher.

A Major Award

Chicken & Noodle

Cleveland Street Cranberry Salad
Caesar Salad

Red Ryder Sausage & Cheese Balls
Jean Shepherd's Stuffed Mushrooms
Bumpus Cheese Ball w/Crackers

Decoder Ring Dinner Rolls


Triple-Dog-Dare-You Turkey
Ham for The Old Man


Little Piggy Ham & Scalloped Potatoes
Shoot Your Eye Out Sage Dressing

In God We Trust Green Bean Casserole

Pumpkin Pie
Christmas Cookies
Ruth's Famous Crème Brûlée

Iced Tea
Hot Wassail
Eggnog ($)
Round Barn Wine & Craft Beers ($)

Reservations Required. 
For reservations call (800) 800-4942.
Amish Acres