The Valley Players Theater in Waitsfield will open in two weeks with the stage play adaptation of the perennial Christmas film, A Christmas Story. Performances begin Friday, December 6, and run for two weekends.

Created in 1983 by humorist Jean Shepard and adapted in 2000 for the stage by Philip Grecian, this memoir of growing up in the Midwest of the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. The consistent response, "You'll shoot your eye out." The play includes recognizable scenes and characters from the motion picture.

This play is recommended for all ages.

A Christmas Story is directed and produced by Jasmine White and Shannon Pitonyak, respectively. The cast features local actors Amy Dowd of Waitsfield as mother, Carleton Cummiskey of Waitsfield as Flick, Ella Pitonyak of Barre as Esther Jane, Felicia Heath-Johnson of Moretown as Ralpie, Jonah Neale of Moretown as Ralph, Maddie Como of Waitsfield as Scut Farkus, Molly Bombard of Barre as Helen, Olivia Reiskin of Warren as Schwartz, Riley Smith of Moretown as Randy, Rosemarie Smith of Fayston as Miss Shields and Tom Badowski of Moretown as the old man.

The complete performance schedule is December 6 and 7, 7:30 p.m.; December 8, 2 p.m.; December 13 and 14, 7:30 p.m.; December 15, 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online by credit card at or by cash or check at Mad River Chamber of Commerce or by calling (802) 583-1674 and paying by cash or check at the door.