ACTS brings modern holiday classic to life

By By Cliff Seiber / American Press

Nearly everyone knows the line “You’ll

shoot your eye out,” so doing “A Christmas Story” in the theater carries

a special responsibility,

said Walt Kiser, who will direct ACTS’ production of the tale.

The show will open Friday, Nov. 30, and continue the following two Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 1-2 and 7-9. Curtain time is

at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

“A Christmas Story” has probably replaced “It’s a Wonderful World” as the most popular Christmas movie, Kiser said.

“I often tell my casts not to watch the movie version of the play we’re doing. I tell them to bring their own interpretation

of the characters they are playing,” he said.

“But because of the huge popularity of this one, we have a great responsibility to keep it in line with the movie. Everybody

knows and loves the characters and expects to see them as they remember from the movie.”

Abram Conner plays the leading boy, Ralphie.

“I have enjoyed seeing him in the role,” Kiser said. “He does a great job, but he seems to get better with each rehearsal,

so it’s a pleasure to go to rehearsal to see how he grows.”

Abram played the young Patrick in ACTS’ “Auntie Mame.” He debuted at ACTS in “Annie Get Your Gun” as Little Jake. This past

summer he attended the New York Film Academy’s Acting for Film summer camp. A fifth-grader at Episcopal Day School, he is

the son of Dr. Phillip and Bridgette Conner, and his siblings are Jackson and Mary.

ACTS veteran Shane Taylor plays the adult Ralph. Other members of the cast are Paula McCain, Mother; Matt Dye, the Old Man;

Ryan Monk, making his theater debut as Randy; Teresa Marceaux, another newcomer, as Mrs. Shields; neophyte Austin Mulrine

as Flick; Markell Jolivette, debuting as Schwartz; veteran Mya Jemison as Esther Jane Alberry; and newcomers Corey Greene

as Scut Farkas and Bailey George as Helen.

If you go

ACTS Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Story” will be presented at One Reid Street Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday,

Nov. 30-Dec. 1; 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.

Tickets can be purchased at Lakeshore Medic Pharmacy and Moss Bluff Florist & Gifts, online with major credit card from

a link at http://www.actstheatre.com/ or by phone at 337-433-ACTS.