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A Red Ryder BB gun. A crabby Santa. Triple-dog-dares.
For five local kid actors, it's Christmas six days a week in the
$5 million stage tour of "A Christmas Story, The Musical!"
They don't perform on Mondays, yet still have to crack the
books, say the tween stars of this spin-off of "A Christmas Story,"
the 1983 film about a little boy yearning for a BB gun. Like
Ralphie (Peter Billingsley), they'd rather write
Kayla Rae, 11, is hankering for the "Sims 3 Generations" game.
"You can dress up, play ding-dong ditch and egg people's houses,"
the Frankfort fifth-grader advises.
Producers behind the national tour of the
you'll-shoot-your-eye-out saga, based on Jean Shepherd's boyhood
memories of Hammond, Ind., auditioned "six or seven times" in
Chicago, producer Gerald Goehring says. Their goal: to round out
the ensemble with young talent to play Ralphie's classmates. Clarke
Hallum, who played Ralphie in a Seattle production, reprises his
"We were looking for kids who are natural, but have one heck of
a voice," Goehring says. "The kids we cast can really sing and they
can dance. They have a couple of ballads, and big numbers like
'When You're A Wimp' (about bullying) and 'A Sticky Situation'
(think Flick and the flagpole)."
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