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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Still More Theater Saturday* - A Christmas Story

We were given free ticket to A Christmas Story for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: A Christmas Story

Where: Kelsey Theatre
             1200 Old Trenton Rd.
             West Windsor, NJ

Who: All ages

When : Friday, Nov 30 at 8 p.m.
             Saturdays, Nov. 24 and Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
             Sundays, Nov. 25 and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

Me - A Christmas Story is not my favorite. The plot doesn't seem to flow. There are too many things that just seem so random and unimportant that are thrown in. However, Kelsey Theatre's production of the show was done well. The perfomances were very good. Both the acting and the singing were good. Some of the groups that perform at Kelsey Theater just seem to put a lot of kids in their shows that are not necessarily very good actors. The kids  in this show were actually very talented and well cast. I would love to see them sometime in a show I like better. All in all, it was well done and enjoyable show.

Mom - If you enjoyed last year's A Christmas Story live and/or you love holiday shows you may enjoy Kelsey Theatre's production of A Christmas Story. This well cast well acted show is full of holiday cheer.  If you are a big fan of songs writers Justin Paul and Benj Pasek from their other work like the Tony winning, Dear Evan Hansen and the movie extravaganza, The Greatest Showman,  but you are not familiar with their songs for A  Christmas Story, you may be disappointed. The songs in this show are not their best work. There are a few cute numbers like "When You're A Wimp"  but they are also a lot of not very memorable numbers and the famous "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out" line is turned into an overblown song and dance number. The acting and singing in this production are good though, and the cast does a good job putting over the material  given what they have to work with. The young actor who plays Ralphie is especially terrific. It is definitely worth it to see the show for the performances or if you just can't get your fill of entertainment that revolves around the holidays.

For more information and/or to purchase tickets to A Christmas Story,  visit

Tune in tomorrow for this week's Sunday Scoop

*Still More Theater Saturday is an occasional supplement to our regular Theater Thursday posts. Additonal theater related posts can also be found in our perodic More Theater Monday posts.

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