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DCCT production this weekend

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson County Community Theatre will present “A Christmas Story” this weekend at the Braumart Theatre.

Performances are set for 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The play is directed by Fred Jump, who also directed “Li’l Abner,” with the help of stage manager Stephanie M. Gauthier, who is portraying The Wicked Witch of the West in Bay College’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.” The experienced directorial team brings all the fun of Ralphie Parker’s quest for the legendary Red Ryder 200- shot, range-model air rifle with a compass and a thing that tells time built right into the stock.

The play brings the audience to 1940 Homan, Ind., with winter storms coming off Lake Michigan, home of the Parkers. The Old Man is played by John Estes, formerly Marryin’ Sam in “Li’l Abner.” The Old Man, a puzzle master with the help of Mother, played by Amber Schiltz, is a famed furnace fighter and a master of vocabulary that gets Ralphie, so much wanting that Red Ryder air rifle, in trouble with a bar of Lifebuoy soap.

Shiltz is a veteran of DCCT productions, appearing as Catherine in “Dracula Retold.” Ralphie, (Conor Nelson) is in his first DCCT production. He saves his family from Black Bart. Rodney Kjell, who last appeared in “Shakespeare for an Evening,” leads the band of desperadoes.

Ralphie is forgiving of his soap caused blindness, brave in leading his pals through the Indiana swamps and stands up to Scut Farkas (Grace Schiltz), who has played in “Future Stars Acting Company.” As Scut gets his due, Ralphie and his pals Flick (Owen Kjell), who suffers the result of the famous “triple dog dare,” and Schwartz (Josh Schiltz), who gets walloped for something he didn’t say, have their adventures at Higbees with Santa, elf Jewel Nord and an ensemble of kids.

The teacher, Miss Shields (Marti Nord), the classmates — Roxanne (Samantha Wilson), the smart girl; Esther Jane (Allie Person), sweet on Ralphie, and Helen Weathers (Anja Klieman) — add to the fun of The Old Man’s “major award,” the leg lamp, and Ralphie’s adventures with his family and little brother, Randy (Simeon Nord), who laments, “I can’t put my arms down.”

Come to the Braumart this weekend for a fun outing for the family and start the Christmas season with a live theater show that has a classic message — “it was a good Christmas, because we had love; we had each other. And in the final accounting, that’s what it’s all about after all.”

Does Ralphie get the Red Ryder air rifle? Come and see.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for ages 12 and younger. A family of two parents and children 12 and younger all can be admitted for $30.

Tickets are available at The Braumart box office.

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