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Tis the season for local theaters

The show opens Saturday, Dec. 8 and runs through Thursday, Dec. 20 at the Schacht Fine Arts Center on the Russell Sage Campus in Troy. Tickets are $20. for adults, $16. for senior citizens and students, and $10. for children up to age 12. Call 274-3256 or visit www.nysti.org for information.

You'll shoot your eye out

On Wednesday, Dec. 7 both the Schenectady Civic Players and the Classic Theater Guild of Voorheesville will perform "A Christmas Story."

This well-known movie reels you into the world of Ralphie Parker, a boy in search of the ultimate Christmas gift, "an official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot range model air rifle, with a compass in the stock and 'this thing' which tells time."

Ralphie will go to pretty much any length to get his hands on this Red Ryder BB gun, despite numerous adult admonitions of "you'll shoot your eye out." From fibs about spotting a dangerous animal in the neighborhood to blurting his desire outright, Ralphie tries it all.

"Christmas is about tradition," said Debbie May, director of Schenectady Civic Players presentation. "The adaptation of the movie into a play was intended to give families a chance to create and perpetuate a new tradition of going to the theatre to see 'A Christmas Story.' We have this kid who plays bully Scott Farcus who is just terrific. It is a wonderful chance to see these kids grow and develop.

Ralphie is played by Jacob Nuding and Scott Farcus is played by Chucky Clew.

The show runs Friday, Dec. 7 through Sunday, Dec. 16 at the Schenectady Civic Playhouse, 12 Church St., Schenectady. Adult tickets are $15. and student tickets are $13.

Steve Suriano, director of Classic Theater Guild's presentation of "A Christmas Story" is taken by the subtler intricacies of the story. "The lead character is actually the narrator of the story. It is the voice of Jean Shepherd," Suriano said. "Ralphie as an adult is played by the Guild's Paul Nooney."

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