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Cap Rep brings \Christmas Story to the stage

Rounding out the child cast are Christian Meola, of Guilderland High School , as neighborhood bully Scut Farkus; David Bell, of Waterford-Halfmoon Elementary, as Ralphie's little brother Randy; Jack Mastrianni,of Bethlehem Central School, as Ralphie's friend Schwartz; Connor Olney of Acadia Middle School, as Ralphie's friend Flick; George Franklin of Loudonville Elementary School as Farkus' sidekick, Grover Dill; Josie Hulbert of Loudonville Elementary School as Ralphie's classmate, Betsy; Gabrielle Straight, of Koda Middle School, as Ralphie's classmate, Esther Jane; and Anna Stoneman, of Albany High School , as classmate Helen Weathers.

Joining the young actors is the adult cast of four, all of whom are professional Equity players. They include Wilbur Edwin Henry as the adult Ralph who is based on author and radio personality Jean Shepherd; Brent Langdon plays "The Old Man" a.k.a young Ralphie's father; and two Capital Rep favorites Yvonne Perry as Ralphie's mother and Brenny Rabine as Miss Shields, Ralphie's teacher.

So far, ticket sales have been strong for this holiday offering, say organizers. The theatre has added six additional preview performances to the run, based on the demand for tickets. In addition to the public performance schedule, seven student matinees are planned and all have been sold out to area schools.

After the pay-what-you-will performance on Nov. 26, previews begin on Saturday, Nov. 27, and run through Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Opening night is Wednesday, Dec. 8, and the production will run through Jan. 2, 2011. Tuesday through Thursday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. There are no performances Christmas Day or New Year's Day. Tickets prices begin at $38 and are available by calling the box office at 445-7469 or e-mailing boxoffice@capitalrep.org.

For more information, call the box office or visit www.capitalrep.org. ""

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