VERONA, Wis. (WMTV) – "It means everything, it's one of my dream roles and it's really awesome to be playing the role I've been watching on the movie for so many years with my family, so it's really an honor," Matthew Powell, the young actor who plays 'Ralphie Parker,' said.
Thursday is the opening night for the classic Christmas tale ‘A Christmas Story’ the musical at the Verona High School Performing Arts Center.
The cast includes all local actors, dancers and singers from the Verona Community Theater group. The ages range from eight years-old to 60 years-old.
"We wanted to do the musical last year, but then Fox announced it was their musical for the year so community theater couldn't do it," Choreographer Alyssa Dvorak said. "So it's been a year in the making and we are so excited for opening night to finally be here."
Since September, the cast has been rehearsing and they have all the iconic props from the movie. The leg lamp, the bunny onesie, the fragile box and an authentic Red Ryder BB Gun.
"My dad actually found an authentic Red Ryder BB Gun and we kept it for a year waiting to use it for the show," Dvorak said.
'A Christmas Story' the musical runs until December 2nd. Tickets are $15 for adults and $11 for kids 12 and under. To order tickets online CLICK HERE.