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The Classic Holiday Show - Concert On Stage w' Sing-Along AND "A Christmas Story" On Screen

Event title The Classic Holiday Show - Concert On Stage w' Sing-Along AND "A Christmas Story" On Screen
Beginning Date Sunday December 23rd, 2018 PM 3:00
Ending Date Sunday December 23rd, 2018 PM 6:00
Location Loew's Jersey Theatre
Contact Colin Egan
Description ON STAGE -- starting at 3PM:

Enjoy the most cherished music of the season performed by Taresa Blunda and Howard Richman, accompanied by the power and majesty of the Loew’s extraordinary Wonder Morton pipe organ, played by Bernie Anderson. PLUS -- relive a great old movie palace tradition: an audience sing along with words projected on screen.

Followed By

ON SCREEN -- at 4:30PM

“A Christmas Story” Starring Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon. Narrated by Jean Shepherd. Directed by Bob Clark. 1983, 95 mins., Color.
Most of the movies that have been embraced as Holiday classics are built around some pretty grown up themes that are set at Christmastime. The Christmas trees, decorations and snow in “White Christmas” and “Holiday Inn” are all there to give flavor to the romances that are at the heart of their plots. Of course, the various versions of “A Christmas Carol” are the epitome of Holiday movies, but amidst the holly and the turkey there’s a pretty heavy morality tale of lives well lived and not; and “It’s a Wonderful Life” takes a slightly different tact on the same theme. Even “Miracle On 34th Street” which has Santa Claus in practically every scene is, at its core, about an adult perspective on lost childhood innocence.

What makes “A Christmas Story” different from all of these is that it is one of the very few movies about being a kid at Christmastime (or, for that matter, anytime) that truly seems told from a child’s perspective, without even the slightest hint of condescension.

Adapted from a memoir by one of the great raconteurs of 20th Century America, the humorist Jean Shepherd (who narrates), the film centers on Ralphie Parker, a young boy living in 1940s Indiana, desperately yearning for a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas. Despite protests from his mother that he'll shoot his eye out, Ralphie persists, unsuccessfully trying to enlist the assistance of his teacher and even Santa Claus (in what is arguably the most memorable “visit with Santa” scene ever committed to film). If that sounds like an overly simple plot, don’t be fooled, because it provides the perfect set up to re-create a kid’s ground level perspective of life – from having to go to school, dealing with bullies, living with siblings, navigating grown-up idiosyncrasies and hypocrisies, even trying to understand a feud between parents over something that doesn’t make sense to you – a lamp in the shape of a woman’s leg that your father really likes and your mother hates. And of course, there’s that long-forgotten feeling of genuine wonder and anticipation that comes from believing in Santa Claus.

In this the movie captures the rhythms, hopes, worries, frustrations and even the occasional outright terror of childhood, along with the absurd aspects of adult behavior as children are uniquely positioned to observe it. And that is the secret of the film’s success: children instantly identify with it, and adults find themselves drawn back into ways of thinking and feeling that years of grown up life made them forget.

The cast is terrific and creates characters that have taken their place alongside such big screen icons of the season as Scrooge and George Bailey: from the young Peter Billingsley as Ralphie to the incredibly versatile Darren McGavin as his father, and Melinda Dillon as his mother, along with a raft of memorable supporting characterizations from childhood friends to school teachers to bullies to Santa himself.

"A Christmas Story" is a film for the ages and a genuine example of that most over-used phrase: a modern classic. Don't miss your chance to share and enjoy it on the Big Screen.

Admission for BOTH the Concert AND Movie is just $12 adults, $8 kids (12 & under) & seniors.
Categories Kids and Family, Art & Entertainment
Last Modified Thursday December 20th, 2018
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