"A Christmas Story, The Musical" - Joyous, Upbeat And Oh-So-Happy

Saturday, December 07, 2013 - by Sonia Young

I am so excited about "A Christmas Story, The Musical," that I just had to share this feeling with Chattanoogan.com's readers.  With so many sad events happening in the world and our lives now I did not know if the holiday spirit would come into my purple heart this year.  Well, last night it arrived.  I went to the opening night performance of "A Christmas Story, The Musical" at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre and it was a joyous, upbeat, oh-so-happy occasion.

The musical is based on the popular TV show about the boy who yearned to get a Red Ryder Carbine Action BB gun for Christmas.  The musical made its Broadway premier last December and the Chattanooga Theatre Centre is one of the few theaters to get the rights to do this show outside of the national touring shows.  And it was such fun and such well done fun.  

The cast was remarkable in every way - singing, dancing and acting their ways into your hearts.  They were all so good that we dislike singling anyone out but must shout out how wonderful the Parker family is - with young Ralphie (Cannon Hunt), his little brother Randy (Benjamin Brown), Father (Scott Shaw) and Mother (Jennifer Major) along with the narrator (Greg Rambin, Sr.) giving outstanding performances in every way.  The show is directed by Scott Dunlap, who did a great job with comic nuances and kept the pace moving smoothly, almost choreographing the movements of the 29 strong cast members.  Scott's comic genius is so evident in this popular show.

George Quick did the musical direction of the clever and upbeat musical numbers  and Lindsay Fussell did a really outstanding job choreographing the dance numbers.  The audience favorite, hands down, was the "Dancing Legs" number, but we  thought the tap dance number was especially good, particularly since we get to see so few tap dance numbers here.  The set design by the CTC''s new designer Sarah Miecielica is delightful and really workable with pieces moving quickly and almost noiselessly onto and and off the stage. Scott Dunlap's costumes were perfect.  And the six-piece orchestra really raised this show to another level of enjoyment and perfection.  The opening night audience gave the cast a long, well-deserved standing ovation.  Without a doubt the audience loved this show and laughed at every mention of "You'll shoot your eye out!"  There is a wonderful fantasy musical number "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!"

"A Christmas Story, The Musical" is one of the best original holiday offerings we have seen in quite awhile, and we would encourage all of you who are young and young at heart to see it at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre with performances through Dec. 22.  For tickets and times call the CTC box office at 267-8534.  It is the show that will banish the grinch and bring the holiday spirit into your hearts.

Lavender Love,

Sonia Young

Lee’s Opera Theatre To Perform April 27

Lee University’s Opera Theatre will present various scenes from well-known operas on Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. in Squires Recital Hall, located in Lee’s Humanities Center.  The performance will include scenes from operas such as “La Traviata,” “Carmen,” “Hänsel und Gretel” and “Die Zauberflöte,” among others. Opera Scenes will be performed in “workshop-fashion” with ... (click for more)

Hits 96’s Running Of The Chihuahuas 7 Announces Musical Lineup

Hits 96, WDOD-FM, will present six emerging artists at the 7th annual “Running of the Chihuahuas” on Saturday, May 3, at the First Tennessee Pavilion. In the past seven years, Hits 96 has used this platform to introduce up-and-coming artists that have gone on to career milestones such as headlining Riverbend and performing at Lollapalooza.   Performers in the past include: ... (click for more)

Shots Fired Durng Armed Robbery At Rossville McDonald's

Shots were fired during an armed robbery at the McDonald's on Rossville Boulevard on Friday morning. At approximately 6:15 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to a robbery at 4502 Rossville Blvd. at the McDonald’s.  Investigators discovered that two masked suspects entered the McDonald’s. One suspect fired a round into the ceiling and then ordered everyone to the ... (click for more)

Man Shot On East Henderson Drive; Suspect Sought

Chattanooga Police responded to 740 East Henderson Drive at approximately 9:02 p.m. on Thursday for a person shot.  Officers located a black male victim who was suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest. According to witnesses, the victim was in a physical altercation with multiple parties when a suspect fired at the victim striking him in the chest. The victim ... (click for more)

State Moving Forward In Educational Improvements

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education released the following statement from President and CEO Jamie Woodson regarding the 2014 legislative session in Tennessee and HB1549/SB1835, which passed the General Assembly Thursday: After a year of extensive public and legislative conversation regarding higher academic standards and related strategies to improve student learning, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Some Really Funny Tweets

I am not on Twitter so I don’t tweet. Difficulties with my right hand don’t even allow me to text and when you blend in the fact I am now a bonafide senior citizen, it is ample reason for me to live a life where I am lacking in what otherwise might be achieved through social networking. Twitter has done real well without me. It is one of the 10 most visited websites in the world; ... (click for more)