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'You'll shoot your eye out!' to see this Christmas cult classic on stage at Holy Heart

"We did It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and the next logical one was A Christmas Story."

A Christmas Story is a must-watch for many people during the holiday season

No members of the cast shot their eyes out during rehearsal. From left to right: Noah Davis Abraham, Sophia Ryan and Cameron Johnston

Throw on your pink bunny pyjamas and get the glue — a stage adaptation of the holiday classic A Christmas Story is at Holy Heart Theatre.

The play, based on the classic 1983 movie starring Peter Billingsley as nine-year-old Ralphie, is a production of the Holy Heart Performing Arts program, which has mounted a Christmas play three years running.

Watch the students bring a short scene to life in the CBC NL studio. 

A Christmas Story comes to Holy Heart

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It's a crucial part of the holidays for some

"We wanted to do something different every year," said artistic director John Rao.

"We did It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and the next logical one was A Christmas Story."

The cast members, who are high school students completing the performing arts certificate at Holy Heart, hadn't all seen the 35-year-old movie. Sophia Ryan, who plays Ralphie's mother, watched it after she was cast and said it holds up.

"I watched it and I loved it," she said. "It's hilarious."

I've never had more fun on stage.- Noah Davis Abraham

The movie, based on Jean Shepherd's 1966 book, In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, was only a modest success, but developed a cult following over the decades for its BB-gun-blasting, flag-pole-licking, lady-leg-lamp hijinks.

Since 1997, Turner Broadcasting channels have run a 24-hour marathon of the movie every Christmas. 

Noah Davis Abraham, who plays Ralphie's father in the Holy Heart production said the play is true to the movie.

In the 1983 holiday cult classic A Christmas Story, a kid named Flick, left, portrayed by actor Scott Schwartz, gets his tongue stuck to a frozen pole after being triple-dog dared to lick it. (MGM/UA Entertainment)

"I've probably never had more fun on stage than my made-up strings of endless swears," he said.

A Christmas Story is on stage for three performances, including Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and evening at the Holy Heart Theatre.

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