Crittenden Youth Theatre presents ‘A Christmas Story’

Holiday musical offers family fun at the RiverPAC

By Ralph Hardin

Get out your Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle … but don’t shoot your eye out, kid! Just get for Crittenden Youth Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Story: The Musical.” CYT and DeltaARTS are bring their adaptation of the beloved family-friendly holiday favorite that plays in heavy rotation during the holidays to the stage for three performances this Thursday and Friday. The RiverPAC at the West Memphis Civic Auditorium will play host for the all-ages show, Thursday at 12:30 and 7 p.m., and a final show Friday, at 7 p.m. Last year’s major production, “Shrek: The Musical, Jr.” was a crowd favorite, playing to packed houses. This year’s show, which centers around a young boy named Ralphie and the hijinks that ensue as he tries to convince his mother and everyone else that a BB gun is the perfect Christmas gift. The musical is was written for the stage by Joseph Robinette, with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and is based on the movie written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark. The RiverPAC Civic Auditorium is located at 220 W. Polk, in West Memphis. Tickets are available at the door, $12 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under. The show is sponsored by State Representative Deborah Ferguson and Dr. Scott Ferguson. John McFerrin is director, with music direction by Barry Bates. Katie Brick is Stage Manager and Jamie Stokes is in charge of choreography. For more info call Alex Smith, DeltaARTS Executive Assistant/Youth Theatre Coordinator, at (870) 732-6260, or inquire via e-mail at


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