All year-long, the nonprofit 5th Avenue Theatre Association presents live musical theater in an exquisite, Chinese-inspired space in downtown Seattle. During this month, though, a particularly lovable holiday tale comes to the stage as a way of celebrating the festive season.
Through Tuesday, Dec. 30, A Christmas Story: The Musical delights spectators of all ages; extremely talented kid actors and playful dogs that race across the stage will appeal to young viewers, while older audience members will take note of a gorgeous stage set and the warming nostalgia found in the piece's plot and dialogue. (After all, it was this story that forever changed our thinking about the word fragile.)
The infamous pink bunny suit takes center stage — Photo courtesy of Mark Kitaoka / 5th Avenue
During this vibrant show, based on the motion picture, the 5th whisks viewers away to 1939 Indiana, where a bespectacled boy, Ralphie, carries a vivid imagination and just one "simple" wish for Christmas – a Red Ryder BB Gun. Song and dance bring the quirky scenes to life.
As described by the theater: "A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. A Christmas Story: The Musical is holiday entertainment that captures a simpler time in America, with delicious wit and a heart of gold."
After experiencing the show firsthand, we couldn't agree more.
The talented performers of 5th Avenue dazzle audiences young and old — Photo courtesy of Mark Kitaoka / 5th Avenue
The 5th Avenue Theatre is renowned as one of the nation’s leading musical theater companies, especially for its production and development of new works. Since 2002, the company has produced 17 new musicals. To date, nine – including hit Disney’s Aladdin – have moved on to Broadway premieres, earning a combined 15 Tony Awards, including two for Best Musical for Hairspray and Memphis.
The theater has also made waves for its lauded productions of musicals pulled from the contemporary canon and the Golden Age of Broadway. While the productions are consistently top-notch quality, the venue itself justifies a visit, too, thanks to a unique, Chinese-inspired design. Be sure to gaze skyward at the jaw-dropping ceiling!
The exquisite theater opened in 1926 as a venue for vaudeville and film. These days, under the leadership of Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong, Managing Director Bernadine C. Griffin and Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry, the venue attracts an annual attendance of more than 300,000.
The 2015 season gets off to a rockin' start with Sing-A-Long A Sound of Music in January, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel in February and Jaques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, with dates from March though May.