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FORT LEE, Va. – The title alone shouts, “The holidays are here!”

Opening Nov. 12 at 8 p.m., “A Christmas Story” is the next on-stage offering of the Lee Playhouse theater group. In addition to the opening show, performances are set for Nov. 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m., and November 14, 21 and 28 at 3 p.m. All performances are open to the public. The Lee Theater is located at 1100 Mahone Avenue, building 4300.

“A Christmas Story” is a musical based on the beloved 1984 film.  Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the story follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts, an official Red Ryder, carbine-action, 200-shot, range model air rifle.

Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, “You’ll shoot your eye out,” Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here – Ralphie’s friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the visit with Santa Claus; and many others.

Keeley Maddux returns to the Lee Playhouse stage in the role of Ralphie. Featured in the adult roles are Greta Francy, Charles Wissinger, Michael McClain, Mike White and Jennifer Lent. All of the performers are volunteers.

The play director is Joe Pabst. The music director is Samson Trinh. Choreography is under the direction of Emily Berg-Poff Dandridge. The creative team also includes Thomas Hammond, costume design; Frank Foster, scenic design; Matthew Landwehr, lighting design; and John Redling, sound design. The production stage manager is Leah White.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for youth. For reservations or further information, call the box office at 804-734-6629 or 720-0163. Regardless of vaccination status, all individuals must wear masks in the theater to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

As a reminder to off-post individuals who plan to attend a performance and have not accessed Fort Lee before, there is a vetting requirement for first-time visitors. To receive pre-vetting assistance from the Theater Company, call the box office manager at 804-720-0163 no later than four days prior to the day of the performance you’re planning to attend. Individuals also can complete vetting on their own at the Visitor Control Center near the Lee Avenue Gate. For additional details, visit home.army.mil/lee/index.php/about/visitor-information.