November - December 2021 Holiday Issue of ViewOn Magazine

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Highlight Your Holidays at Tuacahn by Lisa Larson

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or many people, it’s a story synonymous with the holiday season—right up there with the nativity. Well, maybe it’s not quite that high on the list, but there are plenty of people who simply cannot imagine celebrating Christmas without the story of Ralphie and his quest for a Red Ryder BB gun.

This season, at Tuacahn Center for the Arts, you don’t have to choose between the two. Beneath the twinkling lights and towering red rock canyon, patrons can enjoy both the pinnacle story of the birth of Jesus Christ in the outdoor amphitheatre and the heart-warming musical version of A Christmas Story inside the Hafen Theatre. Both are part of Tuacahn’s Christmas in the Canyon. “Tuacahn is just an incredible place to be for the holidays,” said Mara Greer, director and choreographer for A Christmas Story—the Musical.

Based on the 1983 film, A Christmas Story, the musical stage version comes to life at the hands of Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Joseph Robinette in a way that Greer said “really enhances the original story.”

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“The music just brings so much more,” Greer said, adding that Ralphie’s fantasies naturally lend themselves to musical theater. “The musical keeps the reality of their world, but expands even more into the fantasy sequences.” It also offers additional insight into the lives of Ralphie’s mom and dad. “It’s truly a story everybody can relate to,” Greer said. “It’s a story about a middle-class family who is just trying to get by and do everything they can to give their kids a great life.” From that perspective, Greer said that were it not for the word “Christmas” in the title of the musical, this is a production that could easily be performed and enjoyed year-round. “While it is set at Christmas, it’s really a show about family,” she said. And keeping in line with all the magic of Christmas, Greer added that the show is very family-friendly.


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