“You’ll shoot your eye out”. It’s a classic line from the Christmas classic, A CHRISTMAS STORY. Adapted from the screenplay by Philip Grecian, our AWHS Theater Ensemble treated the audience to two nights of humor and theatrical silliness as it kicked off its 2018 -19 season with this beloved Christmas yarn. The play follows the yearnings of Ralphie Parker who desperately wants for THE Christmas gift a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Whenever Ralphie shares his holiday quest, he is repeatedly met with the refrain:”You’ll shoot your eye out” by family and friends – even his teacher! The rifle does appear under the tree. Ralphie, however, suffers a series of mishaps leading to Christmas morning and the unwrapping of his gift, only to be followed by a mishap when he finally puts his hand on the trigger.

The cast did a stellar job in telling Ralphie’s story. Senior Sebastian Joseph handled his mammoth amount of dialogue with aplomb. Justin Tallulato was the Ralphie who makes us laugh and perhaps cringe a bit. Senior Mike Zachariah, junior Nick Mariani and sophomore Jillian Gobbi brought the Parker family to life with all their quirks. A large supporting cast composed of middle schoolers and veteran high school actors took the stage with confidence knowing they were ready to do justice with this American classic. And no performance gets applause without the hard work of The Crew pulling curtains, throwing spotlights, adjusting sound, changing scenery and getting props on stage. And no performance looks good without the efforts of the Stage Crew that paints and swing hammers and puts in countless hours to recreate the times and mood on stage. The directors, Mrs. DeRosa- Coakley, Ms Donnelly and Mr. Martin were happy to work with their cast giving students the opportunity to hone their talents while enjoying the process of putting on a show. Parent volunteers Mr. Becca, Mr. Bolduc and Mr. Marcotte supported our school mission to live community in all different ways with their contributions to the success of the play. Luckily no one broke a leg and happily the iconic leg lamp made an appearance for all to enjoy.