Georgia Shakespeare, Oglethorpe’s professional theatre in residence, welcomed the 2010 holiday season with one of its most highly anticipated shows of the year, A Christmas Story. Adapted by Philip Grecian and directed by Drew Fracher, the play is a theatrical take on the 1983 comedy film of the same title.
A Christmas Story follows a determined Ralphie, (played on stage by 13-year-old Cooper Driskell) during the days leading up to Christmas. His only wish for the holiday is to unwrap the coveted “Officical Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model BB Rifle with a Compass in the Stock.” Ralphie is faced with several obstacles during his journey, including a mother who disapproves of his Christmas wish, a school bully, and the dreaded phrase, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”
The play ran December 7-26 at the Conant Performing Arts Center.
Atlanta native Cooper Driskell (left) played Ralphie in Georgia Shakepeare’s stage adaptation of A Christmas Story, a role made famous by actor Peter Billingsley (right).
Meet Cooper in Georgia Shakespeare’s fun video interview below!