"A Christmas Story" - Philip Grecian - The Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut at the Bradley Playhouse (Putnam, CT.)

Theatre Of Northeastern Connecticut, Inc. 

at the Bradley Playhouse 



Adapted for the stage by Philip Grecian 

Based on the 1983 motion picture written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and on the book "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" by Jean Shepherd.

Directed by Madeline Jaaskela and Jeremy Woloski

Cast Includes: Robert Ellis as "Ralph"; Jacob Seaman as "Ralphie"; Roy Simmons as "Old Man"; Maegan Kelley as "Mother"; Jeffrey McAteer as "Randy"; Adelaide Beams as "Esther Jane"; Ri'Niyah Couillard as "Esther Jane"; Eva Ferreira as "Helen"; Melanie Garcia as "Helen"; David Evan Bellman as "Flick"; Paetyn Middleton as "Schwartz"; Caleb Hanley as "Scut Farcus/Black Bart"; Jim McAnneny as "Santa Claus/Tree Lot Owner/Delivery Man"; Christine Crugnola Petruniw as "Miss Shields."

Ensemble/Elves - Melanie Garcia, David Evan Bellman, Ri'Niyah Couillard, Paetyn Middleton, Caleb Hanley, William A. Alexson, Amy Ferreira, Jeremy Woloski.

Additional Creative Team:

Stage Manager - Marissa Phaneuf; Assistant Stage Manager - William A. Alexson; Artistic Committee Liaison - William Corriveau; Production Manager - Jeanne Foley; Production Coordinator - Kathleen Atwood; Set Design - Jeremy Woloski; Set Painters - Anna Kate Werge, Ella Woloski, Jeremy Woloski, Roy Simmons, Sandra Shepard, David Abbamonte, Shannon Middleton, Jaelyn Middleton, Maegan Kelley, Alan Jaaskela, Will Alexson, Amy Ferreira, Eva Ferreira, Christine Crugnola Petruniw, Jim McAnneny, Madeline Jaaskela; Costumers - Paisley Gothreau and Anna Kate Werge; Costume Consultant - Teal Griswold; Makeup - Anna Kate Werge, Jessica Galeckas and Isabella Nichisti; Props - Bonnie Theriault and Melinda Collelo; Lighting and Sound Design - Jeremy Woloski; Light Operators - Jeremy Woloski and Evan Bellman; Sound Operator - Jeremy Woloski and Amanda Bellman; Spotlight Operator - David Abbamonte; Stage Crew - Elyse McAteer, Christopher McAteer, Ella Woloski and Caleb Hanley; Set Construction - David Abbamonte, Sandra Shepard, Jim McAnneny, Ollia Harrison, Shawn Harrison, Marissa Phaneuf, Timothy Hubbard, Roy Simmons, Jen Beams, Wladimir Petruniw, Christine Crugnola Petruniw, Akan Jaaskela, Madeline Jaaskela and Jeremy Woloski; Photography - Alan Marcus; Volunteer Coordinator - Cindy Beckman; Business Manager - Kristi-Lyn Sadosky. 


December 1, 2023 through December 17, 2023

(Contact Box Office for Exact Times) 

THE BRADLEY PLAYHOUSE, 30 Front Street (Route 44) in Putnam, CT.  


All seats reserved. Reservations may be made with a major credit card online at www.thebradleyplayhouse.org or by calling 860-928-7887.   


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"A CHRISTMAS STORY" is a full-length holiday comedy by Philip Grecian

Based on the movie of the same name, Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest of the 1940s. 

"A CHRISTMAS STORY" follows young Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. 

(Photo: Christine Crugnola Petruniw as "Miss Shields" and her students (left to right, front to back): Ri'Niyah Coullard as "Esther Jane," Eva Ferreira as "Helen," David Evan Bellman as "Flick," Adelaide Beams as "Esther Jane," Paetyn Middleton as "Schwartz," Melanie Garcia as "Helen" from "A CHRISTMAS STORY" playing at the Bradley Playhouse in Putnam, CT. through December 17, 2023. Photo Credit Alan Marcus) 

Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself at Higbee’s Department Store. 

The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!”  

All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; outrageous pink bunny pajamas; the infamous leg lamp; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more.  

(Photo: Maegan Kelley as "Mother," Jacob Seaman as "Ralphie," Jeffrey McAteer as "Randy," Roy Simmons as "The Old Man" and Robert Ellis III as "Ralph" from "A CHRISTMAS STORY" playing at the Bradley Playhouse in Putnam, CT. through December 17, 2023. Photo Credit Alan Marcus) 


THE BRADLEY PLAYHOUSE is a 117 year-old vaudeville theatre in the heart of the Putnam antiques and restaurant district in the “Quiet Corner” of Northeastern Connecticut.  Since 1991, THE BRADLEY PLAYHOUSE has been managed by the volunteers of The Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut, Inc. (TNECT).  


TNECT produces eight main season shows per year and a number of special fundraising events for The Bradley Playhouse Restoration Fund. TNECT’s mission is to produce and sponsor quality theatre and entertainment for the residents of Northeastern Connecticut and the surrounding areas, to encourage the development of creativity through the support of local artists, and to support education and hands-on experience in the creation, direction, and production of theatre and the performing arts.


30 Front Street

P.O. Box 71

Putnam, CT 06260-1942