*motion picture distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and upon “In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash” written by Jean Shepherd

Produced with permission of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Dalfie Entertainment


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Directed by Janie Scott

Musical Direction by Amanda Ku

Choreographed by Janie Scott


Read the Show Program

Read the show guide for A CHRISTMAS STORY: The Musical, courtesy of StageAgent.com, the leading online resource for theatre artists and fans.  Learn about the show’s context, authors, plot, and characters.


Performance dates: November 9 - 24, 2019 (preview November 8)


Ticket Prices: $27-$57 (Discounts for Seniors, Educators, Patrons under 30, and Military available for all performances except Preview Night Friday, November 8)


Age Recommendation: Kid friendly. Every person entering the theatre must have a ticket. No children under age three will be admitted to the theatre.


Approximate Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.


Parking Advisory: During A CHRISTMAS STORY: The Musical, as part of ongoing construction at the Lucie Stern Community Center, our main parking lot spaces have been reduced and getting around the parking lot from Middlefield Road has also been impacted. Additionally, handicap accessible parking spaces at the Lucie Stern Community Center have been moved to slightly different locations. For those with mobility issues, we recommend using the drop-off area at the front of the Lucie Stern Community Center. We advise allowing at least 20 extra minutes to park and walk inside. Our friendly neighbors at Walter Hayes Elementary School (1525 Middlefield Rd.) and Trinity Lutheran Church (1295 Middlefield Rd.) have kindly opened their parking lots to us, but you may need to use street parking. Please also consider carpooling and services like Lyft and Uber.


All performances are held at the:

Lucie Stern Theater

1305 Middlefield Road

Palo Alto, CA 94301

In cooperation with the City of Palo Alto, Community Services Department, Division of Arts and Sciences


For more information including details about parking, wheelchair access, and listening devices, visit our Plan Your Visit Page. For more information about our 2019-20 season, please visit our 89th Season Page HERE.




Opening Night AfterGlow Party

Saturday, November 9

Enjoy a post-show champagne reception with drinks and appetizers while meeting the cast, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for that evening’s performance.


Post-Show Director/Cast Talkback

Thursday, November 14

Enjoy our Talkback series with Director Janie Scott and members of the cast following the performance, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for any performance during the run.



Family Giving Tree


CAST (in order of appearance)

Jean Shepherd: Shawn Bender

Ralphie: Joshua Parecki

Mother: Gwyneth Price Panos

Randy: Antonio Elias

The Old Man: Michael Rhone

Schwartz: Misha Seeff

Flick: Neal Sampson

Esther Jane: Madeleine Chen

Mary Beth: Sadie Evans

Scut Farkus: Tristan Howard

Grover Dill: Connor Dean

Miss Shields: Juliet Green

Fantasy Villain: Zendrex Llado

Delivery Men: Daniel Cardenas, Arjun Sheth

Policeman: Daniel Cardenas

Fireman: Arjun Sheth

Doctor: Michael Cai

Nurse: Crystal Adams

Flick’s Mother: Jennifer Petersen

Mrs. Schwartz: Kayvon Kordestani

Santa Claus: Joey McDaniel

Chief Elves: Emily Schmeichel-Frank, Daniel Cardenas

Goggles Kid: Isaac Moore

Waiters: Michael Cai, Zendrex Llado

Waitress: Jennifer Petersen

Carolers: Crystal Adams, Michael Cai, Naomi Evans, Jennifer Petersen, Michael Saenz, Emily Schmeichel-Frank

Adult Ensemble: Crystal Adams, Michael Cai, Daniel Cardenas, Naomi Evans, Kayvon Kordestani, Zendrex Llado, Kathryn Petak, Jennifer Petersen, Michael Saenz, Emily Schmeichel-Frank, Arjun Sheth

Kid’s Ensemble: Brynn Ayoob, Madeleine Chen, Marlowe Ephron, Sadie Evans, Isaac Moore



Director: Janie Scott

Music Director: Amanda Ku

Choreographer: Janie Scott

Scenic Designer: Patrick Klein

Lighting Designer: Rick Amerson

Costume Designer: Naomi Arnst

Properties Designer: Margaret Deng

Hair/Makeup Designer: Gwyneth Prince Panos

Sound Designer: Brandie Larkin 

Sound Supervisor: Jeff Grafton

Stage Manager: Philip Jacke

Master Electrician: Herb Evans

Technical Director and Production Manager: Scott Ludwig

Production Coordinator: Megan Bartlett

Artistic Director: Patrick Klein



Conductor & Keyboard: Amanda Ku

Drums: Brietta Greger

Percussion: Niles Flynn & Chris Pun

Bass: Rafael Zepeda

Reeds: Asa Stern, Rene Canto-Adams, Sean Gumin

Trumpet: Chris Wilhite

Trombone: John Fitzhugh, Ken Rydeen


TERMS AND CONDITIONS Show times are at 7:30pm on Thursdays, 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2pm on Sundays. For ticket services, call 650-329-0891. All sales are final; there are no exchanges or refunds. However, season subscribers may exchange at no charge when applicable. Our box office can help you become a season subscriber—and get special perks like exchanges and discounted tickets. Will call: Tickets are available for pickup at the box office will call window one hour prior to show time. Tickets via U.S. mail: If requested, tickets can be sent via USPS mail up to seven days prior to the show date; there is a fee for this service. Palo Alto Players has two price levels, PRIME and VALUE; see the seating chart. If you have accessible seating needs or need assistance, please call our box office at 650-329-0891.