November 24 - December 23

A Christmas Story

Presented by: Florida Hospital
Produced by: Garden Theatre
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By Philip Grecian
Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros.
Written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark; and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd

Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm
Thursday, December 6 and December 13 at 2:00 pm

Sensory-Friendly Performance: Saturday, December 8 at 2:00 pm

A fun holiday treat for the entire family. Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker spends most of the winter dodging a bully and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift: a genuine Red Ryder BB Gun. Often at odds with his cranky dad but comforted by his doting mother, Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his hopes intact. Based on the humorous writings of Jean Shepherd and the motion picture of the same name, you’ll want to make this wonderful, nostalgic bit of Americana part of your family’s holiday celebration.

This show is appropriate for all audiences.

This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida. This project is funded in part by United Arts of Central Florida, home of OrlandoAtPlay.com and UAArtsEd.com.


cast & crew

Ralphie: Aidan Bangsund
The Old Man: Timmy Walczak
Mother: Laura Mansoori
Randy: Kenny Poole
Ralph: Brett Waldon
Miss Shields: Julie Snyder
Helen Weathers: Ryleigh Lawton
Flick: Parker Sims-Chin
Scut Farkas: JJ Humphrey
Esther Jane Alberry: Autumn Rae Shannon
Schwartz: Jason Fernandez

Artistic Director: Robb Winn Anderson
Director: Patrick Braillard
Scenic Designer: Timothy Dygert
Lighting Designer: Bert Scott
Costume Designer: Jolene Richardson
Sound Designer: Anthony Narcisco
Properties Designer: Sarah Allen
Wig Designer: Julie Daniel
Production Stage Manager: Linda Romanello
Assistant Stage Manager: Blue Estrella
Lighting Programmer / Master Electrician / Light Board Operator: David Clenney
Master Carpenter: Mark Sansing
Assistant Carpenter: Thomas Rivera
Scenic Artist: Ruth Wilson
Production Manager: Jason Golinsky
Technical Director: Jim Zervas
Front of House & Company Manager: Debbie Sansing


“Wonderful show! Great title for the entire family. So much fun to see the movie come to life on stage with some added surprises!!!” – Garden Guest

“The production was cute, well done, and an enjoyable addition to our holiday celebrations.” – Garden Guest

“Very enjoyable performance. Love the small town theatre atmosphere. Cast was great!” – Garden Guest


“Whether veteran viewer or newbie, the Garden’s “Christmas Story” is fine representation of the tale… Timothy J. Dygert’s set admirably re-creates a house of the time period. Bert Scott’s lighting virtually shimmers with a holiday glow. The kids are cute, and Julie Snyder has a memorable turn as Ralphie’s margin-loving teacher.” – Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

A Christmas Story Gently Revives Ghosts of a Holiday Past: Orlando Sentinel

Garden Theatre Takes Christmas Classic to the Stage: West Orange Times

Sensory Show

Join us for our sensory-friendly performance of A Christmas Story on Saturday, December 8 at 2:00 pm.

Our sensory-friendly performances are designed for children, families, and adults with sensory sensitivities, autism spectrum disorder, or other special needs. Appropriate changes will be made to this performance to create a welcoming and safe space for all in attendance.

Questions? Call the Box Office at 407-877-4736 ext. 0.

What makes this performance sensory friendly?

  • Reduced sound levels, especially loud and surprising noises.
  • House lights will remaining half lit.
  • Relaxed house rules…
  • Staff, ushers, and volunteers to assist guests.

Click here for our Sensory-Friendly overview of the Garden Theatre experience: << Overview: Going to the Theatre >>