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Peter Billingsley to Executive Produce ‘A Christmas Story’ Musical

December 3rd, 2010 by Ralphie

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Peter Billingsley — star of 1983’s A Christmas Story — has signed on to executive produce the musical adaptation of the film.

A Christmas Story has always meant a lot to me personally,” says Billingsley, who played 9-year-old Ralphie Parker. “I’m excited to bring this film to the stage because the story and the characters lend themselves so well to the world of musicals.”

With previews beginning Wednesday at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre (and running Dec. 9-30), A Christmas Story: The Musical! will remain loyal to the film adaptation of Jean Shepherd’s short stories and includes an original score from Broadway composing duo Benj Paske andJustin Paul.

After gaining household recognition as the Red Ryder BB Gun-seeking hero, Billingsley went to work behind the camera to produce such films as 2006’s The Break Up and 2008’s Four Christmases. He most recently made his feature-length directorial debut on 2009’s Couples Retreat.

“I am honored to be a part of this project and look forward to bringing the play to more stages,” says Billingsley. “Just think about the idea of a leg-lamp kickline.”

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My Village Pictures

November 29th, 2010 by Ralphie

My friend found your website while looking for a Christmas Story piece. I haven’t been able to get off the site since. I thought I would submit the pictures of my village.

Jaron Elkins

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‘A Christmas Story’ actors, including Ian ‘Randy’ Petrella, to be part of Cleveland convention

November 19th, 2010 by Ralphie

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by Julie Washington, The Plain Dealer

Many Hollywood actors keep their fans at arm’s length. Not Ian Petrella, who played little brother Randy Parker in the classic movie “A Christmas Story.” Petrella, 36, has been living in A Christmas Story House in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood since June, and plans to stay through the holidays, shaking hands, sharing stories and admiring the leg lamp in the front window.

He and other actors from the movie will be special guests at the “A Christmas Story”Convention held at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel and A Christmas Story House and Museum Friday through Sunday, Nov. 28.
“Helping to keep this movie alive is why I came back,” Petrella said.

Many Hollywood actors keep their fans at arm’s length. Not Ian Petrella, who played little brother Randy Parker in the classic movie “A Christmas Story.” Petrella, 36, has been living in A Christmas Story House in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood since June, and plans to stay through the holidays, shaking hands, sharing stories and admiring the leg lamp in the front window.

He and other actors from the movie will be special guests at the “A Christmas Story”Convention held at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel and A Christmas Story House and Museum Friday through Sunday, Nov. 28.
“Helping to keep this movie alive is why I came back,” Petrella said.

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A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE & MUSEUM HOSTS A CHRISTMAS STORY CONVENTION IN CLEVELAND

November 1st, 2010 by Ralphie

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A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE & MUSEUM HOSTS
A CHRISTMAS STORY CONVENTION IN CLEVELAND

“A Christmas Story” Convention to take place Nov. 26-27

CLEVELAND – Nov 1, 2010 – A Christmas Story House & Museum presents “A Christmas Story” Convention on Nov. 26-27 (Thanksgiving weekend) in Cleveland. The event features a reunion of actors from the movie and numerous other events related to the movie.

“A Christmas Story” Convention will bring “A Christmas Story” fans (known as Ralphies) to Cleveland where many exterior scenes of the movie were filmed. Cleveland is also the location of A Christmas Story House, the home featured in the film that was restored to its original movie appearance and opened to visitors Thanksgiving weekend four years ago. In addition to the Parker family home, guests can tour the museum to see original movie props and costumes, including Randy’s “I-can’t-get-my-arms-down” snowsuit, and visit the gift shop to take home their own major award (a leg lamp) and other movie-related items.

The majority of convention events will take place at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Other activities, like taking your best shot at the BB gun range (weather permitting) and rides on the original fire truck from the movie (weather permitting), will occur at A Christmas Story House. The celebration and convention coincides with Winterfest, an annual festival that kicks off the holiday season in Cleveland.

Highlights of this year’s convention include:
· Appearances by seven of the original cast members, including Ian Petrella (Randy), Scott Schwartz (Flick), Tedde Moore (Miss Shields), Zack Ward (Scut Farkus), Yano Anaya (Grover Dill), Patty Johnson (Head Elf) and Drew Hocevar (Male Elf)
· An after party cocktail reception with the cast members
· A live commentary as the movie plays about the production of A Christmas Story by actor Ian Petrella (Randy)
· The feature of a documentary: “The Untold ‘Christmas Story’” about the making of the movie and the phenomenon it has become
· Character look-a-like parade were fans dress up as their favorite “A Christmas Story” character to win a “Major Award” prize
· Rides in the original fire truck used in the movie from Flick’s famous tongue-on-the-flagpole scene with proceeds benefiting the Chippawa Volunteer Fire Department of Niagara Falls, Ontario, which owns and maintains the fire truck

“A Christmas Story” premiered around Thanksgiving of 1983. It starred the late Darren McGavin as The Old Man and Peter Billingsley as Ralphie who famously pleaded for a Red Ryder BB gun, although everyone assured him he would only shoot his eye out. The film became a holiday favorite years after its theatrical release and is celebrated annually on cable with a daylong marathon.

For more information on “A Christmas Story” Convention,” including a schedule of events, hotel packages and convention tickets, visit www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com.

A Christmas Story House & Museum is located just five minutes from downtown Cleveland at 3159 W. 11th St. in the Tremont neighborhood. It is open year-round on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. From Nov. 24 through Dec. 31, the house is also open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours of the house run every 30 minutes. Regular admission tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children (ages 7 to 12) and free for children ages 6 and under. For more information or for directions, visit www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com or call 216-298-4919.

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CONTACT:
Angela Dickerson
216-255-6651
adickerson@achristmasstoryhouse.com

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A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE GOES GRISWOLD AND LAUNCHES NEW RETAIL WEBSITE DEDICATED TO NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION STARRING CHEVY CHASE

September 20th, 2010 by Ralphie

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CA CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE GOES GRISWOLD AND LAUNCHES NEW RETAIL WEBSITE DEDICATED TO NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION STARRING CHEVY CHASE

CLEVELAND – Sep. 20, 2010- A Christmas Story House announced today it has “Gone Griswold” and launched Christmas Vacation Collectibles, a new e-commerce website at www.ChristmasVacationCollectibles.com dedicated exclusively to collectibles from the holiday classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation starring Chevy Chase.

The new site features an array of collectibles and prop replicas from the movie.  Among the items featured on the site are the ever-popular Marty Moose Mugs that Clark Griswold and Cousin Eddie used to toast their eggnog.  Also available are Marty Moose Mug themed shot glasses and key chain ornaments.

“The idea for the site came from last year’s 20th Anniversary Salute to Christmas Vacation when we A Christmas Story House was decorated Clark Griswold style with thousands of white lights,” said Brian Jones, President and CEO of A Christmas Story House, Inc.  “The Marty Moose Mugs we carried as part of the salute were so popular with fans we decided to carry them and other products permanently on a dedicated site.”

Those looking for apparel will find a variety of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation theme t-shirts and replica Griswold Chicago Blackhawks Jerseys worn by Clark during the movie complete with the name “Griswold” and the numbers “00” across the back.

The site will also soon offer a miniature replica of the Advent House Calendar that was used in the movie to show the passage of time during the Griswold Family Christmas as well as a lighted miniature replica of the Griswold House that Clark decorated with 25,000 lights.

Products on the site are officially licensed through Warner Bros. Consumer Products and the National Hockey League with many of the products being exclusive to the site.

The order fulfillment center for Christmas Vacation Collectibles will be co-located with A Christmas Story Online Gift Shop in North Olmsted, Ohio. (www.AChristmasStoryGiftShop.com)

A Christmas Story House & Museum is located just five minutes from downtown Cleveland, Ohio at 3159 W. 11th St. in the Tremont neighborhood. It is open year-round on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information or for directions, visit www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com or call 216-298-4919.

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CONTACT:
Angela Dickerson
216-255-6651
adickerson@achristmasstoryhouse.com

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A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE GETS ONE LEG UP ACQUIRES COMPETITOR

September 20th, 2010 by Ralphie

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CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE GETS ONE LEG UP ACQUIRES COMPETITOR


CLEVELAND – Sep. 20, 2010 – A Christmas Story House, Inc. recently acquired the One Leg Up Leg Lamp Company, a leading independent Leg Lamp retailer and manufacturer. Included in the acquisition are the One Leg Up website, all assets and inventory as well as the exclusive right to retail Limited Edition Signature Series Leg Lamps.

The combined company will operate under the A Christmas Story House name and be based out of A Christmas Story House’s Cleveland, Ohio headquarters.

One Leg Up, which was featured in the 20th Anniversary DVD of A Christmas Story, was founded by Joe Egeberg of Daytona Beach and has been retailing and manufacturing Leg Lamps since 1994.  Egeberg is leaving the seasonal leg lamp business to concentrate on his primary business as a broker for Yacht Brokers of Daytona (www.DaytonaYachts.com).

A Christmas Story House will now be the exclusive retailer of Limited Edition Signature Series Leg Lamps which showcase a base plate that is signed by the five kids appearing in A Christmas Story: Ralphie (Peter Billingsley), Randy (Ian Petrella), Flick (Scott Schwartz), Schwartz (R.D. Robb), and Scut Farcus (Zack Ward). All signatures are original and are signed above the engraved name of the actor and the character they played. Each lamp comes with a certificate of authenticity and Major Award certificate.

“Joe Egeberg and I have both shared an affinity for the fun business of being leg lamp salesmen,” said Brian Jones, President and CEO of A Christmas Story House, Inc.  “One Leg Up was the original manufacturer of replica leg lamps and we are happy to have their tradition of originality and excellence become part of A Christmas Story House.”

A Christmas Story House & Museum is located just five minutes from downtown Cleveland at 3159 W. 11th St. in the Tremont neighborhood. It is open year-round on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information or for directions, visit www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com or call 216-298-4919. A Christmas Story Online Gift carries a wide array of memorabilia and collectibles related to A Christmas Story. For more information, visit www.AChristmasStoryGiftShop.com or call 216-255-6651.

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CONTACT:
Angela Dickerson
216-255-6651
adickerson@achristmasstoryhouse.com

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See You All in November

August 29th, 2010 by Randy Parker

See you all in November. Thanks for the good times. Oink!

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My Time is Coming to an End

August 20th, 2010 by Randy Parker

Oh man. It has been a long 11 weeks. As my time comes to an end, I just want to thank all that have made the trip to see the house, and thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have one more week to go, and I am tired. Looking forward to some time off.

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Happy Birthday Jean

July 26th, 2010 by Randy Parker

Happy Birthday Jean.

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Happy Birthday Jean!

July 25th, 2010 by Randy Parker

Tomorrow is Jean Shepherd’s Birthday. Please keep him in your thoughts. EXCELSIOR!!!!!!!

Jean Shepherd A Christmas Story

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