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RANDY COMES HOME TO A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE FOR THE SUMMER
CLEVELAND – May 20, 2010 – A Christmas Story House will have a special guest this summer. Actor Ian Petrella, who played Ralphie’s little brother Randy in the holiday classic A Christmas Story, will “come home” to live in A Christmas Story House and serve as its tour guide. Ian’s “homecoming” will be during the months of July and August. Ian will serve as a special tour guide interacting with visitors and recounting his firsthand experiences at the house during the filming of the movie in 1983.
Fans of the movie will remember little brother Randy for his I-can’t-put-my-arms-down snowsuit, his role as Mommy’s little piggy and his hiding place under the sink when “Daddy’s going to kill Ralphie!”
“I am really looking forward to meeting and interacting with the fans,” Petrella said. “I hope that by being there I can make their trip to the house more memorable and special, even if that means crawling back under the kitchen sink to help them relive the movie.”
Petrella, 35, of Los Angeles, was only eight during the filming of the movie but remembers the experience vividly. After acting, Petrella transitioned to a career in puppetry and animation. An early supporter of A Christmas Story House, Petrella was the first to loan items to the museum, participated in the grand opening of the house and has returned to Cleveland several times to appear at A Christmas Story conventions and other house-related events.
In addition to giving tours, Ian also will write a blog about his experiences living in A Christmas Story House on www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com. Ian is available for interviews both on and off site to discuss his return to A Christmas Story House, memories of making the movie and his endeavors since.
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A Christmas Story House & Museum through a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products operates both as a venue and retailer of officially licensed merchandise and 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. 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.