Stepping Out

PYT stages Ralphie's pursuit of Red Ryder

Lyn Flaim Healy, Spotlight Moments Photography
The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “A Christmas Story” features, clockwise from bottom left, Emily Mitchell (as Flick), Grace Gormley (Ralphie), Luca Chondros (Randy) and Diya Gupta (Schwartz).

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Story” – a musical version of the 1983 movie – is slated to open Saturday and run through Nov. 19 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Set in the 1940s, the comedy follows young Ralphie Parker, who desperately wants a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas and plots ways to ensure that Santa Claus will make his dream come true.

PYT’s version is not only based on the movie, but also on Jean Shepherd’s 1966 novel “In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash” and the Broadway musical of “A Christmas Story” that debuted in 2012. The musical received three Tony Award nominations the next year. It features songs and staging by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the Academy Award-winning team behind the movie “La La Land.”

Meg Fischer Venuti directs PYT’s production and also serves as choreographer and vocal director.

Performances are scheduled 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sunday, with a pair of school-time shows set for 9:30 a.m. Nov. 16 and 17.

Tickets are $24 general admission, $20 educators and $18 seniors/children (ages 12 and under).

For tickets and more information, call 903-6000 or visit

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