Simmons Pioneer Theatre Company: “A Christmas Story”

This semi-autobiographical story, originally written by author and radio personality Jean Shepherd and adapted for the stage by Philip Grecian, is about a boy named Ralphie and his quest for the Christmas gift of his dreams: an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle.

Mason Johnson, who plays Ralphie, and PTC Artistic Director Charles Morey guest on Studio 5.

Salt Lake’s major regional theatre is located appropriately enough at the top of Broadway (300 South) and 1400 East. A fully professional theatre in residence at the University of Utah, Pioneer Theatre Company produces a seven-play season running from September through May, including a mixture of classics, large-scale musicals and contemporary dramas and comedies.

Over the past ten years the theatre has developed a reputation for Broadway-quality productions, including mounting Utah premieres as well as regional theatre premieres. Notably, Pioneer Theatre Company was the first regional theatre in the country to earn the rights to produce Les Misérables, the closing musical of the 2006-2007 season. Running for a record 82 sold out performances, Les Misérables cemented PTC’s reputation as a theatre capable of producing large scale, difficult productions.

“A Christmas Story” takes center stage Dec 4-19 with Monday thru Thursday performances at 7:30 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Saturday matinees at 2 PM.

Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre is located at 300 south 1400 East in Salt Lake

For tickets and more information on A Christmas Story or other upcoming events with the Pioneer Theatre Company, call (801) 581-6961 or go online to

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