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Forget the fourth wall!

Syracuse Stage actors will relate directly with audiences for "A Christmas Story," the stage remake of the popular 1983 film based on a story by Jean Shepherd. Individual actors will appear for a "Prologue" - Q&A sessions with audience members - one hour before each curtain.

On opening night, Friday, Dec. 3, director Seth Gordon will conduct the Prologue at 7 p.m. On Saturday Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. Pat Nesbit, who plays Ralphie's teacher, will meet audience members, and at 7 p.m. it'll be Elizabeth Ann Townsend, who plays Ralphie's mom.

Nesbit, who must be an early-riser, is back in the saddle at 1 p.m. Sunday Dec. 5, while Charles Kartali, who plays Ralphie's old man, is featured at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 8 and at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Dec. 9.

Starring Nicholas Deapo as Ralphie, "A Christmas Story" runs through Dec. 30. For a complete list of Prologue appearances and ticket information, visit syracusestage.org.

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