Three children from the eastern suburbs made the cut for parts in a "A Christmas Story," a play based on the motion picture that debuted in 1983 and has since become an American holiday classic.
Hunter Metnick, 8, a third-grader at Fayetteville Elementary School, Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School fifth-grader Tristan Tierney, 11, and seventh-grader Danny Mulvihill, 12, play Randy, Schwartz and Farkus, respectively - characters the audience can't help but love in the film and on stage.
The story takes place in the 1940s and is narrated by the main character Ralphie, an adult who recalls Christmas time as a child.
"What happens, I think, is that audiences are not just enjoying the story but they're transported back to a time when they had that sense of innocent desire," said director Seth Gordon. "I think the play is great fun, but by the end I think [the audience] is moved by that memory as well."
With the play now into its third week of performances, the Eagle Bulletin interviewed the young actors about their experiences on and off stage, as well as their background and hopes for a future in acting.
"A Christmas Story" runs through Thursday Dec. 30 in the Archbold Theatre at Syracuse Stage. For ticket and schedule information, call 443-3275 or visit SyracuseStage.org.
What experience do you have in acting?
Hunter: I went to Syracuse Stage when I was 4 and did the "Little Mermaid." Since then I have done two T.V. commercials and some print ads.
Tristan: I have performed with Syracuse Children's Theater for two years. I was Chad in "High School Musical 2" and Loud Prince Frank in "Doo Wop Wed Widing Hood."
Danny: I have attended the Manlius Pebblie Hill Summer Acting programs since I was in kindergarten and it inspired me to keep at it.