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Nicholas Piper and Justin Tyler Lewis to reprise their roles in <em>A Christmas Story</em> at Barter Theatre.

Nicholas Piper and Justin Tyler Lewis to reprise their roles in A Christmas Story at Barter Theatre.

Barter Theatre adds A Christmas Story to 2013 season

July 1, 2013

Barter Theatre announces it is bringing the smash hit A Christmas Story back for the 2013 Christmas season. It was one of the highest attended shows in Barter's 80-year history, only out sold by "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" and "The Wizard of Oz."

Due to overwhelming popular demand, A Christmas Story will replace A Sanders Family Christmas on Barter's main stage and run Nov. 22 through Dec. 29.

Barter is also excited to announce that Justin Tyler Lewis will reprise his role of Young Ralphie, and Nicholas Piper will return as Adult Ralphie. The complete cast will be announced at a later date.

Replacing one show with another is a major change for Barter Theatre. Officials believe that it is a good move, because since January, Barter has been getting calls asking for the return of "A Christmas Story."

"Patrons want us to bring the show back because they want to see it again and bring friends this time," said Lori Hester, director of patron services. "Listening to our patrons is extremely important to us."

The play has all the favorite moments of the iconic movie: the school bully, the bunny suit, the triple-dog-dare tongue on the flagpole and the iconic leg lamp.

"The show sold quickly last year, so we advise everyone to get tickets early for the best seats so they don't miss out," said Hester.

Tickets are on sale now, and A Christmas Story will play all dates and times previously listed for A Sanders Family Christmas. Barter's website already reflects the update.

For more information on Barter Theatre's season or "A Christmas Story" visit BarterTheatre.com or call 276-619-3343.