NORTH BEND - Christmas is already swinging into high gear at the Liberty Theatre. The cast and crew of "A Christmas Story – The Musical," have been rehearsing since September and are excited to bring this spectacle of sights and sounds to the stage in North Bend.

The story is a familiar one: Ralphie Parker’s quest for an official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot range model air rifle has been given a new life with the addition of catchy songs and dance numbers (featuring a leg lamp kick-line). Iconic scenes from the movie are in the musical; the old man’s major award, the flag pole incident, “pink nightmare” and all.

A Christmas Story – The Musical is Aymée Pedder’s directorial debut with Little Theatre on the Bay. Carve some time out of the hustle and bustle and let LTOB take you back to the 1940’s, when a BB gun cost about $2.00. These performances run Dec. 8–17, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for children (12 and under).

Little Ole Opry's Country Christmas 2017

Start the holiday season with a dose of wonderful singing, dancing and hijinks by the Opry comedy team at the Liberty. The Opry live band accompanies the performance and the audience will be singing along with Christmas classics and tapping their feet to the fast-paced dancing as the Little Ole Opry brings you "Home for the Holidays."

Directed by Shirley Kintner and Becky and Les Engle and sponsored by Ticor Title and Shannon Mason, Christmas Opry will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3, at LTOB. Tickets are $16 each and are available online at thelibertytheatre.org, by calling the box office at 541-756-4336 or showing up one hour before showtime the day of the show. The box office also is open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Donate and Dash

Come have breakfast with LTOB and see what's happening at The Liberty Theatre. The public is invited to enjoy the fun from 7-8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, for free coffee from Ciccarelli’s and Pancake Mill pastry and don’t forget to donate to Phase III of restoration of this historic theatre. Hear the kids from "A Christmas Story" sing, get tours of the theatre construction and bring your checkbook to get a year-end tax deduction!

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Your support of the restoration of this historic theatre will make it more “user-friendly” for both the kids and the audiences who love to watch them. After nearly 100 years of service, the lobby must be modernized and updated, which includes double front doors to make it easier to enter the building, and renovating the snack bar to make it more convenient.

LTOB wishes to thank Eric of Engles Furniture, who graciously furnished the new family room with two lounge chairs, a table and lamp to help parents and caregivers who need to calm a crying baby during rehearsals and performances.

The ongoing restoration project will ensure North Bend’s 92-year-old Liberty Theatre’s role as a cultural hub of the community will continue. Preserving and protecting it will be in time for the centennial celebration of the building’s opening scheduled for spring 2024. The Little Theatre on the Bay is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is "to cultivate the arts in Coos County."

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