A Christmas Story

By The Royal Theatre (other events)

8 Dates Through Dec 17, 2023


Royal Players presents

“A Christmas Story”

December 7th-10th and December  14th-17th, 2023

Enjoy Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the 1940s Midwest

Sponsored by Everett Buick GMC, A Christmas Story, written by Phillip Grecian and directed by Matthew Burns, comes to the Royal Theatre at 111 S. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas on December 7-17th.  A Christmas Story is Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the 1940s Midwest. This tale follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, teacher and even Santa Claus himself at Higbee's Department Store. The persistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!" Other elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold flagpole; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas Story is destined to become Saline County’s favorite holiday event this year.

Dates and Times

Performances are December 7th – 10th  and December 14th – 17th.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening performances (December 7, 8, 9,14, 15 and 16) will begin at 7:00pm

Sunday matinees (December 10 and 17 ) will begin at 2:00pm.

Tickets can purchased at

Ticket Information

This show is designated as assigned seating. Please check your seating assignment BEFORE completing your purchase.  You will need to be on the desktop version of ticketleap to be able to select "choose your own seats" otherwise your seats will be randomly assigned and may not be grouped together.  We are unable to transfer tickets to an alternate seat or to a different date once you have purchased, we are only able to offer you a refund.  For accessible or special needs seating, please email [email protected] or call 501-315-5483.  Ticket prices are $15 General; $12 Seniors 60+, members of the military, and college students with valid ID; $8 Child (12th grade and under).

To purchase tickets visit

Creative Team and Cast 

Matthew Burns directs a cast that includes Josh Farmer as Ralph, Thomas Duch as Ralphie, Summer Brinley as Mother, Ben Wright as The Old Man, Nicholas Walters as Randy, Ashley Merrill as Miss Shields,  Jovie Byrd as Esther Jane, Lucy Farmer as Helen, Griffin Taylor as Flick, Brayden Armstrong as Schwartz, Beau Goldthorpe as Scut Farkus, Frankie Goldman as Desperado 1/Ensemble, Nate Palmer as Desperado 2/Ensemble,  Jonathan Armstrong as Santa/Ensemble, Quinton Cavanagh as Radio Voice, Emma Hicks as Ensemble, Haven Barnard as Ensemble, Madi Campbell as Ensemble and Avery Wagnon as Ensemble. Production staff includes Michelle Anderson as Production Assistant, Daphne Shoppach as Producer, and Susie Goldman as Parent Liaison. 

A Christmas Story is rated family friendly. Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

 Safety Protocol

Face coverings are recommended for all patrons not fully vaccinated but not required.Ticketing is now a contactless transaction. 

Location & Contact Information

Email:  [email protected] 


111 N. Market

Benton, Arkansas 72015

501.315.5483 (Theatre)

                                      Special thanks to the Benton A&P Commission for their support.



Seating will be assigned by row and seat number at the time of your purchase.  Please review your seating assignment BEFORE you checkout.   Sales are limited to 10 tickets per transaction.

Please print your tickets and bring them with you to expedite check in. 

If you need special needs seating or a wheelchair space, please contact [email protected] or call 501-315-5483.

If you buy your tickets using a MOBILE DEVICE or touch screen, your tickets will be assigned by "best available" for the section you select. To choose your own seats on the seating chart, you must use a laptop, desktop computer or the desktop version of the webpage.  If your seats are not together (see the notification message in the pics) it is because there aren’t that number of seats together in your selected section.  If you purchase seats that aren’t together and this isn’t going to work for you, we will be able to refund your purchase, but will not be able to move your seating assignment.

Refund Policy:  Refunds may be requested up to 24 hours after purchase by sending a request to [email protected]

Due to present circumstances surrounding COVID-19, this event status is subject to change. In the event of cancellation, you will receive a full refund; we're working to ensure you have options in the event of postponement or rescheduling. Seating at the theatre is at full capacity and social distancing cannot be guaranteed. Masks are recommended but are not required.  Concessions will be available before the performance and during intermission. If you have any symptoms of COVID, such as fever or chills, sore throat, cough, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, or diarrhea, etc. please do not attend. Royal Players, Inc., does not assume liability. By purchasing tickets, you agree to assume full liability for any risks incurred before, during, and after the event.

Mailing Address

P. O. Box 1743 Benton, AR 72018