If "A Christmas Story" has worn out its wry charm upon the 8,000th viewing, perhaps it's time to turn off the tube and catch a holiday show in the flesh. This year, local theaters are filling their stages with a French boarding school, a Welsh raconteur and a famous green grouch. It's enough to make Ralphie forget about his Red Ryder BB gun.
After flu hits the old house in Paris all covered in vines, it's up to Madeline to save the day in this musical about 12 little girls in two straight lines. Brunch with Madeline and Thalhimers' Snow Bear available on select Saturdays. Runs Nov. 30-Dec. 30 at Virginia Repertory Theatre at Willow Lawn, 282-2620. va-rep.org.
"Drifty's Polar Parade"
Join Drifty the Snowman in his 22nd original musical adventure with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Cowboy Jim and Pepita the Elf. Lunch included with ticket. Runs Nov. 26-Dec. 30 at Swift Creek Mill Theatre, 748-5203. swiftcreekmill.com.
"A Child's Christmas in Wales"
This new musical staged by Richmond Shakespeare adapts Dylan Thomas' classic holiday poem of the same name. Runs Nov. 29-Dec. 23 at Virginia Rep's Theatre Gym, 232-4000. richmondshakespeare.com.
"A Christmas Carol"
Randolph-Macon College continues its tradition of staging the Charles Dickens classic. Runs Dec. 7-13 at the Randolph-Macon College Center for the Performing Arts, 752-7316. rmc.edu/Academics/drama.
"Amahl and the Night Visitors"
In its 51st year, the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will stage this holiday operetta about a shepherd boy, his mother, and three visitors who change their lives forever. Dec. 9 at the Landmark Theater. 4 p.m., 646-5733.
"Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
The green meanie with a heart two sizes too small reprises his role for this Who-liday musical adaptation. Runs Nov. 27-Dec. 2 at the Landmark Theater, 592-3330. richmondcenterstage.com.