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Can your kid play Ralphie? Fox launches search for 'A Christmas Story' star

Can your kid play Ralphie? Fox launches search for 'A Christmas Story' star

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Fox has issued "a nationwide digital casting call" for a boy to play Ralphie Parker, the young lead in "A Christmas Story." A live production of the musical, which is  based on the beloved movie and Jean Shepherd book and played the Fox Theatre in St. Louis in 2014, will air Dec. 17.

Here's what the network has to say, including instructions for digital auditions:

“Ralphie” is a bright, but not precocious, nine-year-old boy whose only dream is to get a Red Ryder Range Model Carbine Action BB Gun for Christmas. Auditions for the role are open now through Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.

Submissions will be accepted digitally only via castittalent.com/A_Christmas_Story.

Candidates, ages 9-12, should express strong singing and dancing capabilities and be able to anchor the live three-hour production. As part of the audition, candidates should submit a video performing the original songs “Red Ryder BB Gun” and “Before the Old Man.”

From Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television, the three-hour live television event, inspired by the holiday classic feature “A Christmas Story” and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” will be executive-produced by award-winning film, television and theater producer Marc Platt (“Grease: Live,” “La La Land”).

The epic adaptation will be filmed at the historic Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.

 Emmy Award nominee Maya Rudolph (“Saturday Night Live,” “Bridesmaids”) will star as the mother of nine-year old “Ralphie Parker.”

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, recent Tony Award winners for the musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” and lyricists of “La La Land’s” Academy Award-winning song, “City of Stars,” also scored “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” and will compose several new songs for the live television event, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary (“Grease: Live”) adapting the book.

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Gail Pennington is the television critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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