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Catch Ralphie at Rogers Little Theater and the Daisy Airgun Museum

Posted by Mel Lockcuff on Tue, Dec 02, 2014

What to do in Northwest ArkansasThe Christmas season is here! That wonderful, magical time of the year. We love attending a good play or show. Over the years we’ve seen plays like It’s a Wonderful Life, Mary Poppins, and Seussical the Musical. We’ve had some great times in the theater.

This Christmas, Rogers Little Theater is putting on the production, A Christmas Story. Playing at the beautifully historic Victory Theater in the heart of Downtown Rogers, you can now see your favorite Christmas movie played out on the stage with talented actors and actresses from the local area.

A Little History

Don’t you love a good story? I love learning how venues have become the places they are today. The Victory Theater actually opened in December 1927. I don’t know about you, but I picture ladies and gents strolling into the theater on a cold, frosty night to settle down for dinner and a play. Over the years, it served as both a movie and vaudeville theater. In the early 1970’s, unfortunately, the theater was forced to close its doors. Then in 2008, the city of Rogers purchased the theater, with help from the Wal-Mart Foundation, donations, and volunteers. Now it’s the home of Rogers Little Theater.

Rogers Little Theater is a group of volunteer actors, actresses, and more. They’ve performed plays like Annie Get Your Gun, Driving Miss Daisy, Steel Magnolias, Peter Pan, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, Grease, Annie, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof, and more.

What to do in Northwest ArkansasDecember 5-7 and 11-14, you can catch the performance of A Christmas Story. I’m going out on a limb here, but I’ve never seen the entire movie! I know, I know… Oh, I’ve seen bits and pieces, read about it, heard all about it; I know the basic storyline. But I’ve yet to see the entire movie. Yep, this is my year to watch it with my boys…or maybe I’ll just go see the play. Jean Shepherd’s memoir will come to life on stage with Ralphie and his determination to somehow score a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas.

Details for Your Visit to Rogers Little Theater 

You can purchase tickets to A Christmas Story for $17, $48, or $60, depending on your seating preferences. Show times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 2pm. The theater is located at 116 S. Second St. in Rogers.

Dinner seating is available, though service does end 10 minutes before the show begins. There is balcony seating but no elevator, so the balcony is only accessible by stairs. All seating downstairs is handicap accessible. The theater welcomes children 5 years and older.

Daisy Airgun Museum

What to do in Northwest ArkansasIf you still can’t get enough of A Christmas Story, you can always pay a visit to the Daisy Airgun Museum in Downtown Rogers, just up the block from Rogers Little Theater.

Take a self-led tour through the museum, and you’ll learn the history of the company through photos, displays, collectibles, memorabilia, and more. They have a special display dedicated to Ralphie and A Christmas Story, including the iconic leg lamp.

My favorite displays included items from my own childhood and items from my parents’ years growing up. I’m not sure if my dad owned a Red Ryder, but I’m almost certain he probably did. To this day, he loves his Westerns. The images and artwork from that time, the 40’s on up through my own growing up years, just brought back so many memories, whether from stories told or memories made. 

At the end of the tour, you’ll find a Gift Shop and Factory Outlet Store, where you can purchase guns, safety equipment, targets, BB’s, collectible Daisy and Red Ryder memorabilia, postcards, and more.

Details for Your Visit to Daisy Airgun Museum

The Daisy Airgun Museum is located at 202 W. Walnut St. in Rogers. They are open Monday through Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Admission is $2 per person for adults; children under 16 are free. Admission is payable at the gift shop as you leave.

We highly recommend a visit to the museum. Whether you’re a history buff or a gun enthusiast or even a lover of the outdoors, the museum will take you back in time, on a journey through the history of Daisy and their amazing story.

Have you seen A Christmas Story? What’s your favorite thing about the story?

Mel behind tree headshotMel is a wife and homeschool mom to 2 boys, as well as a lifestyle/travel blogger and freelance writer residing in Northwest Arkansas. Mel blogs at MamaBuzz. You can also find Mel on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Topics: Family-Friendly, Art & Theatre