Staying at an Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association inn during the holidays offers guests easy access to Western North Carolina’s plentiful seasonal activities. Helping visitors prepare for the days leading up to Dec. 25, the Flat Rock Playhouse in neighboring Henderson County offers a particularly appealing treat with its production of A Christmas Story.
Based on the classic 1983 film of the same name, itself adapted from the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd, the play brings 1940s Indiana to humorous, heartfelt life. The tale is that of young Ralphie Parker, whose desire for an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range mold BB rifle with a compass in the stock dominates his yuletide. During the long wait for the big day of presents, he traverses such obstacles as an overprotective mom, whiny brother, unhelpful teacher, foul-mouthed prize-obsessed dad, neighborhood bully, and sadistic department story Santa, not to mention triple-dog dares involving frozen flagpoles.
The show runs Dec. 4-22, Wednesdays through Sundays, and tickets are $35 with discounts for seniors, AAA members, military personnel, students, and groups. Start times are at 2 and 8 p.m., depending on the day. Call the Playhouse box office at 828-693-0731 for more information to plan your entertainment-filled outing from your Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association inn of choice.