Santa tells all: Nic Casaula is Santa in “A Christmas Story” at RBTL
The musical A Christmas Story is coming to RBTL’s Auditorium Theatre in time for the holidays. The EC talked to cast member Nic Casaula.
What do you enjoy most about playing Santa in A Christmas Story? What is most challenging?
What I enjoy most about playing Santa in ‘A Christmas Story’ is getting to inhabit this larger than life character…with a little twist! Growing up, my favorite scene from the movie was following Ralphie as he nervously shuffles up to Santa, his inner monologue working overtime, psyching himself up to ask the Saint Nick for that one item he really, truly wants: an official Red Ryder Carbine Action 200 Shot Range Model Air Rifle. Suffice to say, to get to play the big man himself is an honor!
The most challenging aspect of the role is how big the shoes are to fill – literally and figuratively! If you remember one thing from that movie, it’s Santa’s iconic line: “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”
What can audiences expect? Is it a play for children or for all ages?
Audiences can expect the story they know and love from the film paired with a full scale Broadway production! The show takes classic scenes from the film and enriches them, bringing them to life with a wonderful score.
The play is perfect for the whole family, and you will find all your favorite moments. And I mean everything: the tongue stuck to the flagpole, Ralphie’s pink bunny pajamas, the Bumpus hounds wreaking havoc….plus all the incredible musical numbers!
Where is your hometown and how did you get started in theatre?
I’m from is Eastport Long Island in Suffolk county, which is on the South shore of the island. I first started in theatre by re-enacting movies with my cousin Bea: she would be the director and boss me around and I would play all of the parts. We would go into my playroom create a set and rehearse then invite my mom and aunt to watch our show! Our favorite to do was Batman…and thanks to a repurposed Halloween costume I even had his cape.
When I was 13 I was able to take my first acting class at the Gateway Playhouse, and I’ve been hooked ever since!
How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa Claus?
Stop? I still do!
Anything you’d like to add?
I am so excited to be sharing one of my favorite Christmas movies with audiences across the country this year, and I hope we add some extra Holiday cheer to all those who come and see our show!
Nic Casaula (Santa) is filled with holiday spirit to be joining A Christmas Story! Favorite credits include Julius Caesar (The Public- Shakespeare in the Park), Flashdance (Jimmy- USA/International tours), White Christmas (Phil- Prather). Thanks to ATB, Alison, Mom and Big League for this adventure! IG @NicCoolKidCasaula