The Tennessean Preview: A Christmas Story

Pictured Jack E. Chambers and Megan Murphy Chambers. Photo by Michael Scott Evans Photographer

Pictured Jack E. Chambers and Megan Murphy Chambers. Photo by Michael Scott Evans Photographer

'A Christmas Story' unites acting couple for holidays

Amy Stumpfl | The Tennessean

Sometimes, it’s the simple traditions that make the holiday season so special. And as Nashville Rep gears up for it’s eighth annual production of “A Christmas Story,” real-life husband and wife Jack E. Chambers and Megan Murphy Chambers are happy to adopt the beloved comedy as part of their own holiday routine.

“We’ve worked on stage together many times, but this will be our first time playing a couple of ‘old marrieds’ in a full production,” says Murphy Chambers, who will be reprising the role of “Mother,” opposite Jack as “The Old Man,” in Jean Shepherd’s timeless tale of 9-year-old Ralphie and his quest for a Red Ryder BB gun.

“Jack’s really sort of the ideal person to play this role,” she says with a laugh. “He’s definitely got that old, crotchety, get-off-my-lawn vibe.”

Jack Chambers says he is eager to make his Nashville Rep debut, and particularly with such a fun show.

“My mother said it’s a shame my grandfather isn’t here to see me do it. This was one of his favorites, and in many ways, he really was the Old Man — the attitude, the language, the schemes.  So I love that.

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