Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Arrives at Riverside Theatre

Riverside Theatre for Kids will present live performances of the classic television musical on the Stark Stage on December 2 and 3

Photo courtesy Riverside Theatre
Photo courtesy Riverside Theatre

Riverside Theatre for Kids will present a live performance of the classic television musical, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, December 2 and 3, on the Stark Stage. The December 2 performance will take place at 5:30 p.m., and the December 3 productions will take place at 1 and 5:30 p.m.

Based on the animated television special adapted from the classic story by Robert L. May and songs by Johnny Marks, this hour-long stage show features a script adaptation by Robert Penola.

“We’re excited to be presenting this family classic live on stage,” said Kevin Quillinan, director of Riverside Theatre Education and of the production. “With all of the treasured songs we know and love, our production will feature 30 talented young actors on stage who will bring this beloved story to life.”

Because of his shiny nose, Rudolph doesn’t feel like he belongs in Christmastown and sets off to find a place that accepts him. Along his journey, he encounters fellow misfits, only to realize that home is where he has belonged the whole time. When a storm threatens to keep Santa’s sleigh from taking flight, it’s up to Rudolph to save Christmas. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.

The original television special first aired on December 6, 1964, and has aired every year since. In fact, the stop motion animation special narrated by Burl Ives is the longest continuously running Christmas television special in the United States. For its Fiftieth Anniversary in 2014, the United States Postal Service issued a series of postage stamps featuring Rudolph.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 772-231-6990 or online.

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