Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer lights up the Center for Puppetry Arts through December 31

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Center for Puppetry Arts
Photo Credit Clay Walker

There are just some things that make Christmas complete!  One of our family’s musts is Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.  Whether we are watching it on tv or heading out to a play featuring those lovable characters, my family can’t miss Rudolph.  It wouldn’t be Christmas without a few reindeer games! With a performance so bright, some might even say it glows! Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ is flying to the Center for Puppetry Arts once again this holiday season! The classic tale will be presented in the Mainstage Theater, November 7 – December 31. The holiday spectacular was adapted by Jon Ludwig and is directed by Tim Sweeney. Based on the timeless 1964 stop-motion animated television special, this must-see show is a favorite for all ages. Rudolph the Red Nosed-Reindeer™ is filled with adventure, friendship and bound to bring joy to all this bright and merry season!

My family recently had the opportunity of getting our hearts ready for the approaching holiday season by seeing the Center for Puppetry Arts bring this classic to life through puppets!  One thing that I just could not stop admiring was how character like the puppets were!  Guess what?  They were even made at the Center!  Every time I would gaze upon the stage, I seriously was in awe of the skills of the puppet builders and puppeteers.  They are truly amazing!  I seriously felt like the movie was playing out right before my eyes!

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Center for Puppetry Arts
Photo Credit Clay Walker

Patrons will watch in wonder as the North Pole truly comes to life through the use of rod and body puppets meticulously designed by the Center’s Resident Puppet Builder Jason Hines and constructed by the Center’s team of puppet builders. Puppeteers Dolph Amick, Nikolas Carleo, Brian Harrison, Emily Marsh, Kathryn O’Shea and Anna Claire Walker create the magic of the classic tale on stage.

Sam the Snowman™ will once again narrate the beloved tale of unlikely friendship formed among Rudolph™, Hermey the Elf™, Yukon Cornelius™ and all of the magnificent misfit toys. While narrowly escaping the grips of Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster™ and braving perilous blizzards, their journey is sure to warm hearts as the friends learn the importance of being true to one’s self and accepting others along the way. Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerTM is recommended for ages 4 and up.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Center for Puppetry Arts
Photo Credit Clay Walker

All-inclusive tickets to all shows also include entrance to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop™, where guests can make and decorate their own King Moonracer™ Rod and String Puppet, as well as admission to the Worlds of PuppetryMuseum.

The show schedule is as follows:

  • November 7-19:
    • Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
    • Saturday: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
      *Reduced-price previews November 7 & 8
  • November 21-26:
    • Tuesday: 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
    • Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
      *The Center will be closed on Thursday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving Day
  • November 28-December 10:
    • Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
    • Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (special 5 p.m. show on December 10 only)
  • December 12-24:
    • Tuesday-Wednesday: 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
    • Thursday-Friday: 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
    • Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
      *The Center will be closed on Monday, December 25 in observance of Christmas Day
  • December 26-31:
    • Tuesday-Wednesday: 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
    • Thursday-Friday: 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
    • Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Center for Puppetry Arts

 

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While you are there, you have got to check out the Worlds of Puppetry Museum.  It is such a fascinating area of the museum where you can see all kinds of puppets from throughout the ages.  Within the museum, there are several spots for great pictures and hands-on activities for the little ones to enjoy.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Center for Puppetry Arts

Don’t forget to stop by the Create-A-Puppet Workshop.  This season you can make your own King Moonracer Rod and Strong Puppet.  Children and adults can then on over to the Center’s classroom stage to perform with their puppet!

Tickets prices vary by date, and start at $9.25 (Members) and $19.50 (nonmembers); all-inclusive tickets include admission to the show, the Worlds of Puppetry Museum (with the largest collection of Jim Henson puppets and artifacts in the world as well as a Global Gallery) and entrance to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop™. Tickets can be purchased online at www.puppet.org or by calling 404.873.3391.

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