Dec 23 - 28, 2014:
•Tues-Wed: 10am, 12pm & 2pm
•Fri-Sat: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
•Sun: 1pm & 3pm
Nov 27 (Thanksgiving Day)
Dec 25 (Christmas Day)
Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends (including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster) take the stage in what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution describes as a “holly-jolly holiday adventure for theater-goers of all ages.” You won’t want to miss it!
Behind the Scenes of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer®
Director's Note On December 6, 1964, I saw the original TV special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Right off, I could identify with Rudolph and Hermey. Rudolph’s exclusion in the reindeer games and
Hermey’s non-conformity rang so very true to me that I felt this story was being told exclusively for me through the TV set. And, it was for me and for millions of other kids. Millions have seen this
wonderful production over the years and have been inspired by the empowering message of self-acceptance and respect for others.
By bringing this loving recreation of one of my favorite stories of all time to the stage, I know that, just as I was touched so deeply by the original production back in ’64, we can reach many, young
and old, through the magic of a great story told within the imaginative medium of live puppet
theater where all the puppetry, voices and singing are done live by the puppeteers.
Enjoy the show!
~ Jon Ludwig, Artistic Director
About the Puppeteers
Dolph Amick (Sam, Yukon Cornelius, Tall Elf), feels extremely thankful and blessed to be at the Center for Puppetry Arts spending the holidays with the hilarious cast and stage manager of Rudolph. In 2014 he wrote and produced the CD Peas on Earth for Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre, performed in Weather Rocks!, Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat and Charlotte’s Web (Center for Puppetry Arts), composed and recorded the score for Shake a Tale Feather with Mother Goose (Center for Puppetry Arts), and was musical director for Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s production of Pump Boys and Dinettes. In 2015 he will return to the Center for Puppetry Arts to perform in Paul Bunyan and the Tall Tale Medicine Show and to develop the musical score for a new show. Other current projects include writing two stage musicals and trying to convince his two-year-old to stop shinnying out of his crib after bedtime. He sends his love to his adorable wife, Kara, and his beautiful son, Valentine, whom he’s sure Santa Claus will visit despite the whole crib thing.
Mandy Mitchell (Clarice, Misfit Doll, Boy Elf) is excited to be back at the Center for Puppetry Arts for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Previously you may have seen her in Weather Rocks! and Shake a Tale Feather with Mother Goose. Trained at Salem State University, Mandy has played roles ranging from children’s theatre favorites (Frog and Toad, Junie B. Jones, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) to the contemporary musical theatre canon (9 to 5, [title of show],The Fantasticks). Originally from Boston, Mandy has had the pleasure of working up and down the east coast and has called Atlanta home for the past 4 years. During her days Mandy is Head Teacher at Legacy Studios teaching Acting, Music and Dance to the next generation of performers. Thank you so much to Jon, Gillian, the amazing creative team and this fabulous cast for such an amazing holiday experience!
Lyndsay Ricketson (Mrs. Donner, Hermey, Girl Elf, Spotted Elephant) is delighted to have her Center for Puppetry Arts debut in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Other credits include: Pump Boys and Dinettes (Rhetta), Beauty and the Beast (Beauty), Shrek: the Musical (Peter Pan), Christmas Canteen 2013, Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit), Sweeney Todd (Johanna Barker), and Little Women (Beth). Lyndsay received her B.A. in Musical Theater from Berry College. Special thanks to my family and friends for their ceaseless support, and to my husband, Lowrey, for being my fellow ‘misfit!’ ~ Discover your noblest dreams within the cathedral of your heart.~
Brian Harrison (Santa, Fireball, King Moonracer, Charlie-in-the-Box) is very happy to be in Christmas Town this season! Brian was recently on stage in the Center for Puppetry Arts production of Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat and Charlotte's Web. Look forward to seeing Brian in future productions and have a very merry Christmas!
Amy Sweeney (Head Puppeteer -- Rudolph, Mrs. Claus) is elated to be in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for the fifth year. Her past Center performances include Charlotte's Web, Stan the Lovesick Snowman, Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, The Adventures of Mighty Bug, The Tortoise, the Hare, and other Aesop's Fables, The Little Pirate Mermaid, The Adventures of Little Noodle, The Ugly Duckling, Cinderella Della Circus, Rainforest Adventures, and Dinosaurs. She has also puppeteered for Haverty Marionettes, The City of Orlando Puppetroupe, Am-Jam Productions, Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater, and Walt Disney World. Big hugs to her fellow puppeteers Brian, Mandy, Lyndsay, Seth, and Dolph. Thanks to Jon and Gillian! Big smooches to her Snow Monster Tim and love to Mom and Dad!
Tim Sweeney (Boss Elf, Donner, Comet, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster™) is thrilled to be back for a fifth year in Christmastown. Past Center performances include Stan the Lovesick Snowman, Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, Brer Rabbit and Friends, The Adventures of Mighty Bug, Space!, The Little Pirate Mermaid, Peter Pan, Rumpelstiltskin, Aladdin, Rainforest Adventures, Cinderella Della Circus, and The Ghastly Dreadfuls. In addition, he has performed in various touring shows with Swazzle in California. Huge hugs and smooches to my wife, Amy (she's cude!) and our newest addition Elora.
Directing Intern Kristen Lyttle
Understudy Seth Langer
Stage Manager Gillian Wilson
Music arranged and performed byJohn Cerreta Musical direction by Wesley Morgan
Puppet Designer Jason von Hinezmeyer
Scenic Designer Kat Conley
Choreographer Ricardo Aponte
Lighting Designer Liz Lee
Projections Artwork Ted Murphy
Projections Animator Wes Parham
Projections Engineer Mike Post
Sound Designers Gregory Montague
Kristin von Hinezmeyer
Executive Producers for Character Arts:Jonathan Flom and Bob Penola