Dec 24 - 29, 2013:
•Tues-Fri: 10am, 12pm & 2pm
•Sat: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
•Sun: 1pm & 3pm
Nov 28 (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), musician and actor, offers you the heartiest of holiday WAAAHOOOOOO!!s. Recent work includes performing in Almost Heaven: John Denver's America (Georgia Ensemble Theatre) and the Suzi Bass Award-nominated trio of shows The Adventures of Mighty Bug, Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat, and Brer Rabbit & Friends (Center for Puppetry Arts).; composing the theme for the webseries Retroblasting (retroblasting.com/); and producing a CD of songs about health and fitness for Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre. He also performs with beloved Renaissance-rock act Three Quarter Ale, and is working on the first CD from his band burndollies. Thanks and love to his Center for Puppetry Arts family for all the laughs and support, and love and Merry Christmas to his magnificent wife, Kara, and to his own little Bumble, Valentine.
Reay Kaplan (Clarice, Misfit Doll, Boy Elf) has been a professional actor and puppeteer in Atlanta since 1999. In addition to performing in over 20 productions at the CPA, her work has been seen at Synchronicity Theater, The Alliance Theater, Haverty Marionettes, Dad’s Garage, and 7 Stages, most recently as The Long Woman in 7 Stage's sold-out production of "The Navigator." Along with live performing, Reay is a Teaching Artist at the CPA and her voice can be heard narrating audio books from time to time. "Much love and thanks to the cast and crew, as well as loads of love to my elves: Ethan and Eliza."
Eliana Marianes (Mrs. Donner, Hermey, Girl Elf, Spotted Elephant) studied Theater Studies and English at Emory University, and is delighted for her debut with the Center. She has performed with Georgia Shakespeare Festival, ART Station, Aurora Theater, Stage Door Players, Out of Hand Theater, the Legacy Theatre, Synchronicity Theater, Georgia Ensemble Theater, Theater Emory, the Emory Dance Company, and Théâtre du Rève (in Atlanta and France). She is grateful to Jon for investing in and developing her puppeteering instinct, and sends big love to the cast and crew for this incredible journey. As always, love to her family and to The Walrus. Cheers to the misfits!
Chaz Pofahl (Santa, Fireball, King Moonracer, Charlie-in-the-Box) is excited to be making his debut with the Center for Puppetry Arts. He was last seen in Atlanta as Dr. Seward in 7 Stage's world premiere of Dracula: The Rock Opera. Rudolph marks his seventh production of 2013, including The Music Man, Tick,Tick, Boom!, La Ronde, Joseph..., Red Badge of Courage, and The Secret Garden. He would like to thank Jon and everyone at the Center for welcoming him to the family. Check him out online at chazpofahl.com.
Amy Sweeney (Rudolph, Mrs. Claus) is elated to be back in Christmastown with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Her past Center performances include 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, Adventures of Little Noodle, The Ugly Duckling, Cinderella Della Circus, Charlotte’s Web, 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 thanks to Jon and Gillian and the rest of the Rudolph Cast. Big kisses to her "Bumble" Tim Sweeney! Love to Mom and Dad.
Tim Sweeney (Boss Elf, Donner, Comet, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster™) is thrilled to be back for another year in Christmastown. Past CPA performances include Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat, Brer Rabbit & 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 huzzahs to everyone involved in this spectacular production, especially my sweet, sweet wife, Amy."
Performance Intern Seth Langer
Stage Manager Gillian Wilson
Music arranged and performed byJohn Cerreta Vocal arrangements byWilliam Shuler Musical direction by Robert Strickland
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 Designer Kristin von Hinezmeyer
Assoc. Sound Designer Gregory Montague
Executive Producers for Character Arts:Jonathan Flom and Bob Penola