Riverside for Kids presents Rudolph Jr.

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Riverside Theatre for Kids presents a live performance of the classic television musical, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,with performances December 2 & 3, 2022 on the Stark Stage. 

Based on the animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” adapted from the 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 this production and Director of Riverside Theatre Education.  “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 at least once a year since then. The stop motion animation special narrated by Burl Ives is the longest continuously running Christmas TV special in the United States. For its 50th Anniversary in 2014, the United States Postal Service issued a series of postage stamps featuring Rudolph.

The Riverside Theatre production features: Cristal Aparicio (Mrs. Claus), Emma Canipe (Elf 2), Jackson Colontrelle (Mr. Donner), Ava Cook (Dolly), Ivy Cunningham (Bumble), Jamin Dunham (Boss Elf), Ivy Engel (Hermey), Quincy Frandsen (Charlie-in-the-Box), Evie Fusselman (Elf 4), Claire Haller (Fireball), Lilia Hayes (Elf 1), Sebastian Holbrook (Elf 3), Kerry Keeney (Aviator Elf), Lydia Lewis (Spotted Elephant), Brieyana Miranda (Sam), Carlee Miranda (Santa Claus), Grace Murdy (Bird-Fish), Ellie Palm (Rudolph), Liam Perkel (Clarice’s Father), Maggie Rankin (Train), Pittman Rankin (Coach Comet), Sadie Rankin (Yukon Cornelius), Kamara Simon (King Moonracer), Morgan Thompson (Reindeer 3), Emily Tuttle (Reindeer 1), Isabella Vargas (Mrs. Donner), Casey Watkins (Clarice), Esme Weston (Plane), Ella Whitelock (Reindeer 2), and Jenna Wickre (Cowboy).

In addition to Director Quillinan, the creative team includes: Deborah Quillinan (Music Director), Jenna Houck (Scenic Designer), Anna Hillbery (Costume Designer), Fiona Govin (Lighting Designer), Samantha Hopewell (Sound Designer), Emily Luongo (Props Designer) and Amy Bowman (Stage Manager).

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer performances take place on the Stark Stage on:

Friday, December 2 @ 5:30pm and Saturday, December 3 @ 1pm & 5:30pm

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

Riverside Theatre is located at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963. Riverside Theatre programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Riverside Theatre is a member of the Cultural Council of Indian River County, the Indian River Chamber of Commerce, and the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce.

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