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Volume 26, Number 12 — December 2018

Arts Calendar

Touring musical is stage adaptation of highest rated Christmas TV special of all time

Date(s):  December 11, 2018
Venue: Niswonger Performing Arts Center
212 Tusculum Boulevard
Greeneville, TN 37745
423.638.1679
www.greenevillenpac.com

GREENEVILLE, TN — Following four successful years of touring and more than 350 performances, the “most famous reindeer of all” from the longest running and highest rated holiday television special fly into Greeneville at Niswonger Performing Arts Center Dec. 11 live on stage with the critically-acclaimed "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" (www.rudolphthemusical.com).

The world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster help Santa save Christmas.

In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," made its network television debut and has been delighting audiences across the country for over 50 years. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is a wonderful new way to experience this family tradition,” says producing partner Jonathan Flom. The national tour is a family favorite — a “holiday staple” (The Boston Globe) and an "utterly charming, top-notch production" (Orlando Sentinel).

Projections, costumes and characters are brought to the stage against a backdrop of nostalgic set designs. The 12-foot-plus-tall Abominable Snow Monster is jaw-dropping. The cast brings high energy to classic songs and dialogue, while irresistible and loveable puppets highlight the charming “roughness” from the television show’s stop-motion effects.

Flom says, “The familiar story elements from the television special are addressed with a talented cast and puppeteers who help recreate the magic on stage.”

The story tells the tale of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright, shining nose, is excluded from the Reindeer Games. He flees Christmastown and meets up with new friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius. After finding The Island of Misfit Toys, Rudolph journeys home, where a snowstorm of epic proportions is threatening Christmas. Can Rudolph rescue his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday?

Rudolph’s partnership with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center continues this year. The show offers a free toolkit to teachers that leverages the powerful messages from the Rudolph story to teach important character values. In addition, a portion of proceeds from venue sales of the book, T.E.A.M. Rudolph and the Reindeer Games, will be donated to PACER.

For more information, visit www.rudolphthemusical.com and follow the latest updates to the Facebook page at facebook.com/rudolphthemusicaltour.

This holiday classic is performed live on stage at Niswonger Performing Arts Center Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 for orchestra seats, $35 for mezzanine level seating and $30 for balcony seats. Make the evening even more special by purchasing a VIP add-on for $25. The VIP ticket includes early admission & crowd free shopping, a meet & greet with select cast members and special Rudolph-themed merchandise. Tickets are on sale now for all performances for the entire 2018-2019 season and may be purchased online at NPACgreeneville.com, in person at the NPAC box office, or by calling 423-638-1679.



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