Have holly jolly time with live Rudolph musical in Wilkes- Barre
Even the most famous reindeer of all has his bad dayswhen it comes to fitting in.
The classic story of Rudolph the Red- Nosed Reindeer— whose shining red nose excluded him from playing reindeer games, leading him to flee to the Island of Misfit Toys— flies into F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, WilkesBarre, onWednesday. The musical production based on the 1964 stop- motion television special starts at 6: 30 p. m., and doors open at 5.
“Rudolph the Red- Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” keeps true to the essence of the original television special, even using costumes, puppets and sets reminiscent of the claymation used in the original special, saidNatalie MacDonald, who plays Rudolph. After two successful years of touring North America, the holly jolly cast of characters— including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and theAbominable SnowMonster— bring the showto lifewith favorite songs, including “Fame and Fortune,” “Rockin’Around the Christmas Tree,” “Silver and Gold” and “Holly Jolly Christmas.”
“When kids see themovie and then they see the show, what they sawon TVcomes to life,” MacDonald said. “Kids love it, aswell as the grandparents and the parentswho grewup with it. I justwant to point out how incredible this showis for all generations ... and howspecial that is, howrare it is for something to last so long in this digital agewhen stories last two seconds and then they’re gone.”
MacDonald always connected with Rudolph’s story because shewas homeschooled as a child.
“I think that everyone in their life comes upon a time when they felt like a misfit. ... I very much lovedmy upbringing, but with kids my age I sometimes had a hard time relating to them,” she said. “I was taking college classes and was always around people older than me, so hanging outwith kidsmy age, I felt like a misfit.”
Many of the technical aspects of the showmake it special forMacDonald, including the momentwhen she flies across the stage, and howthe cast, crewand production teamwork together to make each momentmagical.
“The showgives off a very poignant message,” MacDonald said.“We’ve really built up this anti- bullying campaign with ‘ Rudolph.’ Kids can come see that all of our differences thatwe have can be brought to the table and make society better. It’s a really important message for kids and parents and grandparents alike.”