This post was updated in October, 2016.
Many of us grew up watching and loving the 1964 stop-motion animated television special turned film, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Six years ago, the puppeteers at the Center for Puppetry Arts (CPA) brought it to life on the mainstage theater for the first time, and it’s since become a favorite Atlanta tradition.
“Every person, no matter the age, can relate to this story; its comforting and unchanging message celebrates the misfit in all of us,” director Jon Ludwig said. “Since I was a young boy, I’ve always looked forward to watching the TV special each Christmas. For me, and a lot of other people, the holiday season doesn’t feel complete without it; it’s one of the reasons we bring it back to the center each year.”
The expert puppet makers at CPA watched the original special hundreds of times, studying each frame carefully. In the making of each puppet they also received color and measurement specifications from the film’s rights holders so that every puppet is completely authentic to the film. Although this is a unique way to see this story unfold, no liberties were taken in changing the classic story line. Puppeteers bring each character to life with impressive movements, speaking and singing voices. Audiences of all ages will enjoy watching as Sam the Snowman narrates this beloved tale of unlikely friendship formed among Rudolph, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and all the magical misfit toys. While narrowly escaping the grips of the Abominable Snow Monster of the North and braving perilous blizzards, the friends’ journey is sure to warm hearts as they learn the importance of being true to one’s self and accepting others along the way.
This show is approximately an hour long and recommended for ages 4 and older. To enjoy this experience at its fullest, we recommend purchasing all-inclusive tickets, which also include a timed-entry to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum and entrance to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop, where children can create their own Hermey the Elf shadow puppet as a memento. “Rudolph” runs through Dec. 31, 2016.
Joleen Pete lives in the ‘burbs outside Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and their "threenager." She loves venturing into the city for fun family activities and an excuse to let down her mom bun.