One brisk, wintry night a reindeer with a nose so bright made his way to the city of Atlanta. Who else could it be? Why, Rudolph of course!

And my story-telling skills end there…

The Center for Puppetry Arts has an amazing treat for you and your family this holiday season with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, November 6th-January 6th!

This production is based on the classic 1964 television special that we all know and love…and watch a minimum of fifteen times before the end of the holiday season.

My first thought before the production started was: Am I too old to be here? That thought was quickly dashed when Sam (Dolph Amick), our friendly snow host, came out and reminded us of the beloved story that we all know. Throughout the piece, I looked around the theatre and noticed the smiles on the faces of many parents and the warmth in their eyes. It was truly magical. We grew up knowing this story, and having it played out in person was truly a magnificent experience. I will never forget while Clarice (Amy Sweeney) sang “There’s Always Tomorrow,” all of the ‘grown-ups’ in the audience were singing along. It was a phenomenal feeling.

The puppeteers gave these beloved characters more than life, but renewed spirits. It didn’t seem like they were out to completely copy the television special, but instead, create a magnificent new take for a new generation. One aspect that I enjoyed of the physical production of the piece was the depth/scale that the puppeteers provided with puppets of different sizes. To emphasize that characters were far in the distance, they used smaller versions of the full-sized characters that we see as well. Very well done.

Overall, I say get your family to the Center for Puppetry Arts and enjoy a little nostalgic fun.

You can go to to find out more information!

–Wendell Scott


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