Rudolph lights up the Center for Puppetry Arts, Nov 13-Dec 30

The holidays just wouldn’t be the holidays without Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and all the claymation specials from my childhood. The Center for Puppetry Arts puts on a faithful adaptation of the classic 1964 stop-motion animated television special, which was adapted for the puppet stage by Jon Ludwig and is directed by Tim Sweeney.

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The show uses animation and puppets to tell the story of Rudolph and his band of misfits. It’s a classic story told classically. There is no ‘interpretation” here which I appreciate. I don’t like people messing with my childhood memories. And of course, the kids love it too.

The show is an hour long, so plan to get there a bit early to get situated, you don’t want to miss any of the show. For younger kids (the show is recommended for 4 and up), seeing the movie beforehand could help them really enjoy the show.

There isn’t a bad seat in the house, but members receive up-front seating, so if you’d like those seats, consider becoming a member of the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Create a Puppet Workshop
All-inclusive tickets to all shows include entrance to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop™, where guests can make and decorate their own Sam the Snowman™ Rod Puppet, as well as admission to the Worlds of PuppetryMuseum featuring a global gallery and the largest collection of Jim Henson puppets in the world..

We did the workshop and museum after the show, but you can come early and do it before the show as well. If you don’t have time to make the puppet while you are there, you can take it with you and enjoy the craft at home.

If your kids just LOVE making puppets, stop in the gift shop on your way out. You can purchase puppet kits from past shows.

Girl Scout Day

On Sunday, December 2, Girl Scouts are invited to participate in a series of activities that will allow them to be eligible for all four STEM patches in a single day. Scouts will explore the science connections in the show; technology behind puppet performances; engineering used to design some of the puppets in the Worlds of Puppetry Museum exhibits; and the math skills utilized to build a puppet in a customized Create-A-Puppet Workshop™.  Activities will take place from noon to 3:30 p.m. Interested troops are encouraged to call the ticket office to be placed on the waitlist.

Showtimes for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ will be presented in the Mainstage Theater, November 13-December 30, with no shows on November 22 or December 25. Reduced-price previews take place Tuesday, November 13 and Wednesday, November 14.

The show schedule is as follows:

  • November 13-18:
    • Tuesday-Wednesday: 10 a.m. and noon
    • Thursday-Friday: 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
    • Saturday: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
      *Reduced-price previews November 13 & 14
  • November 20-25:
    • Tuesday: 10 a.m. and noon
    • Wednesday: 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
    • Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
      *The Center will be closed on Thursday, November 22 in observance of Thanksgiving Day
  • November 27-December 9:
    • Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
    • Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (special 5 p.m. show on December 9)
  • December 11-23:
    • Tuesday-Thursday: 10 a.m. and noon
    • Friday: 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
    • Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • December 26-30
    • Wednesday-Friday: 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
    • Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
      *The Center will be closed on Tuesday, December 25 in observance of Christmas Day

All-inclusive ticket prices vary by date, but start at $12.50 (Members) and $25 (nonmembers). Tickets can be purchased online at puppet.org or by calling 404.873.3391.

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