Focus on Community/Arts
TPAC Stages Performance of "Adventures of Rudolph"

Thursday, December 08, 2005


 

WYE MILLS - Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer will fly into Wye Mills on Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.

when the Rufus M. and Loraine Hall Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College presents "The Adventures of Rudolph."

"The show has become a holiday tradition for many of our patrons. Parents tell me that they bring their children every year as part of their holiday celebrations," said Children´s Theatre Coordinator Linda Zaragoza.

The Center of Ballet and Dance Arts of Syracuse, N.Y. has presented "The Adventures of Rudolph" to more than 300,000 children and adults nationwide. More than 12,000 people have seen the production at TPAC in the last nine years, according to Zaragoza. After more than two decades, the show now features a second generation of performers.

Part of a year-long family theatre series, the holiday show will thrill children and their parents. The Center of Ballet and Dance Arts will take the audience on a magical journey to the North Pole. But this Rudolph story offers a departure from the familiar television version.

"This show endures because it teaches children that there is more to Christmas than just receiving gifts. The story shows children that kindness and giving are more important than receiving," said Deborah Boughton, director for the Center of Ballet and Dance Arts. "The story and sets also bring the magic of the season to life. That is exciting for the children and helps the adults stay in touch with their childhood memories. The show has snow flying deer and beautiful costumes. It´s like the Nutcracker, but with a strong plot."

Rudolph´s adventures begin in Santa´s workshop as the elves prepare for the Christmas Eve sleigh ride. The evening turns ugly, though, when an Arctic meanie tries to halt toy production at Santa´s workshop.

The evil witch Winter Gray kidnaps all of the elves, leaving Santa without a workforce. Rudolph saves Christmas Eve production, though, when he uses a magic mirror to show the witch her own wickedness. A reformed Winter Gray releases the elves, and even conjures up some snowflakes to help the reindeer fly through the Christmas Eve sky.

In addition to being entertaining, the production also showcases talented young dancers. Boughton said many students of the Syracuse center go on to dance with professional ballet companies or join casts of Broadway shows.

This event has been funded in part by the Queen Anne´s County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.

With music, dance and flying reindeer, the show is now a seasonal favorite on the Shore. At $8 per person, tickets to the show would make a great holiday gift.

For more information, call the box office at 410-827-5867.

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