The "most famous reindeer of all" from the longest-running and highest-rated holiday television special will be live on stage in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at The Coterie Theatre in Crown Center. Directed by William J. Christie, The Coterie's critically- acclaimed production features Rudolph and the entire holly jolly cast of iconic characters, including Sam the Snowman, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster, helping Santa save Christmas this holiday season, November 6 - December 30, 2018.

In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, made its television debut delighting audiences across the country. Since then, Rudolph has become an annual tradition for generations of children and adults and The Coterie once again brings the show to life for fans in Kansas City. As the reviewer for The Pitch exclaimed, "If adorable is at the top of your Christmas list, save an afternoon or evening for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical... as rich as eggnog..."

Projections, costumes, and characters are faithfully brought to the stage against a backdrop of nostalgic set designs. All the familiar story elements from the television special come to life with a talented cast and puppeteers who help recreate the magic on stage. The cast brings high energy to classic songs and dialogue, while irresistible and loveable puppets bring out the simplistic charm of the TV show's stop-motion effects. And audiences are delighted when they hear full performances of the iconic songs associated with the TV special, including "Holly Jolly Christmas," "Fame and Fortune," "There's Always Tomorrow," "Silver and Gold," and of course, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

The story tells the tale of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright, shining nose, is excluded from the Reindeer Games. He flees Christmastown and meets up with new friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius. After finding The Island of Misfit Toys, Rudolph journeys home, where a snowstorm of epic proportions is threatening Christmas. When Rudolph rescues his family and friends and helps Santa save the holiday, it's a colorful musical adventure that teaches us what makes you different can also be what makes you special.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical will run 60 minutes with no intermission and will be enjoyed by families with all ages. The Coterie is funded in part by the Missouri Arts Council, ArtsKC Fund, Theater League, and the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund. The production is sponsored by:

The cast of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical will feature Ron Lackey (as Sam the Snowman), Tony J. Pulford (as Rudolph), Elise Campagna (as Clarice), Martin Buchanan (as Coach Comet/Yukon Cornelius), David LeVota (as Hermey), Zachrey York (as Santa), Deanna Mazdra (Mrs. Claus/Mrs. Donner), Jake Golliher (as Donner), Roan Ricker (as Fireball), Zach Faust (Boss Elf), Jay Love (Spotted Elephant Snoken Puppeteer), Ashley Elliot-Rowe (as Elf/Dolly & Bumble Snoken Puppeteer), Ben Renfrow (as Elf/Dog Snoken Puppeteer), David Michael Hall (as Charlie Snoken Puppeteer), Matthew Grigoratos (as a Reindeer), Fritz Sullivan (as a Reindeer), Robin Robles (as a Reindeer), Catie Wolff (as an Elf), Molly Moore (as an Elf), Kimberly Girkin (as an Elf). The artistic and Production Company includes Jeff Church (producing artistic director), William J. Christie (director), Anthony T. Edwards (music director), Marc Wayne (choreographer), Danielle Renee (production stage manager), Scott Hobart (set designer/technical director), Jarrett Bertoncin (lighting designer), Georgianna Londré Buchanan (costume designer), David Kiehl (sound designer), Caitlin Brisendine (properties/puppets), and Chloé Robbins (production assistant/deck manager).

The Coterie, now in its 40th Season and named "One of the Five Best Theaters for Young Audiences in the U.S." by TIME magazine, will perform Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical November 6 - December 30, 2018, in The Coterie Theatre, located on level one of Crown Center Shops in Kansas City, MO. Press Night will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

Individual Tickets: Tickets are $13.00 for youth under 18, students, and seniors age 60 and older; and $17.00-$19.00 for adults, depending on performance date.

Subscriptions: In lieu of season subscriptions, The Coterie offers the Priority Spotlight Pass and Value Spotlight Pass, which work like a season ticket without committing to a set schedule. Priority Spotlight Pass holders pay $150.00 for a flexible pass that includes 10 tickets that can be used for any show or combination of shows in the 2018/2019 Season, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.

All tickets and Spotlight Passes are on sale now and may be purchased by calling The

Coterie's box office at (816) 474-6552, dropping by the box office on level one of the Crown Center Shops, or by visiting

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