RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER to Return to The Growing Stage, 11/22-12/22

The Growing Stage, The Children's Theatre of New Jersey, located in the Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong, New Jersey, will celebrate the holidays with last season's hit musical, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. After 12 sold-out shows, Executive Director Stephen L. Fredericks felt this is the perfect show to bring back for the holidays.

Fredericks states, "We grew up watching the show every year during the holidays, listened to its music by Johnny Marks, and the characters created to tell the story have stayed with us. It's a holiday piece centered around a theme of acceptance, of overcoming the odds and its told in a warm and funny manner. What's not to like?"

This production returns November 22nd to December 22nd with performances Fridays at 7:30PM, Saturdays and Sundays at 4:00PM. Friday November 29th marks a special "Alumni Night", inviting artists, young and old from the past thirty two years to celebrate with the company. Also on November 22nd , we will continue our partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps and collect unwrapped toys for their "Toys for Tots" drive, which will aid in providing gifts for children in need.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer tells the timeless story of a true misfit who transforms into a beloved hero. Adapted by Robert Penola from the popular 1964 television special still shown today with music and lyrics by Johnny Marks. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is set in a magical, holiday world in and around the North Pole, and populated by endearing characters - from a talking snowman to flying reindeer. This stage production is under the direction of Stephen L. Fredericks with musical direction by Laura Petrie and choreography by Jillian Petrie.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer features the talents of 6 professional performers in the cast. Returing in their roles are Becky Nitka in the title role of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; P.J. Schweizer as Hermey the Elf; William Ward as Sam the Snowman; David Spellman as Yukon Cornelius; Steve Fredericks and Jenna Morris as Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Rounding out the cast are twenty five community artists of all ages who are sharing their talents to make this a very special holiday treat for the entire family.

The Growing Stage continues FUN-tastic Fridays with all tickets $15! Saturday and Sunday tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit the website at or contact the Box Office at (973) 347-4946 or Group rates and Birthday Party packages are available.

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