Harris Center Presents RUDOLPH THE RED=NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL

Speaking to the misfit in all of us, the beloved TV classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. From Santa Claus to Rudolph himself, these favorite characters come to life in an adventure that teaches us that whatever makes you different can be that that makes you special. "A gleeful musical take on holiday favorite!" (Chicago Daily Herald Review) The national tour is a family favorite -- a "holiday staple" (Boston Globe) and an "utterly charming, top-notch production" (Orlando Sentinel).

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical performs on Stage One of the Harris Center on Monday, November 19, 2018, 7 pm; Tuesday, November 20, 2 pm and 7 pm; Wednesday, November 21, 2 pm and 7 pm; Friday, November 23, 11 am, 3 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are $32-$52; Premium $62. Students with ID and Children $28. Tickets are available online at www.harriscenter.net or from Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 12 noon to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, CA, facing East Bidwell Street.

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has taken the country by snowstorm" (Hartford Courant).

The stage adaptation of the highest rated Christmas TV special of all time, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical began in 1964. The beloved stop-motion animated television classic made its network television debut and has been delighting audiences across the country for over 50 years.

For the Folsom performances - eight in all - projections, costumes and characters are faithfully brought to the stage against a backdrop of nostalgic set designs. The 12-foot-plus-tall Abominable Snow Monster is jaw-dropping. The cast brings high energy to classic songs and dialogue, while irresistible and loveable puppets highlight the charming "roughness" from the television show's stop-motion effects. Producing partner Jonathan Flom notes that "the familiar story elements from the television special are addressed with a talented cast and puppeteers who help recreate the magic on stage."

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. Can Rudolph rescue his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday?

In departing from the format of the TV special - the national tour is a classic musical, including songs such as "Fame and Fortune" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" that are heard but not performed in the broadcast - "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is a wonderful new way to experience this family tradition," says Flom. "This show entertains and, at the same time, helps spread the important and timeless message that we should celebrate our differences." (Rudolph's partnership with PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center continues this year. The show offers a free toolkit to teachers that leverages the powerful messages from the Rudolph story to teach important character values.)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is produced by Right Angle Entertainment, Iconic Entertainment Studios and Premiere Producers LLC.

The Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College brings the community together to share in cultural experiences featuring the work of artists from throughout the region and around the world. Built and operated by the Los Rios Community College District, the $50 million, state-of-the-art regional performing arts center boasts three intimate venues with outstanding acoustics, an art gallery, a recording studio, elegant teaching spaces, plenty of safe parking and all the other amenities of a world-class performing arts venue. Each year the Center hosts over 400 events attracting more than 150,000 annually.

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