Yesterday, Danger and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a performance of the classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer at Atlanta's Center For Puppetry Arts. While I tend to enjoy the nostalgia associated with sharing my childhood traditions with my daughter, I have to admit that I was very impressed with this particular performance for many additional reasons (the setting! the puppets! the voices!).
The puppeteers introduced themselves before the show began and also spoke with us a bit after the performance about how they brought the puppets to life. They are a lively and friendly bunch, and it was so wonderful to mix in a little bit of educational value to this adorable performance.
The stage, props, puppets, and settings were all quite detailed and matched the classic stop-motion animated film very well. The voices of the puppeteers were superb, and there were times that I believed I was watching the actual movie. Allison Murphy especially did an excellent job voicing Rudolph! (She was also part of the Aesop's Fables puppet show that Danger and I attended earlier this year.)
Danger sat on my lap for about half of the performance, and I was constantly looking down at her little face to see her expressions. I think it's fair to say that she LOVED watching Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, because her face was glowing as bright as Rudolph's nose :) In fact, as soon as the show was over, she told me, "That was a great show, mama! I had fun!"
We then walked upstairs to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop, where we were able to make our very own Hermey The Elf Shadow Puppet! It was fun to assemble and decorate...
But Danger really enjoyed making Hermey perform on the provided shadow screen!
I'm sure that the Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer performance will be something that we discuss for days and weeks to come. While I do own the classic 1964 Rudolph movie on DVD, there's just something magical about seeing the performance brought to life by the wonderful puppeteers at the Center For Puppetry Arts. Rudolph has always been - and almost certainly always will be - part of my family's holiday tradition.
What are some of your holiday traditions?
I received complimentary passes as part of a promotional program with the Center For Puppetry Arts, however all opinions come from my personal experiences at the performance. Special thanks to Clay Walker for the awesome Rudolph pics!