A Central New York holiday tradition, "The Adventures of Rudolph," celebrates its 31st anniversary this year. The Cultural Resources Council of Syracuse and Onondaga County, Inc. presents its annual holiday family show at 11 a.m. Saturday Dec. 12 at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center's Crouse-Hinds Concert Theatre. "The Adventures of Rudolph" is a narrated ballet performed by the Center of Ballet and Dance Arts in Syracuse.
Additional performances are at 10 a.m. Wednesday Dec. 9 and Thursday Dec. 10, and at 10 a.m. and noon Friday Dec. 11. Tickets range in price from $9.50 to $13.50 and are available through the Syracuse Symphony Box Office, 424-8200. (Discounts of $1 per ticket are available with the purchase of four or more tickets.)
The show is a product of the creative team of Deborah Boughton and Vince Tunbiolo. Boughton is the director of the Center of Ballet & Dance Arts in Syracuse. Tunbiolo (Boughton's husband) wrote the original story that Boughton staged to the dynamic music of Prokofiev.
Center of Ballet and Dance Arts students from Baldwinsville, Liverpool, Cicero, North Syracuse, Cazenovia, Jordan-Elbridge, and Marcellus school districts will be performing as Rudolph, the witch, elves, soldiers, harlequin dolls and more.
It is a week before Christmas and Santa's elves are busy making presents. The evil Witch Winter Grey kidnaps the elves so that they might make presents just for her. Only Santa's reindeer Rudolph can penetrate the gloom around the witch's castle with his bright nose. When he arrives at the castle, he and the elves make a plan to escape from the witch.
One of the gifts the elves make for the witch is a magic mirror of truth, which will show the witch what she really is - an ugly hag. The elves and Rudolph refuse to tell her the secret of the mirror until she agrees to release them and change her evil ways. The witch agrees and is transformed into the beautiful Witch Winter White.