A Central New York holiday tradition, "The Adventures of Rudolph," celebrates its thirty-second anniversary this year. The Cultural Resources Council of Syracuse and Onondaga County, Inc. (CRC) presents this holiday family show at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center's Crouse-Hinds Concert Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m. The Adventures of Rudolph is a narrated ballet performed by the Center of Ballet and Dance Arts students from throughout CNY.
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 wrote the original story that Boughton staged to the dynamic music of Prokofiev.
CRC's "The Adventures of Rudolph"
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.
When the elves, Rudolph and Witch Winter White return to Santa's workshop, it is Christmas Eve. They find Santa disheartened because there is no snow and the reindeer, who move through the air by stepping on snowflakes, will not be able to fly. Witch Winter White offers her help and begins her magical dance that fills the air with snowflakes. The reindeer can fly and Christmas will come after all.
Tickets and more information
Tickets range in price from $10 to $19. For more details or to purchase tickets, contact the Syracuse Symphony Box Office, 424-8200. Discounts of $1 per ticket are available with the purchase of 4 or more tickets.
For more information regarding this year's production of "The Adventures of Rudolph" or CRC's program and services, contact CRC at 435.2155, or visit mycnyarts.org, or FAN Cultural Resources Council on Facebook.com.