A Central New York holiday tradition, “The Adventures of Rudolph” live stage show, is celebrating its 33rd anniversary this year. Presented by the Cultural Resources Council of Syracuse and Onondaga County, Inc., the annual holiday family production will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in the John H. Mulroy Civic Center’s Crouse-Hinds Concert Theatre.
Chloe Edlestein, a 17-year-old senior at Cazenovia High School, will dance in the leading role of Witch Winter White. This year’s production will be Edlestein’s fourth year of involvement.
The Adventures of Rudolph is a narrated ballet, which will be directed by Deborah Boughton and performed by students of Dance Centre North, who will portray Rudolph, elves, soldiers and harlequin dolls, among others. Vince Tunbiolo wrote the original story that Boughton staged to the dynamic music of Prokofiev.
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.
One of the gifts the elves make for the evil 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.