‘Tis the season for ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Live’ on stage at Stages Theatre Company

The “most famous reindeer of all” from the longest running and highest rated holiday television special will be live on stage with the critically acclaimed “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” at Stages Theatre Company in Hopkins from Friday, Nov. 18 through Wednesday, Dec. 28, for 48 performances.

The Stages Theatre Company in Hopkins will present "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" Nov. 18 to Dec. 28. Two Maple Grove residents have been cast in the production.
The Stages Theatre Company in Hopkins will present “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” Nov. 18 to Dec. 28. Two Maple Grove residents have been cast in the production.

David Gamache and Jackson Lyon of Maple Grove have been cast in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.” Gamache, a veteran of Stages, will play Charlie In The Box and Bumble, while Lyon makes his Stages debut as an Elf, among other roles in the production.

As Stages Theatre Company’s highest-grossing production of all times, the world’s most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster will help Santa save Christmas again, in this return engagement of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.”

In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, made its network television debut delighting audiences across the country. “‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical’ is rapidly becoming a tradition for generations of children and adults and we are so excited to bring the show to fans at Stages Theatre Company again,” said producing partner Jonathan Flom.

Maple Grove resident David Gamache will play the role of Charlie in the Box and Bumble in the production of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical."
Maple Grove resident David Gamache will play the role of Charlie in the Box and Bumble in the production of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.”

Projections, costumes and characters will be faithfully brought to the stage against a backdrop of nostalgic set designs. Flom said, “We address all of the familiar story elements from the television special with a talented cast and puppeteers who help recreate the magic on stage. Since the special itself is a classic musical, the stage show does not feel at all like an adaptation and audiences are surprised and delighted when they hear full performances of additional iconic songs associated with the TV special, such as ‘Fame and Fortune’ and ‘Silver and Gold,’ just to name a few.”

Jackson Lyon, of Maple Grove, is an Elf in the Stages Theatre Company’s production of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical."
Jackson Lyon, of Maple Grove, is an Elf in the Stages Theatre Company’s production of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.”

Rudolph’s partnership with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center continues this year. A new illustrated storybook, TEAM Rudolph and the Reindeer Games, will be available this year only at the stage show performances and other locations where Rudolph is appearing, such as at theme parks, zoos, aquariums and science centers. A portion of the proceeds from all sales of the books will be donated to PACER.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.stagestheatre.org for performance dates and times, or by calling the Box Office at 952-979-1111, option 4, Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults; $21 for seniors, ages 60+; $18 for children, ages 5 to 17.

For more information, visit www.stagetheatre.org.