Rudolph coming to town Thursday at the Embassy

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Sarah Eddington
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is coming to town, and you don’t want to miss this special musical. Live actors dressed as reindeer, Santa, elves and the Bumble are going to take over the Embassy Theatre stage on Thursday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m.

“It’s very close (to the original),” said Sara Errington, the actress who plays Rudolph. “We’ve worked very hard with (the owners of Rudolph) to make sure that it is very close to verbatim.”

A cast of twenty actors plays out the entire story, including moments when Rudolph flies across the stage. Errington said that flying can be a little tricky “antlers can get a little tangled in wires,” she admitted, but overall, the reindeer costumes are very “smartly constructed.” “I can still open doors and grab water (bottles),” she explained.

This is Errington’s second year playing Rudolph, but it is the fourth year that the show has been on tour. “Everything is live,” Errington said, “(We’re) singing and dancing our little hearts out.”

Actors have worked with a voice coach so that they can imitate the original TV special as closely as possible – something the family that owns the Rudolph story was very interested in maintaining. While some modifications had to be made to accommodate humans being on stage instead of clay figurines, the story as a whole will have no new plot twists or surprises.

They even will have the Bumble. “We do have the Bumble – he’s a puppet manned by three actors,” Errington exclaimed. “He’s gigantic – quite spectacular – my favorite part!”

Also on stage will be Sam the Snowman who narrates the story and sings. In the original TV special, he was voiced by Burl Ives. But Errington says that the actor playing the part on stage is a ringer for the original. “He’s worth the ticket price (just to hear him),” she said.

Errington, who also works as the resident choreographer at LEGOLAND California Resort, loves being on stage and seeing the audience’s reaction to the story. “The reaction and the relationship you get to have with the kids and families who come to the show…(kids) experiencing theatre for the first time, or Rudolph for the first time (is wonderful).”

“When you look out into the audience and see nothing but blinking red noses looking back at you… it’s adorable,” she exclaimed.

What: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical

Where: Embassy Theatre

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 14

Cost: $25 – $55 per ticket

Information: click on https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/050052C66FE60ECE

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