’Tis the season for giving…and Broadway Thursday night

Rudolph_12-04-14_squareJust when little kids finally learned to name all of Santa’s reindeer and to reel them off —Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen—along came a waifish little misfit with a freakish blinking nose and the decidedly un-reindeer name of Rudolph.

At age 50 he’s as spunky as ever, a star of song, television special, and now a musical comedy, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,” which spins the tender tale of how an outcast persevered and used his unusual attributes to save Christmas one stormy winter night.

Rudolph first debuted in a hit song, which caught the nation’s fancy, and then Rudolph and his friends made their network television debut in 1964 becoming the longest running and the highest rated holiday special of all time. Now the whole cast of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” is coming to the stage of the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Rudolph and Santa will be there along with Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster, and a host of other characters long associated with this holiday tale.

Tickets are on sale now and are available at the Marshall Artists Series Box office, Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. To order tickets contact the Box Office at ext. 6-6656.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” celebrates Rudolph’s 50 years on television. This is a lively, colorful journey and new tradition for families and theatregoers of all ages,” says Producing Partner Jonathan Flom. “This production touches on all of the familiar story elements from the television special, with talented cast and puppeteers creating the magic on stage.”

And in the spirit of the season, the Cridlin Food Pantry canned food drive will be accepting donations of any non-perishable food, which can be deposited in bins located inside the Keith-Albee. The Cridlin Food Pantry not only helps the homeless, but also supplies food to neighbors, children and the elderly. Items needed include beef stew, peanut butter, jelly, chili, macaroni and cheese, tuna, ravioli, soups, cereal, and spaghetti and sauce.  Donations can be made the day of the show beginning at 5:30 p.m.