<em>Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Musical</em>&nbsp;from Wishing Star Productions at the Majestic Theatre

Review: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Musical | Wishing Star Productions | Majestic Theatre

Shout It Out with Glee

Who wouldn’t go? Wishing Star Productions' rollicking Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Musical lights up the young audience at Majestic Theatre.

published Saturday, December 7, 2013

Photo: Karen Almond
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Musical from Wishing Star Productions at the Majestic Theatre

Dallas — The weather outside was frightful, but inside the Majestic Theater on Thursday night families with young children were smiling and cheering for the “most famous reindeer of all.” Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Musical, presented by Wishing Star Productions, is a happy and fast-moving family show with clever puppets, bright costumes and an enthusiastic and playful cast of singers and dancers. The kindergarten crowd, dressed up for the occasion, was especially delighted by the prancing, muscular reindeer costumes that show the actors’ faces below the antlers.

Director Joe Sturgeon adapted the show from the 1964 Bass and Rankin animated television special, first produced at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth when Sturgeon was the resident director there. With its plush red velvet seats, brilliant chandeliers and gold-leaf architectural trim, the Majestic is a terrific venue for a Christmas show. Before the show starts, holiday music fills the air and an intricate snowflake lighting design covers the curtains and ceilings of the theater. When the curtain goes up, we are at the North Pole, suggested by huge, glittering white icebergs designed by Dallas Stage Scenery. Sam the Snowman (Jason C. Kane, a solid tenor with an engaging drawl) performs narrator duties and leads all the sing-alongs.

Right away, we see that baby Rudolph’s family is eager to hide his shiny red nose because it makes him different from all the other reindeer. Even Santa (a lanky and fatherly Doug Lopachin) points out that only the perfect specimen make his sleigh team. As he grows to be a young buck, Rudolph (an energetic and ernest Jordon Brodess) resists his dad’s wish to cover his glowing nose with a big brown ball that makes his voice sound funny. 

Meanwhile, over at the toy factory, everybody is rushing to get ready for the big day. The demanding Boss Elf (a stern and glowering Doug Jackson) is hurrying his elf crew, bouncing around in their little green jackets and yellow tights. Boss Elf is furious with Hermey (a sweet-faced and gawky Christopher J. Deaton), a tall, distracted elf who hates making toys and longs to be a dentist. Boss Elf insists Hermey get with the program, go to elf practice, and “learn to wiggle your ears.”

Happily, Hermey and Rudolph meet up and become fast friends, singing “We’re a Couple of Misfits”, a funny duet in which they decide to be themselves, and be “independent together.” Then Rudolph meets the young doe Clarice (wide-eyed Mary McElree), and is smitten. Now he is more determined than ever to make good—for himself and for his friends.

Rudolph and Hermey hit the snowy road, leaving behind the conforming herd and workplace. They meet up with Yukon Cornelius (a foot-stomping funny Greg Dulcie) a crazy gold miner with a giant handlebar mustache and a huge sled pulled by a dachshund. The second act is filled with their adventures, including a trip to the land of rejected toys. The stage fills with huge puppets, imaginatively designed and fabricated by Kathy Kreuter, including a cowboy riding an ostrich, a Charlie-in-the-box, and a bright blue airplane that will not take off. The larger-than-life misfit puppets, unobtrusively and expertly manipulated by actors in white leotards, long to be loved by a child, as they wistfully sing “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year.”

Suddenly, everybody is terrified when a huge storm blows through. Bumble the Abominable Snowman, an enormous 11-foot puppet operated by three people, has all the elves and reindeer in a dither. But nobody stays in danger or disgrace too long. The foggy Christmas Eve arrives, Santa needs some special help, and high overhead we see a familiar sleigh flying across the stage. Before you can finish singing “Holly, Jolly Christmas,” the whole cast is celebrating the marvelous misfit hero of the show. The weather held crowds to a minimum the night I saw the show, but everybody there was shouting and singing along with Sam the Snowman, celebrating Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

The show runs 90 music- and action-packed minutes, including a 15-minute intermission to re-charge with hot chocolate. This leaves plenty of time after the show for the excited young theatergoers to take pictures with the reindeer and Santa in the lobby.


Photo: Karen Almond
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Musical from Wishing Star Productions at the Majestic Theatre

  Thanks For Reading

View the Article Slideshow
Click or Swipe to close
Shout It Out with Glee
Who wouldn’t go? Wishing Star Productions' rollicking Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Musical lights up the young audience at Majestic Theatre.
by Martha Heimberg

Share this article on Facebook
Tweet this article
Share this article on Google+
Share this article via email
Click or Swipe to close
views on theater, dance, classical music, opera and comedy performances
news & notes
reports from the local performing arts scene
features & interviews
who and what are moving and shaking in the performing arts scene
season announcements
keep up with the arts groups' upcoming seasons
listen to interviews with people in the local performing arts scene
media reviews
reviews and stories on performing arts-related film, TV, recordings and books
arts organizations
learn more about the local producing and presenting arts groups
performance venues
learn more about the theaters and spaces where the arts happen
keep up with fabulous ticket giveaways and other promotions
connect to local arts crowdfunding campaigns
post or view auditions and performing arts-related classes, services, jobs and more
about us
info on TheaterJones, our staff, what we do and how to contact us
Click or Swipe to close
First Name:
Last Name:
Date of Birth:
ZIP Code:
Your Email Address:
Click or Swipe to close
Join TheaterJones Around the Web

Follow Us on Twitter

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel

Click or Swipe to close
Search the TheaterJones Archives
Use any or all of the options below to search through all of reviews, interviews, features and special sections. If you are looking for a an event, use the calendar section of this website. This search will not search through the calendar.
Article Title Search:

Description Search:
TheaterJones Contributor:

TheaterJones Section:

Showing on or after:      Showing on or before:  
Click or Swipe to close
We welcome your comments

I am discussing:  

Your Name:
Your Email Adress:

please enter the text below and then click or tap SUBMIT :