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Spotlight: Bringing Animated Classic Rudolph To The Stage

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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer runs at the Orlando Repertory Theater through December 27th.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer runs at the Orlando Repertory Theater through December 27th.

The claymation classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer debuted on TV over 50 years ago- but it translates to the stage too.

Fans of Rudolph can catch a live performance of the musical at the Orlando Repertory Theater through December 27th. 

90.7’s Nicole Creston spoke to the Rep’s Artistic Director Jeff Revels and Marketing Manager Ashley Willsey about bringing the beloved TV special to the stage.

“It really translates well. We use puppets as well, and puppets portray our misfit toys,” says Revels.

“And you’re going to feel the need to sing along at some point- that’s O.K. too,” he adds.

Children with special sensory needs can enjoy this performance too.

“It’s a modified performance, for children who may have autism or Asperger’s  or other sensory processing needs, and maybe coming to see a regular performance with all the lights and sound levels- it just maybe sensory overload for them,” says Willsey.

The Rep has been putting on sensory friendly performances since 2012.

“Those children need theater like the rest of us need theater,” adds Revels.



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