‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ shines at Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts

Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts flies high with its sparkling stage adaptation of ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ on stage through Dec. 31.

It is becoming a family tradition for us to load up our boys each November and head to Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts to see one of the opening showings of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

Last year I was in awe of how true to the TV special the show is, and this year I was just as impressed.

Last year’s selfie with Santa was pretty awesome, and this year my little boys got to meet a human Yukon Cornelius-lookalike, chef Kevin Gillespie.

Kevin was super nice, and nailed Yukon’s signature look.

The boys also loved making a rod puppet, which they learned about after the curtain closed on ‘Rudolph.’ The puppeteers always come out to show audience members how the various types of puppets work, which has been very interesting to my budding four-year-old puppeteer.

This year’s puppet is King Moonracer.

We also made a stop at the Center’s Worlds of Puppetry Museum, where you can become a puppeteer and see yourself on a monitor (another four-year-old favorite) and see the extensive Jim Henson collection, among other puppet collections from around the world.

We are always so excited to see Elmo, Big Bird, Kermit and Miss Piggy in real life. My two-year-old loved roaming around the museum and excitedly pointed out Big Bird and Elmo. He has no idea what a treasure it is to be able to see those characters, many of which were actually used on Sesame Street,  in person!

The museum also contains a behind-the-scenes look at Jim Henson’s workshop, and many other original Muppets.

Here’s how you can see “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the Jim Henson collection:

What: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

When: Through Dec. 31, 2017; no shows 11/23/17 or 12/25/17. Check www.centerforpuppetryarts.com for specific times and dates.

Where: Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Atlanta

Cost: $11.25-$35

Contact: 404-873-3391 or info@puppet.org; www.centerforpuppetryarts.com

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