The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Brings Holiday Cheer to the Queen City with RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER JR.

TCTC_Rudolph Jr logoOpens at the Taft Theatre in December

Cincinnati – The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s 22-23 MainStage Season continues with RUDOLPH tHE RED-NOSED REINDEER™ JR. at the Taft Theatre December 10-19, 2022. Tickets are on sale now at

The holiday classic soars off the screen in this 60-minute musical adaptation of the beloved television special. Filled with holiday hits like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER™ JR.  features all your favorite characters including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.

Because of his shiny nose, Rudolph doesn’t feel like he belongs in Christmastown and sets off to find a place that accepts him. Along his journey, he encounters fellow misfits, only to realize that home is where he has belonged the whole time. When a storm threatens to keep Santa’s sleigh from taking flight, it’s up to Rudolph to save Christmas!

For TCT’s 22-23 MainStage shows at the Taft Theatre, currently there are not any restrictions for entry. Masks are welcome, but not required. Safety is always our highest priority, and we hope you’ll treat each other with kindness and respect throughout your theatrical journey with us.

Music and Lyrics by Johnny Marks. Script Adaptation by Robert Penola. Arrangements by Timothy Splain. Orchestrations by William C. White. Based on the animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

adapted from the story by Robert L. May and the song by Johnny Marks. Developed by Character Arts Creations, LLC.

Stage Direction and Scenic Design by Nate Bertone. Choreographed by Diane Lala. Mark Femia, Music Director. Jeff Shearer, TCT Resident Costume Designer. Matthew Benjamin, Lighting Designer. Dani Lobello, Director of Production.

Ideal for ages 4+. This production runs 60 minutes without an intermission.

Showtimes for RUDOLPH tHE RED-NOSED REINDEER™ JR. include:

  • Saturday, December 10 at 2 PM
  • Saturday, December 10 at 5 PM
  • Sunday, December 11 at 2 PM
  • Friday, December 16 at 7 PM
  • Saturday, December 17 at 11 AM
  • Saturday, December 17 at 2 PM
  • Sunday, December 18 at 2 PM

ASL interpretation will be offered on the first Saturday at 2 PM performance.

RUDOLPH tHE RED-NOSED REINDEER™ JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

RUDOLPH tHE RED-NOSED REINDEER™ JR. is made possible by Production Sponsor The Summit Hotel, and Season Sponsor The Charles H. Dater Foundation. Additional funding for MainStage Ticket Subsidies is provided by PNC Foundation. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is supported by the tens of thousands of people who give generously to the annual ArtsWave Campaign, the region’s primary source for arts funding. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Additional support comes from ARP funds from the City of Cincinnati through ArtsWave.

All The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Broadway-style MainStage productions, including RUDOLPH tHE RED-NOSED REINDEER™ JR., are performed in the historic Taft Theatre, 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Tickets start at $10. Visit or call the TCT Box Office at 513.569.8080 x10, Monday – Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM to purchase tickets.

CAST (In Alphabetical Order)

  • BENJAMIN ABES-FELDMAN … Aviator Elf / Ensemble / Cowboy
  • CHRISTIAN ARIAS … Reindeer / Ensemble / Chicago Reporter / Bird-Fish
  • DAVID RADTKE … Santa Claus
  • MACKENZIE COOK … Elf 4 / Spotted Elephant
  • CELIA D’ASCENZO … Elf 5 / Dolly
  • MARLO D’ASCENZO … Clarice
  • DORION FEARS … Donner
  • DOUGLAS FRIES … King Moonracer / Bumble / Ensemble
  • TOMMI HARSCH … Mrs. Donner / Charlie in the Box / Ensemble
  • GRIFFIN HATFIELD … Fireball / Ensemble
  • HENRY HOWLAND … Coach Comet
  • KASEY JOHANSEN … Puppeteer / Ensemble / Reindeer
  • ETHAN KUCHTA … Yukon Cornelius / Ensemble
  • JT LANGLAS … Ensemble / Clarice’s Father
  • ELLI MADDOCK … Elf 3 / Toy Cover
  • EDRICO PRITCHETT … Ensemble / Reindeer / Daily News Reporter / Plane
  • CAROLINE RAKESTRAW … Ensemble / Reindeer / Train
  • ALEX TALBOT … Hermey
  • KAI VADIVELU … Young Rudolph
  • KAVAN VADIVELU … Rudolph
  • KEYA VADIVELU … Puppeteer / Ensemble / Reindeer



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