Childsplay's record-breaking show, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, returns to the Herberger Theater this holiday season - AZEdNews
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Childsplay’s record-breaking show, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, returns to the Herberger Theater this holiday season

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  • Elaina Verhoff   |   Childsplay

Childsplay, A Pioneer In Theatre For Youth Since 1977, Is Bringing Back “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” For A Second Consecutive Year.

The family favorite takes the stage November 19 through Christmas Eve

Childsplay, a pioneer in theatre for youth since 1977, is bringing back “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” for a second consecutive year. Based on the 1964 stop-motion animated TV special, this family favorite is back by popular demand after becoming the biggest hit in Childsplay history last year. This musical adaptation of the classic special features a host of favorite characters including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Sam the Snowman, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and of course, Rudolph. Performances will be held on weekends November 19 through Christmas Eve with select weekday performances the week of Christmas Eve at The Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe Street in Phoenix. The musical is recommended for children ages 4 and up. Ticket prices start at $13 and are on sale at

Adapted by Robert Penola, with Music and Lyrics by Johnny Marks, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is filled with holiday hits including “Holly Jolly Christmas,” and the beloved title song, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” The musical adventure teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.

“This is a spectacular show,” says the show’s director Dwayne Hartford. “The talented cast, incredible costumes, celebratory music, and layered set design with fresh video projections make this a holiday musical that shouldn’t be missed! And with just under 30 performances, we can’t wait to delight and entertain thousands of guests!”

Rudolph will feature a mix of new actors and returning favorites. Resuming their roles from last year are Tommy Strawser in the role of Rudolph, Jon Gentry as Sam the Snowman, and Katie McFadzen as Yukon Cornelius.


Tommy Strawser (Rudolph)

Jon Gentry (Sam)

Katie McFadzen (Coach Comet/Yukon Cornelius/Elf)

Ryan Ardelt (Hermey/Young Reindeer)

Issie Ocampo (Clarice/Misfit Toy/Elf)

Debra K. Stevens (Mrs. Donner/Boss Elf/Misfit Toy)

Carlos Sanchez Beltran (Donner/Misfit Toy/Elf)

Luz Navarro (Mrs. Claus/King Moonracer/Young Reindeer)

Brandon Brown (Fireball/ Charlie-in-a-Box/Elf/ Misfit Toy)

Beau Heckman (Santa Claus/Misfit Toy/Elf)

Wesley Bradstreet (Swing)


Weekends and select weekdays, November 19 – December 24, 2022

Herberger Theater Center – Stage West

Performance Schedule

Sat, November 19 @ 1PM – $13 Storybook Preview ($13 for tickets, including a free book)

Sat, November 19 @ 4PM – Opening Performance – $17 All-In Rush Tickets

Sun, November 20 @ 1PM

Sat, November 26 @ 1PM

Sat, November 26 @ 4PM

Sun, November 27 @ 1PM

Sat, December 3 @ 1PM

Sat, December 3 @ 4PM

Sun, December 4 @ 1PM

Sat, December 10 @ 1PM

Sat, December 10 @ 4PM

Sun, December 11 @ 1PM – ASL Interpretation Available

Sat, December 17 @ 1PM

Sat, December 17 @ 4PM

Sun, December 18 @ 1PM

Mon, December 19 @ 1PM

Mon, December 19 @ 4PM

Tues, December 20 @ 1PM

Tues, December 20 @ 4PM

Wed, December 21 @ 1PM

Wed, December 21 @ 4PM

Thurs, December 22 @ 1PM

Thurs, December 22 @ 4PM

Fri, December 23 @ 1PM

Fri, December 23 @ 4PM

Sat, December 24 @ 1PM – Christmas Eve Performance


WHAT: Childsplay’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

WHERE: Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe Street in Phoenix

WHEN: November 19 – December 24, 2022

PRICE: Tickets range from $13 – $44



About Childsplay
Childsplay, Inc. is a nonprofit theatre company of professional, adult artists who perform for and teach young audiences and their families. The mission of Childsplay is to create theatre so strikingly original in form, content or both, that it instills in young people an enduring awe, love and respect for the medium, thus preserving imagination and wonder, the hallmarks of childhood which are keys to the future. For more information, visit