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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical tour to delight audiences of all ages this holiday season at The Mendel Center on Nov. 18

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September 22, 2021
BENTON HARBOR, MI – As audiences and families begin flocking back to theaters across the globe, the “most famous reindeer of all” from the longest running and highest rated holiday television special will fly into southwestern Michigan at The Mendel Center on Thursday, November 18, at 7 PM with the critically acclaimed live stage show Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
 
Following six successful years of touring and more than 600 performances, Rudolph and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster will return to help Santa save Christmas. 
 
General admission tickets by zone for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical go on sale Friday, September 24, at 10 am and start at $35. Tickets are available at www.TheMendelCenter.com and through The Mendel Center box office at (269) 927-8700, option 1 weekdays from 2 to 6 pm, and one hour before show times.  This performance is part of The Mendel Center's Discovery Series.
 
In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, made its network television debut and has been delighting audiences across the country for over 50 years. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is a wonderful new way to experience this family tradition,” says producing partner Jonathan Flom. The national tour is a family favorite -- “Rudolph has taken the country by snowstorm” (Hartford Courant) and “A magical time… and an utterly charming, top-notch production" (Orlando Sentinel).
 
Projections, costumes, and characters are faithfully brought to the stage against a backdrop of nostalgic set designs. The 12-foot-plus-tall Abominable Snow Monster is jaw-dropping. The cast brings high energy to classic songs and dialogue, while irresistible and loveable puppets highlight the charming “roughness” from the television show’s stop-motion effects.
 
Flom says, “The familiar story elements from the television special are addressed with a talented cast and puppeteers who help recreate the magic on stage.”
 
Since the special itself is a classic musical, the stage show does not feel at all like an adaptation and audiences are surprised and delighted when they see performances of songs such as “Fame and Fortune” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” that are heard but not performed in the TV special.
 
The story tells the tale of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright, shining nose, is excluded from the Reindeer Games. He flees Christmastown and meets up with new friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius. After finding The Island of Misfit Toys, Rudolph journeys home, where a snowstorm of epic proportions is threatening Christmas. Can Rudolph rescue his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday?
 
Rudolph’s partnership with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center continues this year. The show offers a free toolkit to educators that leverages the powerful messages from the Rudolph story to help us all celebrate our differences (www.pacer.org/teamrudolph). 
 
For additional information, visit www.rudolphthemusical.com and follow the latest updates on Facebook. #rudolphthemusical
 
The touring productions of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical are produced by Right Angle Entertainment, S2BN Entertainment and Premiere Producers LLC.
 
About Right Angle Entertainment (Producer)
Right Angle Entertainment specializes in the production, marketing, management and distribution of live theatrical, digital and concert events. RAE’s proud roster includes: America's Got Talent Live!, The Price is Right LIVE!, The Masked Singer National Tour, The Simon & Garfunkel Story, The Office! A Musical Parody (New York City and National Tour), Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (National Tour and Grand Old Opry), Together Live with Abby Wambach and Glennon Doyle, Sasha Velour’s Smoke & Mirrors Tour, among many others. Recently, Right Angle Entertainment have been trailblazers in the theatrical space producing safe, outdoor and immersive productions including the Art Heist Experience and The Office! – A Murder Mystery Parody.  www.rightangleentertainment.com
 
The Lake Michigan College COVID-19 policy for campus visitors currently includes mandated masks while indoors and social distancing whenever possible. Participation in public events is voluntary. Lake Michigan College cannot guarantee that patrons in attendance will not become infected with COVID-19. Patrons assume all risks for attending. If a change in the local public health landscape results in adjustments to the policy and/or event format, ticket holders will be notified via email as soon as possible.
 
About The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College
The Mendel Center raised the curtain on its first Mainstage season performance in the fall of 1992. Since that time, it has presented Mainstage season performances to more than half a million patrons in the 1,559-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre. Newly renovated Grand Upton Hall, first opened in 1979, is a 13,700-square-foot venue serving the community as the host site for meetings, banquets, trade shows, weddings, and other celebrations. The 234-seat Hanson Theatre is home to the Lake Michigan College Visual & Performing Arts Departments as well as a variety of Mendel Center and community events.
 
The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). Its GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.
 
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Mendel Center 2021-2022 Season Sponsors
Stage Side Sponsors: Honor Credit Union, Huntington Bank, JVIS USA, Kruggel Lawton CPAs, Meijer, Silver Beach Pizza, Silver Harbor Brewing Company, Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council, Sturgis Bank, TPC Technologies, Wales Wealth Management Group, Whirlpool Corporation
 
Platinum Sponsors: Adent’s Landscape Supplies, Inc., Berrien Community Foundation, Brookview Montessori School, Hungerford Nichols, CPAs + Advisors, Imperial Furniture, Insurance Management Services, Pier 33, United Federal Credit Union
 
Media Partners: 98.3 The Coast, News/Talk 94.9 WSJM, Sunny 101.5, SuperHits 103.7, MailMax, and The Herald Palladium,
 
Preferred Partner Hotels: The Inn at Harbor Shores and The Boulevard Inn & Bistro