Crystal’s Elision Playhouse Hosts ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Jr.’
Just in time for Christmas, Shooting Starz Productions is putting on its version of a holiday classic: “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Jr.”
Productions start on Saturday, Dec. 16 and run through Dec. 23. The cast and leaders say they’re excited to share “Rudolph Jr.” with audiences.
“It gives people that warm, cozy Christmas feeling that people tend to need this time of year,” said Steph Caron, founder of Shooting Starz.
This is the Christian-based theater company’s 30th production. Shooting Starz is based in Osseo. It was founded in 2006 as Caron’s childhood dream. She said she loved to put on plays as a kid and has found a special passion in giving that opportunity to other kids.
“It’s been just such an honor to be able to walk alongside kids. Some kids join us when they are in elementary school up until when they are in high school,” Caron said. “To see the growth that takes place, even from just one show to the next, is absolutely amazing. So it’s just an honor to be a part of it.”
Caron works with kids like Anaya Lindman– who plays Sam the Snowman. Anaya said this is her biggest part yet.
“I perform Silver and Gold and Holly Jolly Christmas,” Anaya said. “I get to do a Rudolph intro, which is pretty fun.”
She’s been a part of the theater company since she was 5 years old. She recalls her first performance.
“I remember I was super nervous, and (there was) just a huge stage and a lot of audience, but I had a lot of fun doing it,” Anaya said. “I think I got more confidence in the years ever since.”
Jackson Kintzel, who is playing a number of characters in the show including Donner the reindeer, said he thinks this show is a perfect stop for a Christmas celebration.
“This would be the perfect place to go!” Kintzel said. “They would do gingerbread houses, and then come here and see the plays.”
Her students’ progress is one of Caron’s many joys.
“That is my absolute favorite part… seeing the kids grow in confidence and positive self-esteem,” Caron said.
There are are four different groups performing: purple, blue, neon and ruby. The different groups allow for small cast sizes.
Director Emily Bergren is responsible for some of those groups. She said working with Shooting Starz combines her two passions: working with youth and storytelling.
“This cast, the neon cast, is so expressive, so creative,” Bergren said. “They are so fun to watch. When I come and I see them, I am so entertained.”
Performances will be held at Elison Playhouse in Crystal. More information about tickets, times and dates are available on Shooting Starz’s website.