Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer JR.
Rudolph saves Christmas and goes down in history in the Broadway Junior version of this family classic!
Restrictions may apply
Show Essentials
23
Roles
+ Ensemble
G
Rated
1
Act

Full Synopsis

Panicked reporters fret over the terrible forecast for Christmas. At the North Pole, Sam the snowman introduces Christmastown to the audience. Sam recalls a time where Santa and Mrs. Claus were worried about Christmas Eve ("A Holly Jolly Christmas"). Sam shares the story of everyone's favorite reindeer: Rudolph ("Rudolph Intro"). Donner and Mrs. Donner quickly discover their son has an unusual, glowing red nose. When Santa meets Young Rudolph, he warns the Donners that their son may not make his sleigh team due to his nose ("Jingle, Jingle, Jingle"). Donner decides to hide his son's strange feature.

Inside Santa's castle, the Elves are hard at work making toys ("When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter"), but poor Hermey would rather be a dentist ("We're A Couple Of Misfits (Intro)"). Meanwhile, Donner forces Young Rudolph to wear a false nose ("We're A Couple Of Misfits (Continued)").

When Rudolph is old enough to participate in the Reindeer Games, he soars into the air with encouragement from a doe named Clarice. Rudolph impresses the other reindeer and Santa, but his false nose is knocked off when he tussles with Fireball. The Reindeer make fun of him, but Clarice insists that better days are ahead ("There's Always Tomorrow").

Meanwhile, Hermey is noticeably absent from the song the Elves are performing for Santa ("We Are Santa's Elves"). When Boss Elf finds Hermey, he cruelly tells the unenthusiastic elf that he'll never fit in. Hurt, Hermey decides to leave Christmastown. Along the way, Hermey meets Rudolph ("We're A Couple Of Misfits"). As the two new friends begin their journey, Bumble The Abominable Snow Monster roars in the distance, forcing them to hide. They meet Yukon Cornelius, who explains that he is seeking silver and gold. When the monster returns, the trio floats away on an iceberg ("Fame And Fortune").

Back in Christmastown, a worried Donner, Mrs. Donner, and Clarice set off to find Rudolph, while Sam muses over Yukon's obsession ("Silver And Gold"). Rudolph, Hermey, and Yukon land on the Island of Misfit Toys ("The Most Wonderful Day Of The Year (The Island Of The Misfit Toys)"). King Moonracer allows them to stay and asks them to tell Santa about the island. Hermey and Yukon discuss leaving in the morning, but Rudolph worries his nose will draw the Bumble's attention. He slips off alone in the night ("There's Always Tomorrow (Reprise)").

Rudolph returns home to find that his parents and Clarice are missing. When Rudolph finds his loved ones, they are trapped by the Bumble. After knocking it out, Hermey removes the monster's teeth. As the group exits the cave, Yukon and Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster accidentally tumble over a cliff. They mourn their loss, and the group returns to Christmastown, where the Elves are singing ("Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree"). Santa promises to find homes for the Misfit Toys, and Donner apologizes to his son. Suddenly, Yukon and a tame Bumble burst in, bringing extra cheer as the Elves perform their last-minute duties ("We Are Santa's Elves (Reprise)").

The weather reports are grim on Christmas Eve, but Santa has a brilliant idea: why not let Rudolph and his nose lead the team? Rudolph gladly agrees, and Santa's first stop is the Island of Misfit Toys ("A Merry, Merry Christmas To You"). They fly into the night, with Rudolph's nose leading the way ("Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer").

Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Large (21 or more performers)
Cast Type: Children

Character Breakdown

Sam

The story’s narrator – and a snowman! Sam remembers the winter of “the big storm” – so well, in fact, that he decides to tell the whole story. Sam should be a strong singer and actor. As the narrator, the audience should understand every word Sam says! Choose an actor with a warm and welcoming stage presence for this important role.

Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Santa Claus

Needs no introduction! Choose a more mature actor with a great stage presence who can act, carry a tune, and completely embody this significant character role.

Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Mrs. Claus

Another classic Christmas character. Cast an actor in this role that can make strong character choices and can be kind but firm with her husband.

Donner

Rudolph’s father and a proud member of the team who pulls Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. Donner does not sing a solo but should be a strong actor. It’s great if he reads as older onstage and pairs well with Mrs. Donner.

Mrs. Donner

Rudolph’s mother. She loves her son and even sets off to find Rudolph after he runs away. Mrs. Donner does not sing a solo, so cast a good actor who reads as older onstage and pairs well with Donner.

Young Rudolph

The hero of the story! This lovable misfit struggles to fit in due to his glowing, red nose. Young Rudolph should be a good actor and ideally appear younger onstage.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: G#3
Rudolph

The hero of the story! This lovable misfit struggles to fit in due to his glowing, red nose. Rudolph should be an excellent actor and singer, and he should be able to embody the emotional heart of the story.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A#3
Bumble

The Abominable Snow Monster can either be a few students operating a puppet or one student costumed as the monster. Bumble does not sing a solo, so this role should feature an actor with a great stage presence.

Hermey

A bit of an odd elf – he doesn’t want to make toys; he wants to be a dentist! Like Rudolph, Hermey is a misfit, and they become close friends over their shared outsider status. Cast a talented actor who can sing, act, and bring this dentist elf to life!

Gender: male
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: G#3
Boss Elf

A great role for a student who is a natural leader and has good comedic instincts. Boss Elf grumbles about Hermey’s interest in dentistry at first, but it’s only because he cares so much about making perfect toys for Santa – he doesn’t mean any harm. Cast a good actor in this role.

Gender: male
Fireball

One of the yearlings. He is not particularly nice to Rudolph after his glowing nose is revealed. Fireball does not sing a solo, so this is a great role for a good actor who may not have the strongest singing voice.

Gender: male
Clarice

A doe who takes a liking to Rudolph in spite of his glowing, red nose. She is kind to him and even goes to look for him after he runs away. Clarice sings “There’s Always Tomorrow,” so cast an actor with a great singing voice who is able to portray Clarice’s kindness, patience, and gumption.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Elves

The Elves (including Elf 1, Elf 2, Elf 3, Elf4, and Aviator Elf) are Santa’s helpers and the choral backbone of the show. Elves 1 – 4 sing solos, and Aviator Elf has a featured spoken line. Be sure to cast strong singers as Elves 1 – 4, and feel free to add as many additional Elves as students who want to be involved in your production!

Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Coach Comet

The coach in charge of training the yearlings. He is good at his job, even if he is a little gruff, and doesn’t take kindly at all to Rudolph’s glowing red nose. Coach Comet doesn’t sing a solo, so cast a good actor in this role who will read as older onstage compared to the yearlings.

Gender: male
Clarice's Father

A great role for a newcomer to the stage. Although he does not sing a solo, his brief cameo really drives home that Rudolph is an outcast in Christmastown.

Gender: male
Yukon Cornelius

A prospector in the hunt for silver and gold, Yukon has a big personality and is not afraid of anything, including Bumble. Yukon sings “Fame And Fortune,” but keep in mind that this song can be done in a character voice. The most important qualities for this performer are a commanding stage presence, the ability to make strong character choices, and a willingness to chew the scenery!

Gender: male
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: C4
King Moonracer

A great cameo role. This character does not sing a solo but should embody a regal, authoritative presence onstage. King Moonracer cares about the Misfit Toys on the island and wants to help them find real homes. Cast a good actor in this role who can command the stage.

Gender: male
Charlie-In-The-Box

The sentry on the Island of Misfit Toys. Sad to be named Charlie instead of Jack, Charlie-in-the-Box has several important lines and a few solos. This is a great role for a good actor and singer who can project and speak clearly onstage.

Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: C4
Dolly

Lives on the Island of Misfit Toys. This small role includes a solo and a few lines – ideal for a talented new performer who’s not quite ready for a lead role.

Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: E4
Cowboy

One of the Misfit Toys. They have a few featured lines and are perfect for younger performers who may be new to the stage. 

Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: E4
Train

One of the Misfit Toys. They have a few featured lines and are perfect for younger performers who may be new to the stage.

Plane

One of the Misfit Toys. They have a few featured lines and are perfect for younger performers who may be new to the stage.

Bird-Fish

One of the Misfit Toys. They have a few featured lines and are perfect for younger performers who may be new to the stage. 

Spotted Elephant

Lives on the Island of Misfit Toys. This role is perfect for a new performer.

Ensemble

Roles include: Herald Reporter, Chicago Reporter, Daily Mail Reporter, Daily News Reporter, Chronicler Reporter, Reindeer (including Reindeer 1, Reindeer 2, Reindeer 3), Elves (including Elf 1, Elf 2, Elf 3, Elf 4, and Aviator Elf), Yearlings, Misfit Toys

Full Song List
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer JR. : A Holly Jolly Christmas
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer JR. : Rudolph Intro
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer JR. : Jingle, Jingle, Jingle
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer JR. : When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer JR. : We’re A Couple Of Misfits (Intro)
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer JR. : We’re A Couple Of Misfits (Continued)
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer JR. : There’s Always Tomorrow
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer JR. : We Are Santa’s Elves
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer JR. : We’re A Couple Of Misfits
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer JR. : Fame And Fortune
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer JR. : Silver And Gold
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer JR. : The Most Wonderful Day Of The Year (The Island Of The Misfit Toys)
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer JR. : There’s Always Tomorrow (Reprise)
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer JR. : Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer JR. : We Are Santa’s Elves (Reprise)
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer JR. : A Merry, Merry Christmas To You
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer JR. : Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Curriculum Connection

  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Math
  • Biology
  • Technology

Billing

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.

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[Your Organization]
Production of
Music & 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
 
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