That is a good question, and one we actually discussed in rehearsal. There are a few theories among Misfit Philosophers. Rick Goldschmidt in his book "The Enchanted World of Rankin Bass" writes: In the original broadcast the Dolly's screen time is mere seconds. I don't believe Romeo Muller really gave the character much thought. She was granted more screen time in the 1965 and 1997 broadcasts which ultimately led many a fan to wonder what was wrong with her. Arthur Rankin says that Dolly's problem is more psychological. As it is never mentioned in the script why in particular the doll is a misfit, some offer this: Charlie-in-the-Box tells Rudolph, Hermey and Yukon when they arrive on the Island of Misfit Toys that King Moonracer flies over the earth each night and brings unloved toys to the Island of Misfits. Dolly is perhaps there because she feels she is unloved (as King Moonracer explains about misfits) and perhaps the little girl who once played with her has grown up and Dolly now sits in a box, unwanted, waiting to be loved by another little girl again. "In certain circles," this explanation is offered and widely accepted by Misfit Philosophers. In 1998, CVS released beanies toys. The Misfit Doll tag reads: "I'm a little rag doll who just wants a friend. I think that will help my broken heart mend."
How does Rudolph fly?
If you’ve seen the show already you’ll know that Rudolph is able to “fly” with the help of some special actors who are dressed in white from head to toe, so as to disappear into the set more easily. They actually lift Rudolph so that he can “fly” as needed. This technique was also used in our production of PETER PAN AND WENDY. These special actors or kōken (we’ve actually been calling them Snowkens – because they are dressed in white instead of the traditional black) and the tradition of utilizing costumed actors/stage hands to manipulate the set, actors, or puppets is actually an age old method from traditional Japanese theater. Through the use kōken we can bring the set to life, manipulating the elements of the environment, helping reindeer fly and bringing to life puppets ranging from birds, to the Misfit Toys, and even the Abominable!
The Bumble is puppeteered by several people. One person is on each arm - making those move, and the person holding the head has a string that he uses to move the Mouth.
The materials used to build the Bumble include foam, fake fur, aluminum tubing, felt, spandex, a little luck and a lot of hope and a great design to begin with.
Where did all the snow come from?
There are 3 snowmaker machines above the set that shake the snow out. Snow is catapulted through snow cannons backstage. We also have a snow cannon that is attached to a leaf blower to blow even MORE snow onstage!
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Remaining performances for RUDOLPH are filling fast – but don’t worry! Rudolph doesn’t have to get back to the North Pole just yet. We have several performances December 27-30 to keep you in the holiday spirit. Visit www.firststage.org for tickets and information.