Reindeer, elves, penguins, and some surprise guests are preparing for CNY Arts' third annual presentation of its holiday family event, Dasher’s Magical Gift. The entirely local production was developed and staged by Syracuse theater and dance professionals.
Hundreds of Central New York students and educators will travel from Central New York schools to attend the school performances on December 7, 8, and 9 at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center in Syracuse. For many children, it will be their first introduction to live theater and dance.
Tickets are now on sale for the family production, open to the community, to be performed at 11 am on Saturday, December 10.
The hour-long, narrated ballet (sign-interpreted by Robert Steingraber) features a colorful cast of characters, some well-known to children, such as Dasher, some brand new, such as the reindeer Peppermint and Sir Ralph Elf, plus many surprises and fun touches. With its very young audience in mind, the show centers on a theme of caring, sharing, and being yourself. Dasher’s Magical Gift was written for CNY Arts by Matt Chiorini, Director of the Theatre Program at LeMoyne College. Larry Crabtree, Adjunct Dance Instructor at LeMoyne College and Syracuse University, and faculty member at Dance Centre North, directs and choreographs.
Dance Centre North’s middle and high school age dancers will continue their long tradition of performing CNY Arts’ holiday production. Director Cathy Napolitano Mucci’s Syracuse area dance school has taught classical ballet as well as other dance traditions for 28 years. Costumes were created by Lindsey Quay Sikes-Voorhees, Visiting Professor of Costume Design at Le Moyne College, and Catherine Kingsley, whose creations have appeared in many American and European productions.
Show tickets range in price from $10 to $19 with new festive fun packs available that include reindeer antlers or ornaments. Discounts of $1 per ticket are available with the purchase of 4 or more tickets. To order, call (315) 299-5598 or visit cnyarts.org/dasher.