Dasher's Magical Gift

2019 Performances To Be Announced

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Magical (and affordable!) holiday fun for kids ages 2-10 and their families! 
The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theatre

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2019 School Performances


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With Dasher's Magical Gift, CNY Arts continues its 40-year long tradition of providing an educational and affordable production filled with colorful characters, ample doses of humor, and holiday magic for children and families.

It's a few days before the big day. Everyone in Santa's workshop is buzzing with excitement about the biggest Christmas ever! Presents are being made, Santa is checking his list, and the reindeer are getting ready for the big flight. Plus, with more kids on the Nice List than ever before, Santa has announced that he is going to choose an extra reindeer to help pull the sleigh. But the biggest excitement of all is the arrival of Dasher, leader of Santa’s sleigh team and fastest of them all! Everyone is excited to see him and no one more so than his number one reindeer fan, Peppermint (her friends call her Pepper), who is hoping to get his autograph.

 Unfortunately, Dasher has a secret problem. It seems that amidst all of the glamour of being a holiday celebrity, Dasher has lost his ability to fly! As Christmas approaches and everyone is counting on him to lead the way, it looks like he doesn't have enough Christmas spirit to guide the sleigh. It looks like Christmas may be canceled, but with the help of Pepper and a couple of very lost penguins, Dasher will remember what the holiday season is all about and the Spirit of Christmas will prevail.

 With direction and choreography by Larry Crabtree, story by Matt Chiorini, costume design by Lindsey Quay Sikes, lighting design by John Czajkowski, additional costumes by Catherine Kingsley, and performed by students from Dance Centre North, Dasher's Magical Gift features a colorful cast of characters, beautiful ballet and music, ample doses of humor and heart, and some high-flying holiday magic.