by: Magda Katz


On December 16, 2014, after rehearsal, students from NYTB and TADA! participated in a Q&A Session with members of the cast and creative team of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Education Advisor Dr. Sherrie Maricle welcomed The New York Pops and Musical Director Steven Reineke, Actor John Bolton and Founder and Artistic Director of the New York Theatre Ballet Diana Byer, as they shared their career experiences. Conductor Reineke spoke about his childhood in Ohio when he was introduced to music and found a life long passion for the performing arts. John Bolton, originally from Rochester, shared his memories of his first visit to Broadway. His parents took him to see “Annie” and he questioned why there were no boys in the show. He later joined school productions and realized that he was destined to pursue a life in the theater. Diana Byer, as a child, had a weight problem and her pediatrician told her parents that she needed to exercise and was put into a dance class and she has been dancing ever since. The children had very good questions for this esteem panel.

On Sunday December 21 2014 at 3:00PM in the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute presents RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER in a special holiday Family Concert with The New York Pops and Music Director Steven Reineke. This staged concert version of the iconic television special brings Rudolph, Santa and their friends to life through original choreography by director/choreographer Liza Gennaro, as performed by dancers from New York Theatre Ballet. In his debut with The New York Pops, Broadway actor John Bolton will narrate the classic Christmas tale, with additional characters voiced by Scot Cahoon, Rory Kulz, Bobby Underwood and students from TADA! Youth Theater. Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA will join The New York Pops to perform Johnny Marks’ beloved score.