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MARIAN ALUMNA TOURING WITH "RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER"

BY SUSAN ROSENLOF  |  December 7, 2016

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is signing loud for all to hear.” (Buddy the Elf)

While college students everywhere are cramming for finals, Sara Kreski ’14 will be singing, dancing and spreading Christmas cheer. The TCU junior is touring as a member of the cast of “Rudolph the Musical.” The national tour officially kicked off Nov. 26, when the tour bus left Dallas for Columbia, Missouri, the first stop on a 22-city tour that wraps up Dec. 23 in Florida.

For her part, Sara is playing an elf in the stage version of the animated television classic, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Preparing for a holiday tour required more than talent and long hours of rehearsal. Sara, an acting major, started preparations nearly a year in advance when she submitted her audition tape. In July, she was offered the part and had until July 31 to sign her contract. In the meantime, she had to review her fall class schedule and get approval from her professors and the dean.  The arrangement required that all of her coursework be finished before Thanksgiving break. By October, she was on an hour-by-hour schedule to get it all done without the advantage of a traditional dead week! This involved finishing all daily assignments, continuing to attend 18 hours of class, and studying for and completing finals. On top of that, she had to memorize the entire script, including choreography, music and blocking.

“We put the show together in a week! I had two rehearsals to review everything, and then we went straight into tech rehearsal, which lasted six days,” said Kreski. “Going through all the stress was worth it though! I get to work with professional actors and tour the country performing on a new stage every night! I would not trade this opportunity for the world!”

The show will be in Omaha at the Orpheum Theater on Dec. 10, which is half-way through the tour, and Sara will have several family members and friends in the audience. The second leg of the tour will take them north to Fargo and then east as far as North Carolina, before closing up in Florida. Sara will fly home to Omaha on Christmas Eve.

When it is all said and done, Sara will have logged nearly as many miles as Santa. She has learned a thing or two, being away from home for the holidays. “I have learned you can find Christmas anywhere! The cast is like a family, and each and every one of them has a heart of gold! Christmas is all about feeling loved and cherished, and my cast has definitely made that possible for me,” said Kreski.

What she has learned through the experience is perhaps the greatest gift of all. “The experience has taught me how to perform under any circumstances and to be bold. I would have never gotten the job if I didn't put myself out there and dream big,” said Kreski. 

Sara Kreski ‘14

COLLEGE MAJOR: Acting

FAVORITE SONG FROM THE SHOW: "We Are Santa's Elves"

MOST PLEASANTLY SURPRISING CITY TO DATE: Columbia, Missouri

FAVORITE ACTIVITY ON THE BUS: playing card games and watching movies

Sara Kreski