Great look. Magical performance.
The Red Cross' original Santa for their 9/11 orphans’ holiday event in December 2001. So gentle and joyful with grieving 9/11 children and families, the Red Cross sent their counselors to witness the phenomenon.
Annual appearances include:
Brooklyn's Metrotech Plaza Tree Lighting
NY Yacht Club
Most Popular Packages:
Classic Visit - photos with Santa (client provided), kids tell Santa what they want, gift giving (client provided)
Deluxe Visit - carol sing-along, reading of Night Before Christmas, and show-n-tell with Rudolph’s bells
David is an amazing Santa! He loves his job and is absolutely terrific with the kids. He takes time with each child and makes them feel incredibly special. I am an event planner and have hired him year after year for all my holiday gigs as I don't want anyone else! He is punctual, courteous, warm, and kind.
He takes great care of his Santa suit and it is pristine as is his beard and mustache.
He is one of a kind and an absolute gem!
Let me start with this...…….for the past 10+ years this gentleman ("Santa") has been part of our Christmas Eve family celebration. Ours is a large family with many children (as well as children from our extended families). The number of children in attendance has been as high as 15+. Over this time, the children have come to know this Santa as the true blue version. This Santa has seen the kids grow up through the years. Each year, even as the kids grew past the age of true believing, Santa provided a wonderful and fun filled time for them (as well as the adults). Putting aside the fun stuff, the level of professionalism and preparation was as impressive as the talent this gentleman possesses. In closing, at this point, we cannot imagine a Christmas Eve without inviting "A New York City Santa" as he has become as big a part of our family holiday tradition as any we have.
Price Range: Contact for Quote
Gig Length: 30 - 480 minutes
Unions: SAG, AEA
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
SANTA (Deluxe Package)
Your guests are enjoying their holiday party, when a clanging of sleigh bells is heard outside and Santa's laughter. Children gasp and become very excited, and Santa sweeps in briskly, carrying a sack of toys. Santa joyously greets the children, and they help him settle in (a very funny bit of comic business). Santa tells the children he's brought something special down from the roof—he doesn't do this all the time, so they're very lucky—and he shows them a set of reindeer sleigh bells (great photo opp). They are in fact Rudolph's bells. The children are gobsmacked! Together they ring the bells and everyone sings "Jingle Bells." Next, Santa pulls out a large book and reads "The Night Before Christmas" or "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (client's choice). The children and adults are invited to call out famous refrains, and older children may be asked to come up and read as well (a proud loving "family moment" and a great photo opp). Everyone sings "We wish you a Merry Christmas" (lyric sheets provided). Now, one by one the children are called up to tell Santa what they want, and Santa gives each an early gift (gifts are client provided to ensure that children get gifts that are just right. major photo opp). Santa interacts with everyone as children enjoy their gifts and parents clean up wrapping. Santa asks for volunteers to help him with this last song, and everyone sings "Twelve Days of Christmas." All children are asked to join Santa for a final photo opp. The excitement reaches it's peak, when Santa suddenly calls for silence. He hears something urgent. His reindeer are getting restless. It's time to go. And with that, he sweeps up his sack and bells, bids everyone farewell and exits as joyously and briskly as he entered, leaving kids and parents to marvel "Wow! Can you believe that. Santa came to see us! That was so special!"
Naturally, the Classic Visit is simpler in structure, and terrific for larger groups, while keeping all the excitement and joy.
R David Robinson is a professional actor & variety entertainer celebrating over 20-years performing for New York Theatre, corporate & private events.
His first performance as Santa was for the Red Cross for their 9/11 orphans’ holiday party in 2001. So gentle and joyful with grieving 9/11 children and families, the Red Cross sent their counselors to observe the phenomenon.
His Santa clients include, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Rockefeller Center, Brooklyn's Metrotech Plaza Tree Lighting, NY Yacht Club, Yale Club. Most of his business includes annual repeat clients averaging between five to ten years.
Other clients include HBO/Thames Television, Macy's, Royal Caribbean, Toys 'R' Us, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock, and Walt Disney. He can be seen as the Ghost of Christmas Present in the Grand Falloons' hysterical vaudeville rendering of “Scrooge” at the Morgan Library. R David was comic-foil to magician David Copperfield (Las Vegas: LV Hilton, Caesar's, MGM Grand; Washington DC (Fords Theater); and on national television, winning praise from Gene Kelly.
R David has trained extensively with internationally known master clowns, including: Philippe Gaulier (Founder, L'École Philippe Gaulier; his alumni include Emma Thompson and Simon McBurney, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen), Dick Monday (past Director, Ringling Bros. Clown College), Kenny Raskin (Broadway: Beauty and the Beast, LeFou, original cast; Cirque du Soliel), Larry Pisoni (Co-Founder, Artistic Director, Pickle Family Circus), and Avner Eisenberg (Off-Broadway: Avner the Eccentric). He holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University’s School for the Arts and is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and the Dramatists Guild.
Additional Booking Notes
Family Events: R David will arrive approximately 1 hour prior to performance, change into Santa costume and begin promptly. A private clean and secure changing space is required. Private family visit times are approximate, as it's always best to make a dramatic exit to my sleigh as soon as all requested services are completed so kids can focus on their toys. Be ready with cameras and gifts, and assign a helper in case there is any confusion on names or assignments of gifts. The performance itself is quite dynamic. Rudolph's bells make for a thrilling entrance and exit. The pace is brisk but fun and playful (the kids know Santa's a very busy man and has other children to attend to. That's part of the excitement).
Corporate Events: rehearsals and early report times are paid at the same hourly rate as performance. Once performer is "required" to be on site, the clock starts and doesn't stop till end of full appearance (no exceptions). For large or corporate appearances, an escort is required to ensure Santa's safety, and to act as stage manager, coming to get Santa at the appointed time and escort him to the performance area, and then at the end to escort him back to his dressing room. The changing space must be locked and/or guarded during performance.
All sound, music, and photographic elements are the responsibility of the client.
Please note that since Santa is all about "unconditional love," the corporate clients' escort/security/stage manager is responsible for protecting performer from any aggressive action or crowd control. (example: rowdy teens who think it's funny to tug at Santa's beard in public, etc.)
Past Booked Events
|December 24, 2018 • 7:00pm - 7:30pm||Dinner Party|
|December 22, 2018 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm||Corporate Event|
|December 15, 2018 • 9:00am - 4:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|December 13, 2018 • 2:00pm - 4:30pm||Corporate Event|
|December 07, 2018 • 9:00pm - 9:30pm||Christmas Party|
Songs (with Deluxe Package)
Jingle Bells (singalong)
We Wish You a Merry Christmas (singalong)
Twelve Days of Christmas (singalong)
Readings (choose one with Deluxe Package)
Night Before Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas