Patrons of Stillwater’s Town & Gown Theatre may not be familiar with “Elf the Musical,” but will likely have heard of the movie it’s based on. The heartwarming musical features a familiar plot line with energetic songs and dances to keep audiences of all ages on the edge of their seats. The story, as written by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin and adapted from the screenplay, with music by Matthew Sklar, will be a delight to all. Rumor also has it that Santa will be at the theater to take pictures with the children 45 minutes before each performance, and his elves have brought some North Pole fun to the Town & Gown lobby.
“Elf The Musical” includes a cast of seasoned Town & Gown veterans as well as a few new faces, and director Anna Davis will be familiar to Town & Gown audiences as well. The show tells the tale of Buddy the Elf, played by Adam Park, who is actually not an elf at all, but a human who’s been raised by elves at the North Pole. When Buddy discovers his true nature, he goes on an adventure to meet his birth father, Walter Hobbs, played by John Mark Day. Sydney Weiser plays Jovie, the cynical shop clerk who captures Buddy’s heart. Mark Weiser is Santa and Andrea Peters plays Hobbs’ secretary Deb, with newcomers Erin Moore and Kian Keeth rounding out Buddy’s new family as Walter’s wife and son. A chorus of elves are sure to bring joy and laughter to all who attend.
“Elf the Musical” is recommended for all ages and will run for ten performances, from December 1st through the 5th and the 8th through the 12th. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. Patrons will be REQUIRED to wear masks for both Thursday performances (December 2nd and 9th), and masks are strongly recommended for all other dates. Tickets will go on sale Monday, November 29th and can be obtained by calling the box office at (405) 372-9122 or visiting the theatre’s Web site at www.townandgown.org. Tickets prices are $16 for adults, $14 for students, and $14 for seniors attending either Sunday matinee.