‘Elf – The Musical’ opening November 11 | News, Sports, Jobs

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Buddy, right, played by Tristan Sitzmann, and Jovie, played by Anna Cummings, examine gifts at a recent rehearsal.

The Comedia Musica Players have selected a comedic and energetic show for their 54th annual production.

Rehearsals are in full swing for “Elf – The Musical” in preparation for the opening night on November 11.

The creative team behind the production includes Stephanie Coble-Day as Show Director, Dan Cassady as Music Director, Shelly Bottorff as rehearsal accompanist and Emily Eastwood as choreographer.

Based on the hit 2003 holiday movie, the musical follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Elf features songs from Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer) and Chad Beguelin (Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).

Buddy, a young orphan, slips by mistake into Santa’s gift bag and is transported to the North Pole. The so-called elf is brought up, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities force him to face the truth. Courtesy of Santa Claus (Sean O’Connor), adult Buddy (Tristan Sitzmann) sets out on a trip to New York City to find his biological father and discover his true identity.

-Submissive photo Buddy, right, played by Tristan Sitzmann, greets his family at a recent rehearsal.

He finds his father, Walter Hobbs (played by Buzz Powers) in his office. There, Walter rants with his wife Emily (Holly McHone), young son Michael (Corban McHone) and secretary Deb (Amy Porter) over how Christmas gets in the way. Buddy is taken by security and dropped off at Macy’s where he is mistaken by the store manager (Nathan Schelle) as one of the employees. Her favorite employee is Jovie (Anna Cummings), one of the store’s elves, and Buddy is instantly in love with her.

Faced with the harsh realities that his dad is on the villain list and his stepbrother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York City remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Appearing in the series as supporting characters are David Everson, Jordan Martin, Esther Laupp and Jim Seward. The show will also feature local children like the Elves at the North Pole.

This modern day holiday classic is sure to have everyone kissing their Inner Elf. After all, the best way to spread the joy of Christmas is to sing it out loud so that everyone can hear it.

“Elf – The Musical” will be played at the Decker Auditorium from November 11 to 13 at 7 p.m. every night, plus a Saturday morning at 2 p.m.

This year, places will be general admission. Tickets are on sale now at Hy-Vee in Fort Dodge and will also be available on the Comedia Musica Players website at www.comediamusica.com.

Admission is $ 15 for adults, $ 10 for child / student tickets.

The Comedia Musica Players were founded in 1968 by Larry Mitchell and Scott Griffith. Email [email protected] for more information. You can also follow Comedia on Facebook at www.facebook.com/comediamusicaplayers and on Instagram and Twitter @ comedia – musica.

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