The holiday-season blockbuster at the Chemainus Theatre this year is the Broadway musical, Elf.
Kids and grown-ups will love this modern take on Christmas with its festive music, energetic dancing, and physical comedy all whirled into a story about finding the place where you belong.
Director Mark DuMez is excited about this big show.
“It’s got abundant wishes, a grand journey, and tons of joy to fill your stockings,” he said.
“You can even take ‘Elfies’ on set before the show, right when Santa’s coming to town. This is Christmas-maximus!”
This show is a polished, high-energy classic and includes a bevy of festive and playful songs.
Brad L’Écuyer joins musicians Alicia Murray and Nico Rhodes in performing 18 resounding pieces, such as: Christmastown, World’s Greatest Dad, Sparklejollytwinklejingley, A Christmas Song, and Nobody Cares About Santa.
Chemainus Theatre regulars will see many familiar faces plus a few new actors in this top-notch cast. Stepping into the tights of cheerful simpleton Buddy The Elf is Andrew Cohen, while his love interest is played by Alison MacDonald.
Buddy’s search turns up his father Walter (Timothy E. Brummund), as well as his stepmother (Sarah Carlé), and pre-teen half brother (Reuben Broadway and Ben Williams).
But when he realizes no one believes in Santa (Hal Kerbes), Buddy’s real mission begins: to bring back the holiday spirit.
If you enjoyed the motion picture — or even if the story is all new to you — you’ll be pleased to know that the premise of this musical stays true to the movie while offering some amusingly fresh tweaks.
The fun begins Friday, Nov. 20 and continues to New Year’s Eve. Tickets for matinée and evening performances are available. Call the box office at 1-800-565-7738, or order online at chemainustheatre.ca