Geauga County residents will embrace their inner “elf” when West Geauga Middle School students present their production of Elf The Musical JR., it was announced today by Drew Cohen, president of Music Theatre International (MTI). The show, featuring 33 Students in grades 6 – 8, premieres on December 9th.
“Elf The Musical JR. is an uplifting musical about one boy’s quest to find his true identity. The story encourages each of us to approach each day with goodwill, wonder and cheer,” says Cohen. “From the first rehearsal the students from West Geauga Middle School have worked together as a team to create this wonderful experience for your community to enjoy. We think they deserve a standing ovation for all their work,” he adds.
West Geauga Middle School will present Elf The Musical JR. on Friday and Saturday, December 9th and 10th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 11th at 2:00 p.m. at the West Geauga Middle School auditorium (8611 Cedar Rd, Chesterland, Ohio 44026). Tickets are $6.00, and are available at the door. For more information on the show, please call Sarah Mann at 440-729-0158.
Elf The Musical JR. is based on the 2003 New Line Cinema hit and features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer) and Chad Beguelin (Disney’s Aladdin On Broadway, The Wedding Singer), a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).
The musical tells the story of a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is given the name Buddy and raised by elves in the North Pole. Buddy lives happily unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.
With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list, and his stepbrother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of the holidays.
Elf The Musical JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 MTIShows.com.
Music Theatre International and Broadway Junior Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting schools as well as amateur and professional theatres from around the world the rights to perform the largest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these shows to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 70,000 theatrical organizations in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.
Broadway Junior features a collection of developmentally appropriate 30 and 60-minute musicals for elementary and middle school-aged performers. Since 1996, over 100,000 Broadway Junior productions have taken place around the world involving over 500,000 educators and over 5 million student performers.