Illinois Valley Community College’s Theatre Department is literally kicking off the holidays with high kicks, singing and dancing when “Elf – The Broadway Musical” opens Thursday, Nov. 21 on the IVCC stage.
Based on the wildly successful Will Farrell movie, “Elf,” the story has been adapted for the stage featuring a large cast and multiple production numbers that even include tap dancing. The endearing “fish out of water” musical comedy places a North Pole elf amidst a grumpy New York City.
Starring as Buddy is Reid Tomasson of Oglesby. Buddy, after realizing he is human after all, leaves Santa (Mark Nowakowski, Peru) and his home at the North Pole in search of his father in New York.
Once in the city, he finds his workaholic father, Walter Hobbs (Don Grant Zellmer, La Salle), a stepmother, Emily (Natalie Verucchi, Oglesby), and even a little brother, Michael (Tyler Kofoid, Oglesby).
He also finds love in the form of a department store elf, Jovie (Ashley Hurst, Peru), a friend in his father’s assistant, Deb (Megan Cullinan, Peru), and turns the store manager (Melanie Maskel, La Salle) from a Scrooge to a true holiday fanatic.
“Elf – The Broadway Musical” will play evenings at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21, 22, 23, 29 and 30 and matinees at 2 p.m. Nov. 24, 30, and Dec. 1 in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre.
Reserved seating is available online at www.ivcc.edu/theatre and tickets are available at the door one hour prior to performance. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.