November 17, 2016: The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) celebrates the holidays with a title known the world over, ELF THE MUSICAL JR. (December 10 -18, 2016). The show is based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit. Elf The Musical JR. features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (Disney’s Aladdin On Broadway, The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone). The TCT production is being directed by Roderick Justice and choreographed by Eric Byrd, with music direction by Steve Goers.
Buddy, a young orphan mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised 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 Christmas.
ELF THE MUSICAL JR. presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, December 10-18, 2016. Saturday December 10 at 2 PM and 5 PM; Sunday December 11 at 2 PM and 5 PM; Friday December 16 at 7:30 PM; Saturday December 17 at 2 PM and 5 PM; and Sunday December 18 at 2 PM at the Taft Theatre, 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Tickets $10-$30. 1-800-745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are selling fast!
Q102 and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati are proud to collect items for St. Joseph Orphanage at all performances of ELF THE MUSICAL JR. Children and adults are encouraged to bring any new or unwrapped item to the show and we’ll collect them in the Taft Theatre lobby. In addition, TCT will collect gifts at our Red Bank Road location. Patrons can drop off items in the lobby of our new building during business hours.
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of ELF THE MUSICAL JR. is made possible by the generous support of Macy’s, and the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign. Season Sponsors are the Charles H. Dater Foundation and the Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Media sponsors are Cincinnati Enquirer, LOCAL 12 and Q102.
TCT’s ELF THE MUSICAL JR. cast includes:
- Olivia Bayer – Ensemble
- Rhys Boatwright – Ensemble; (u/s Matthews, Chadwick & Sam)
- Bailey Broxterman – Ensemble
- Christopher Carter – Ensemble; Chadwick (u/s Buddy)
- Daniel Cooley – Ensemble; Matthews (u/s Walter & Greenway)
- Marlo D’Ascenzo – Ensemble
- Mia Bella D’Ascenzo – Ensemble
- Lily Deye – Ensemble
- Anthony Frederickson – Michael
- Hannah Gregory – Jovie
- Heather Hale – Ensemble (u/s Jovie)
- Austin Harvey – Ensemble
- Jack Higgason – Ensemble
- James Jones – Buddy
- Aubrey E. Jones – Ensemble; Shawanda
- Ethan Marx – Ensemble; Charlie
- Deondra Kamau Means – Store Manager
- Danielle Muething – Ensemble
- Janie Nalbandian – Ensemble
- Rodney Neal – Mr. Greenway (u/s Santa)
- Maddi O’Connell – Ensemble
- Dain Alan Paige – Walter
- Brett Gregory Parr – Ensemble
- Cody Roberts – Ensemble; Sam
- Joy Rolland-Oba – Deb
- Deb Schubert – Emily
- Kate Stark – Ensemble
- Michelle Wells – Ensemble
- John Wenstrup – Santa
- Megan Williams – Ensemble (u/s Deb & Emily)