Delivering Christmas cheer: ‘Elf Jr., The Musical’ does it with toe-tapping music and talented actors

By Abby Chester
Times-News correespondent 

From left to right: Sydney Pereira, Abby Chester, Nick Chester, Ryan Mertz, Camden Wilder and Hailey Korzekwinski pose with Santa at Holly Hill Mall and Business Center recently. The actors are starring in Alamance Children's Theatre's "Elf Jr., The Musical." / Photo courtesy of Alamance Children's Theatre

“Elf Jr., The Musical” tells the story of a man named Buddy, who grows up in the North Pole as one of Santa’s elves. Buddy loves being with the elves, but little does he know that he is actually a human who crawled into Santa’s toy bag when he was a baby. The elves decide to raise him as one of their own, but Buddy is not fit to be an elf. Santa decides that Buddy needs to go to his human family in New York City, and thus the story begins.
The show is based off on the movie “Elf,” and it incorporates many popular lines from this famous Will Ferrell comedy. It follows Buddy and his adventure in New York and the struggle to fit in with his human family.
“Fun, touching and something that will warm your heart until the end” is how Ryan Mertz (Walter Hobbs) described the show. Like the film, “Elf” is all about how Buddy’s Christmas spirit is contagious among all he encounters.
Director Matt Adams described this as “the best kind of show to bring your family to. ‘Elf’ is a very family friendly show, and it will keep you laughing until the end. It is a great show for younger kids, or even adults that enjoy getting in the Christmas spirit with song, dance, and lots of elves.”
“Elf Jr.” contains many big song and dance numbers, but it also keeps the balance by adding a heartfelt ballad from Buddy at the end of the first act.
Sydney Pereira (Jovie) said that the show has been “an experience like no other that the audience will sincerely enjoy.”
Although “Elf Jr.” has much of the same storyline as its movie predecessor, some small changes have been added to make the musical its own. With quirky, but fun costumes, toe-tapping music and talented actors, this show is perfect for anyone looking for a little Christmas cheer.
If you want to see this show, performances are at 7 p.m. Dec. 2-3 and 9-10 and 2 p.m. Dec. 3-4 and 10-11 at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $9 for adults and can be purchased at the box office between noon and 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and two hours prior to show time. Credit card reservations can be made at 336-222-TIXS.

Abby Chester is a freshman at Western Alamance High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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