Elf the Musical, Jr.
November 22 - December 28, 2019
Suitable For All Ages
CAPTURE THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS!
Approximately 80 MINUTES including a brief intermission.
ADDED PERFORMANCE: December 19th at 7pm
Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & DIRECTOR - Sandy Boren-Barrett
DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER - Michael Matthew Ferrell
Join us this holiday season as we follow Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. After being raised as a would-be elf at the North Pole, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities causes him to embark on a new beginning to discover who he really is. Through his heart-felt determination to win over his new family, Buddy helps us all remember the true meaning of Christmas. Based on the beloved holiday film from New Line Cinema, this hilarious musical is filled with memorable music and lots of laughs for the whole family to enjoy.ELF-THE MUSICAL JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES FOR
Elf the Musical, Jr.
PAY WHAT YOU CAN PERFORMANCE (PWYC) : Sunday, November 24, 2019, 4:00 PM
SENSORY FRIENDLY PUBLIC PERFORMANCE (SF) : Saturday, November 30, 2019, 10:00 AM
To Reserve Sensory Friendly Performance Tickets: Call (952) 979-1111, option 4 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ASL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE (ASL) : Sunday, December 15, 2019, 1:00 PM
AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE (AD) :Sunday, December 15, 2019, 1:00 PM
TOYS FOR TOTS, Now thru Dec 15, 2019
Drop off new unwrapped toys for a family in need, in our lobby before all performances of Elf the Musical Jr between now and December 15, 2019.
Photos by Fischeye Films.
Publicity Photo Location courtesy of Mall of America, aka: the North Pole.
"Wonderful for all ages!"
"It was great! We brought our three grandchildren ranging in age from 7 to 14. They enjoyed it immensely!"
"Excellent production, great acting, singing and dancing!"
Elena Bergren (Sam & Ensemble)Delaney Brooks (Sarah & Ensemble)Isaiah Bustamante (Fake Santa & Ensemble)Evan Decker (Matthews & Ensemble)Shana Eisenberg (Emily Hobbs)Sofia M Fraser (Elf & Ensemble)Kamrie Frost (Deb & Ensemble)Riley Gamades (Elf & Ensemble)Ian Handeland (Macy's Manager)Grant Hudson (Elf & Ensemble)Pavan Kartik (Elf & Ensemble)Indra Khariwala (Elf & Ensemble)Jackson Lyon (Buddy)Sara Magnuson (Jovie)Sam Mandell (Michael Hobbs)Emily May (Darlene & Ensemble)Kyla-Ashlee Plair (Santa Helper & Ensemble)Lilie Rankin (Charlotte & Ensemble)Bruce Rowan (Santa)Asgerami Semkoff (Mother & Ensemble)Medi Semkoff (Elf & Ensemble)Brent Teclaw (Walter Hobbs)Isabella TenPas (Elf & Ensemble)Mark Turcotte (Ethan & Ensemble)Josie Turk (Shawanda Elf & Ensemble)Hogan Vaupel (Charlie & Ensemble)Alex Weiner (Elf & Ensemble)Tad Williamson (Greenway & Ensemble)Tiahna Wolfe-Shields (Chadwick & Ensemble)
Creative and Production Team
- ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & DIRECTOR - Sandy Boren-Barrett
- DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER - Michael Matthew Ferrell
- LIGHTING DESIGNER - Jeff Brown
- COSTUME & MAKE-UP DESIGNER - Samantha Fromm Haddow
- DIRECTING APPRENTICE - Ian Handeland
- TECHNICAL DIRECTOR - Gretchen Katt
- COSTUME SUPERVISOR - Christa Ludwig
- SOUND DESIGNER - Alan Pagel
- STAGE MANAGER - Emily Sullivan
- PRODUCTION MANAGER - Melanie Salmon-Peterson
- PROPS DESIGNER - Kenji Shoemaker
- SET DESIGNER - Joe Stanley
- ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER - Krysti Witta
- MUSIC DIRECTOR - Kim Willow
SANDY BOREN-BARRETT (Co-Director and Artistic Director of Stages Theatre Company) – Sandy Boren-Barrett has been with Stages Theatre Company (STC) since 1990, allowing her to pursue her passion for theatre production and education, along with community building theatre serving young audiences. During her time in leadership STC has been awarded National recognition, with the 2017 Harold Oaks Award for Innovative Contributions to the Field of Theatre for Young Audiences , as well as the 2018 - 50/50 Applause Award for promoting gender equity with playwrights. STC’s 2019-2020 season selection was highlighted in TYA Today Magazine as an example of “a promising increase in representation, specifically in works that feature the stories of contemporary young people of color”. Sandy led an International performance tour and artistic exchange with the “Young Peoples Theatre of Theatre Royal” in Bath England, and continues to provide collaborative experiences with other production companies. Sandy has served as board chair for the Minnesota Theatre Alliance, and is currently chair of Mn. Citizens for the Arts. An accomplished director, Boren-Barrett has directed over 75 productions at STC, which include many new works and dance-inspired productions including Owl Moon, The Nightingale, The Mitten and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. She directed the local premiere, mainstage production of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, the musical, which remains the highest attended production at Stages Theatre Company.
MICHAEL MATTHEW FERRELL (Co-Director & Choreographer) Michael is a three-time Ivey Award winner and recently received the AARP 50 over 50 Distrutor Award. He was also named 2015 & 2010 Choreographer of the Year by Lavender Magazine and also won the WCCO Making A Difference Award for his work with A&K. Theater Credits include: Drowsy Chaperone, Hairspray, Guys and Doll’s, Singin’ In The Rain, Les Miserables, 42nd Street, On The Town and Oklahoma for Artistry; Gypsy, Oliver!, Cabaret, Aida, Company, Spring Awakening, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Evita, The Full Monty, Parade, The Rink, and Passage of Dreams for Theatre Latte Da; RagTime, and The Fantastics for Park Square Theatre; You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Grand Night for Singing, and Broadway’s Legendary Ladies at The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts . Shrek,Wizard of Oz, Annie, Babe The Sheep Pig,Tommy, Spelling Bee, Disney’s High School Musical ,A Year with Frog and Toad ,and Fashion 47 for The Children’s Theatre Company. Cats, Annie, The Sound of Music, Camelot, Music Man, My Fair Lady, Forever Plaid, Oklahoma, and Can Can for Chanhassen Theatre’s. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mary Poppins, White Christmas, Anything Goes for the Duluth Playhouse. Additionally his work has been seen at The Ivey Awards, Children’s Theatre Curtain Call Ball, The Minnesota Opera Company, Sesame Street, Stages Theatre Company, Pantages Theatre, Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Awards and Guthrie Theatre. He has staged many corporate events with clients including Target Corporation and American Payroll Association . He has also taught and worked at several academic schools including U of M ,UMD,Gus Davis Academy, St Olaf College, Eastview, Hill Murray, Minnetonka and Spooner WI .
THOMAS MEEHAN (BOOK) Thomas Meehan received the Tony Award for co-writing the book for The Producers in 2001 and in 2003 for co-writing the book for Hairspray. He received his first Tony Award in 1977 for writing the book of Annie, which was his first Broadway show, and has written the books for the musicals Rocky, Elf the Musical, Cry-Baby, Young Frankenstein, Chaplin, Bombay Dreams, I Remember Mama, Ain’t Broadway Grand and Annie Warbucks. In addition, he was a long-time contributor of humor to The New Yorker, an Emmy-Award winning writer of television comedy, and a collaborator on a number of screenplays, including Mel Brooks' Spaceballs and To Be Or Not To Be. Mr. Meehan was also a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild. He and his wife, Carolyn, divided their time between a home in Nantucket and an apartment in Greenwich Village, near which, on Hudson Street, she owned and presided over the long-running and near-legendary children's store Peanut Butter & Jane.
BOB MARTIN (BOOK) - BOB MARTIN has been working as an actor and writer in Canadian theatre, film and television for over 3 decades. He has had a long association with the Toronto Second City, where he co-wrote and performed in four Second City revues, directed three, and had a stint as Artistic Director. He is a co-creator of The Drowsy Chaperone, and has performed in many of its incarnations including Ahmanson Theatre (Los Angeles), Marquis Theatre (Broadway), Novello (London). Bob has won a number of awards for his work including an LA Drama Critics Circle Award, an L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award, a Drama Desk Award, a Theatre World Award, and a Tony Award. He is also co-creator of the critically acclaimed dramatic series Slings & Arrows. Recent TV projects include Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays I & II (CBC), Sensitive Skin I & II (HBO), and Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas (NBC). Recent theatre projects include Elf (Broadway), Minsky's (Ahmanson LA), and in dev., Gotta Dance, The Sting, and Millions. Bob reunited with Elf collaborators Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin to create the new musical The Prom, now playing on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre and nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
MATTHEW SKLAR (MUSIC) - Matthew Sklar is a Tony®, Emmy®, and Drama Desk Award-nominated composer. His works include the Broadway musicals Elf and The Wedding Singer (Tony Award Nomination for Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Music). He also wrote the music for The Rhythm Club (Signature Theatre), Judas & Me, and Wicked City (American Stage Company). Matthew reunited with Elf collaborators Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin to create the new musical The Prom, now playing on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre and nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Matthew received a 2015 Primetime Emmy® Award Nomination for Outstanding Music Direction for the critically-acclaimed NBC stop-motion animated TV special "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas", starring Jim Parsons. He adapted and arranged the music of Marvin Hamlisch for the Emmy Award-winning documentary film Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love, seen on PBS/American Masters. Matthew has contributed original songs/music to Sesame Street, Wonder Pets!, and the NBC Broadcast of The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. As a freshman at New York University, Matthew began playing keyboards for the Broadway production of Les Miserables, eventually conducting the show at 21. He has also been a keyboardist, conductor, and/or arranger for many Broadway productions including Shrek, Caroline, or Change, Nine, Oklahoma, 42nd Street, Putting It Together, Annie Get Your Gun, On the Town, Titanic, Guys and Dolls, Sunset Boulevard, and Miss Saigon. Matthew also appeared onstage as Oscar in the Broadway revival of 42nd Street. Awards include the ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, the Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theatre Award, and the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award. He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, and the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802. His music is published by Warner/Chappell Music. Matthew was educated at The Juilliard School of Music (Pre-College Division), the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and New York University.
CHAD BEGUELIN (LYRICS) is a four-time Tony Nominee whose works include Disney's Aladdin (Tony Award Nomination for Best Book and Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Lyrics and Best Book) and The Wedding Singer (Tony Award Nomination for Best Book and Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Lyrics). He also wrote the lyrics for the Broadway musical Elf, which broke several box office records at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. His play HARBOR premiered off-Broadway at Primary Stages. Chad also wrote the book and lyrics for Judas & Me (NYMF Award for Excellence in Lyric Writing), The Rhythm Club (Signature Theater) and Wicked City(American Stage Company). Chad reunited with Elf collaborators Matthew Sklar and Bob Martin to create the new musical The Prom, now playing on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre and nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. He is the recipient of the Edward Kleban Award for Outstanding Lyric Writing, the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Musical Theater Award and the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award. Chad is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Dramatic Writing Program.