Youth Theatre to Present Elf the Musical

By Chris Shoemaker | December 4, 2017 | RSS

Youth Theatre to Present Elf the Musical
Bluefield Youth Theatre at Bluefield College will present the modern holiday hit Elf the Musical, Jr., Thursday, December 14 and Friday, December 15.

Bluefield Youth Theatre at Bluefield College will present the modern holiday hit Elf the Musical, Jr., Thursday, December 14 and Friday, December 15.


Featuring a host of local youth, the performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. each night in BC’s Harman Chapel Auditorium. Admission for each performance of the family-friendly Christmas production will be $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Members of the BC family will be admitted for free.

Based on the movie Elf, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Will Ferrell, Elf the Musical, Jr. tells the story of Buddy, who has lived his whole life among the elves at the North Pole, but for some reason never felt like he fit in. One Christmas Buddy learns life-changing news – that he is not an elf, but in fact a human orphan, and his biological father is alive and well, living in New York City.

In light of this news, Buddy decides to leave the North Pole to set out on an epic journey to meet his father, find his family, and maybe even save Christmas. Elf the Musical features a script by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin with music by Matthew Sclar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin.

In the Bluefield Youth Theatre (BYT) rendition of the musical, Buddy is played by BYT regular Brian Fisher, last seen by audiences as Shrek in a spring 2017 production of Shrek the Musical. His biological father, Walter Hobbs, is played by Noah Jennings, another long-time veteran of Bluefield Youth Theatre. Jovie, the grouchy Macy’s employee with whom Buddy falls in love is played by BYT regular Sarah Jacobs.

Youth Theatre alumna and Bluefield College freshman Alexandra Stout plays Buddy’s stepmother, Emily Hobbs, while Zach Bowman, currently in his second BYT show, plays Michael Hobbs, Walter and Emily’s son who just discovered his big brother is an elf.

Other cast members include Mary Jones as Mrs. Greenway, Claire Fisher as Deb, A.J. Donchetz as Santa Claus, Emma Miller as the Macy’s department store manager, Elijah Jennings as a department store Santa, and Aiden Stout as elf supervisor Charlie.

Members of the music ensemble include Xavier Ball, Mandy Blevins, Chloe Bowers, Alec Church, Zoe Hodge, Elise Jacobs, Dayne Lowe, Graci Lowe, Joselynn Pruitt, Cannon Smith, Finn Smith, Elias Stout, Noa Svendsen, Kimberly Turner, and Rachel White. The production is directed by Bluefield College thearte professors Charles M. Reese and Rebecca McCoy-Reese and is choreographed by BC theatre major Ashley Burton.

Bluefield Youth Theatre at Bluefield College began in the fall of 2007 when dozens of local youth responded to a call for auditions for the production of Treasure Island, a performance that would become one of BC Theatre’s largest and most popular ever. From that event, the vision was born to create a theatre company designed specifically for training and performance experience for the youth and children of the two Virginias.

In December of 2007, the concept came to fruition with The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the pilot production of Bluefield Youth Theatre. Today, more than 100 local youth have performed in Bluefield Youth Theatre for audiences of more than 20,000. Elf the Musical will be the group’s 23rd production, following two repeat performances of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; The Adventures of Robin Hood; Oliver Twist; Charlotte’s Web; Arthur at Merlin’s King’s Academy; A Christmas Carol; Jungle Book; Aladdin; Peter Pan; Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Mulan; The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree; The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian; The Little Mermaid, Jr.; Alice@Wonderland; Beauty and the Beast, Jr.; Annie, Jr.; The Hiding Place; and Shrek the Musical.

Elf the Musical, Jr. opens Tuesday, December 12 at 7:30 pm with additional performances on Thursday and Friday, December 14 and 15 at 7:30 pm. There is no performance on Wednesday, December 13. For more information, contact the Bluefield College Theatre Department at 276-326-4244 or 276-326-4213 or by email .

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