Saturday, November 16, 2013


If you like to dress in red and green, from a pointy tasseled hat to slippers with bells, you may have a secret desire to be an elf.  'Tis the season for all good intentioned elves to assemble and the best place to congregate is clearly the Palace Theater in Waterbury from Tuesday, November 19 to Thursday, November 21 for three performances only, at 7:30 p.m.

The occasion is the production of "Elf The Musical," a super seasonal family show that is guaranteed to inject a holiday spirit in the grumpiest of hearts.  The story swirls around Buddy, a young orphan, whose adventures begin when he accidentally crawls into Santa's bag of goodies and gifts and finds himself transported to the North Pole.  Mistaken for one of Santa's helpers, Buddy tries to make toys in the workshop until his enormous size and lack of real toy making skills makes it obvious he is really a human.

His next adventures, once Santa has given him permission and his blessing, is to return to New York City to discover his true identity and his family.  When he realizes his real dad is more naughty than nice and that his step-brother Michael doesn't even believe in the jolly old man, Buddy takes on the huge task of making them believers, by teaching them the real meaning of the holiday.

You may remember the movie of the same name starring Will Farrell.  The musical version has a book adapted by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan, with music by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin.  Sprinkle a little sugar, cinnamon and fairy dust on this new, modern Christmas classic that is perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Matt Kopec stars as Buddy, with Gordon Gray as Santa, Matthew Alan Smith as his dad and Tyler Atomari as step-brother Michael.
Please bring a canned good or non-perishable food item to be donated to United Way of Greater Waterbury for families in need.

For tickets ($50-70), call the Palace Theater, 100 East Main Street, Waterbury at 203-346-2000 or online at  Performances are at 7:30 p.m.

Come cheer on Buddy as he works to save his family and the entire holiday of Christmas single-handedly.  He's sure to dance, sing and skate his way into your heart.

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