Elf the Musical

The cast of “Elf the Musical” are getting ready to bring the Christmas spirit to theatre goers in DeLand, From left are Walter (Thomas Muniz), Michael (D'Montrae Harris), Emily (Chelsea Street), Buddy (Trevor Spence), Jovie (Taylor Whiteman) and Santa (Ayo Demps).

Like cascades of carefully crafted snowballs coming straight for your head, the delights of this year's holiday production at DeLand’s Athens Theatre is about to explode Christmas Spirit onto the stage.

Based on the 2003 holiday film, “ELF the Musical” transforms the story of Buddy the Elf into a lavish Broadway musical running from Saturday, Nov. 27, to Sunday, Dec. 19 at 124 N. Florida Ave., DeLand.

As a young orphan, Buddy (Trevor Spence), is raised by elves at the North Pole after mistakenly crawling into Santa’s (Ay Demps) toy sack. Unaware he is actually human, Buddy’s gigantic stature and lack of natural toy-making ability eventually force him to face the truth that he is not an elf.

With Santa’s blessing, Buddy makes his way to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs (Thomas Muniz), a cynical no-nonsense publishing executive. Buddy also discovers that most New Yorkers, including his stepmother Emily (Chelsea Street) and younger brother Michael (D’Montrae Harris), no longer believe in Santa and the spirit of Christmas.

The problem is after receiving a letter from PETA about proper treatment of the reindeer, Santa's sleigh now runs only on Christmas Spirit and will not fly unless people believe in him. People like his Buddy’s jaded maybe-girlfriend Jovie (Taylor Whiteman) and her co-workers (the other unhappy Macy’s elves).

The Dec. 10 performance will be signed by a pair of professional American Sign Language Interpreters.

Celebrate opening night with a free champagne (or sparkling juice) toast.

Tickets are priced from $11 to $30. For tickets or more information, visit athensdeland.com. For seating assistance, call (386) 736-1500 or email boxoffice@AthensDeLand.com.

Box Office hours are 1 to 5p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and one-and-a-half hours before live performances.

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