North Creek High School (NCHS) is set to debut its production of “Elf: The Musical.”
Based on the holiday film, this fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the elf in his quest to find his true identity.
The story follows Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised unaware that he is actually human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
A cast and crew of more than 60 students, along with help from parents and boosters, have been working on this production since September.
NCHS is one of the first schools in the greater Seattle area to acquire the rights to the holiday musical.
Directed by Tim Hagerman, “Elf: The Musical” is working with local musical professionals Shileah Corey as the musical director and Coulson Bingham as a choreographer.
Hagerman said he has enjoyed watching the cast grow into their roles.
“We have the right actors for this show,” he said. “It’s been so much fun to see them get better and grow into their roles.”
Hagerman said he was excited when the rights to the musical became available in mid-July.
“We wanted to do a winter-themed musical in the winter because the rest of the high schools do theirs in the spring,” he said. “I thought this would be a great show to kick off with.”
Performances are at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14, with an additional matinee at 2 p.m. on Dec. 14. Tickets are $15 for non-students and $12 for students, seniors and military. To secure tickets online, go to schoolsales.nsd.org. Online ticket purchases are encouraged to ensure show goers get seating for their desired performance. Tickets are also available at the door.
For additional news, updates or information on “Elf: the Musical,” and future productions, check out the North Creek Theatre Co. Instagram and Facebook pages at @northcreektheatreco and www.facebook.com/NorthCreekTC.