Riverside For Kids presents holiday classic “Elf, Jr.”

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Riverside Theatre for Kids presents the musical holiday classic, Elf JR. with performances November 19-21, 2021 on the Stark Stage. 

A title known the world over, Elf JR. is based on the cherished New Line Cinema hit, Elf andfeatures songs by Tony Award-nominees, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, with a book by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin.

Buddy, a young orphan, 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 a 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 reality that his father is on the naughty list and that 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.

“With all the strangeness of the last two years,” said Kevin Quillinan, Director of this production and Director of Riverside Theatre Education, “we felt it was time for a fun, feel-good musical for our families and community. It’s been a pleasure and an honor to work with so many awesome kids. We have done everything we can to make this process as “normal” as possible despite having our covid protocols in place. 

“Our incredible cast of students have embraced this musical with great enthusiasm and while this has been a tight rehearsal period, our students have met the challenges incredibly well.”

The cast includes: Katie Hufstetler (Santa Claus), Kailin Simmons (Buddy), Timothy Cicco (Walter Hobbs), Brieyana Miranda (Emily Hobbs), Jackson Collontrelle (Michael Hobbs),

Sasha Martell (Mrs. Greenway), and Lauren Chesley (Jovie).

The ensemble cast includes: Laila Asha, Addison Blum, Gabriel Conley, Isabella Curulla, Josslyn Haddad, Lilia Hayes, Sebastian Holbrook, Aliyah Kirven, Navah Kirven, Kira Kimes, Elena Kunkle, Patrick Manning, Rylan McLaughlin, Carlee Miranda, Angel Owen, Adam Raynard, Brayden Rojas, Hannah Royals, Keira Taylor, Jenna Wickre, Sabrina Zambrano

The addition to Director Quillinan, the creative team includes: Deborah Quillinan (Music Director), Katherine Eppink (Choreographer), Emily Luongo (Scenic Designer), Anna Hillbery (Costume Designer), William Gibbons-Brown (Lighting Designer), Ryan Gravett (Sound Designer) and Amy Bowman (Stage Manager).

Elf JR. performances take place on the Stark Stage on:

Friday, November 19 @ 5pm

Saturday, November 20 @ 1pm & 5pm

Sunday, November 21 @ 1pm

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 772-231-6990 or online at www.riversidetheatre.com.

Riverside Theatre is located at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963. Riverside Theatre programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Riverside Theatre is a member of the Cultural Council of Indian River County, the Indian River Chamber of Commerce, and the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce.

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