Merriman Theatre Group presents
ELF Jr, the Musical
Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin; Music by Matthew Sklar; Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Based on the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum
NORTON HILL SCHOOL, Midsomer Norton
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th December 2016
The award-winning Midsomer Norton based youth theatre, Merriman Theatre Group, are putting the finishing touches to their Christmas production – the stage adaptation of the much-loved festive film, ELF.
A title known the world over, ELF the Musical was a record-breaking Christmas sensation in the West End last year, and this version adapted for youth groups and schools promises more of the same festive fun. Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf JR. features songs by TONY Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (Disney’s Aladdin On Broadway, The Wedding Singer), with a book by TONY Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone). Both the Merriman Theatre Group (ages 10-18), and the group’s Junior Company (‘The Minimen’, aged 6 – 9) join forces to bring this Christmas cracker of a musical to life on the Norton Hill School stage, with a cast of more than 60 young people!!
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 find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list, and his stepbrother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help everyone remember the true meaning of Christmas.
ELF Jr marks the end of another busy year for the Midsomer Norton-based company, following the summer’s OUR HOUSE and two productions for the adult Merriman company, the regional amateur premiere of ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS, and Stephen Sondheim’s COMPANY, co-produced with Bristol based ProAct Theatre Company. Last year, the youth theatre was presented with the prestigious NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) Youth Achievement Award, in recognition of their continued high standard of work and productions, ranking them alongside the best youth companies in the South West.
Next summer, the youth company will embark on one of their most challenging productions yet – the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.
For more information on Merriman Theatre Group, including forthcoming productions, ticket sales or how to join, visit www.merrimantheatre.com
ELF Jr, the Musical is at Norton Hill School, Midsomer Norton on Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th December. (Saturday 7pm; Sunday 3pm)
Tickets are on sale at www.ticketsource.co.uk/
Merriman Theatre Group’s 2016/17 productions are sponsored by ESSENCE Cafe, Midsomer Norton.