Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) announces their upcoming production of Elf the Musical JR. Based on the beloved holiday film and featuring songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. A young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts, Buddy is transported to the North Pole and raised as a would-be elf, 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 his stepbrother 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.

Said director, Sara Brayer: “I am so excited to be working with these incredibly talented performers! This amazing cast brings the beloved story of Buddy the Elf from screen to stage with amazing spirit. The wonderful vocal direction and awe-inspiring choreography are sure to get everyone into the Christmas Spirit. We cannot wait to share this show with you!”

The talented cast, comprised of award winners and nominees ages 6-18, presents the show December 8-18 in Anthem. The award-winning production staff includes director and stage manager Sarah Brayer, choreographer Lyndsie Clymer, vocal director Karen Blanzy and assistant stage manager Jessica Kishbaugh.

Performances take place Thursday – Sunday, December 8-18 at Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem, AZ 85086. Times vary, see website for details. Tickets may be purchased online at Adult tickets are $19; Students, Seniors and Children 12 and under are $16.

Elf the Musical JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: (212) 541-4684 Fax: (212) 397-4684