Play helps discover your inner elf
The holiday spirit will warm audiences attending the Madras High School Drama Club's production of the play "Elf," slated for 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 30, and Dec 1 and 2, at the Madras Performing Arts Center.
An adaptation of the book and Will Farrell movie "Elf," the play is about Buddy, a young orphan, who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole.
Unaware that he is actually a human, Buddy grows up thinking he is an elf, 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.
Presale tickets are available now at $5 for adults, and $2 for students, at the Madras High School bookkeeping window, or from an MHS drama student. At the door, tickets will be $7 for adults, and $3 for students 6 and older.
Directed by Juanita Payton, the cast includes:
Buddy the Elf (Gabriella Armitage), Santa (Nacho Ruiz), Papa/Mama Elf (Allison Turek), Jovie (Jacey Kelley), Walter Hobbs (Sierra Cromwell), Emily Hobbs (Jacey Kelley), Michael Hobbs (Hope Strawn), store manager (Margaret McDonald), Bad Santa (Jake Frank), reporter (Julia Horn), Mr. Finch (Jake Frank), Mr. Greenway (Tori Pla), security guards (Trinity Barnett and Marietta Olson), Deb the secretary (Margaret McDonald), elf supervisor (Margaret McDonald), elf teacher (Margaret McDonald), nun (Hope Strawn), Doctor (Allison Turek).
Elves: Maddie McCool, Maddie Glover, Alyssa Colver, Cheyanne Dendy, Jovanna Medina, Osmar Rodriguez, Marietta Olson, Trinity Barnett.
Stage hands: lighting manager, Noe Melgarego; lighting assistant, Katie Weygandt; spotlight, Xander Lanham; stage manager, Zach Maynard; stage assistant, Grayson Symons; props manager, Nataly Reynoso; props assistants, Anona Francis.