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The movie reworked for stage continues through Dec. 19 at the Lake Oswego arts center.

COURTESY PHOTO: TRIUMPH PHOTOGRAPHY - From left: Jovie (Camille Trinka), Santa (Mark Pierce) and Buddy (Austin Comfort) act out a scene in "Elf — The Musical."A favorite holiday movie for many is hitting the stage as Lakewood Center for the Arts' current musical.

Performances of "Elf — The Musical" kicked off Nov. 5 and will continue through Dec. 19. The musical is based on the film by David Berenbaum, where Buddy the Elf searches for his father in New York during Christmastime.

"Buddy (Austin Comfort), a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's (Mark Pierce) 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," reads Lakewood's news release.

"With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father Walter Hobbs (Jeremy Southard) and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother Michael Hobbs (Jared Beideck) 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."

This will be the second musical on Lakewood's stage since the pandemic began. Masks and proof of vaccination for people over the age of 12 are required at the entrance.

"'Elf -— The Musical' is just the right tonic for all of us as we emerge from a drought of COVID restrictions," said Lakewood's Executive Director Andrew Edwards. "With great optimism, Buddy the Elf reminds us what happiness can be found in finding Christmas every day. This family-friendly show is a delight for everyone."COURTESY PHOTO: TRIUMPH PHOTOGRAPHY - Santa (Mark Pierce) and Buddy (Austin Comfort) are featured in Lakewood's current musical, "Elf."

The production is directed by Michael Snider, choreographed by Terry Brock and Cherie Price, and the musical director is Cyndy Ramsey-Rier.

There also will be two youth performances of "Elf Jr. The Musical" Dec. 11 and 18, which will be shorter and include students.

Tickets are on sale; $42 for adults and $40 for seniors, with discounts for groups and students — all of which can be purchased on Lakewood's website.


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