Constellation Stage and Screen will premiere their inaugural holiday performance of “Elf the Musical” at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
Cardinal Stage started its annual holiday musical more than 15 years ago. “Elf the Musical” will be the first holiday performance since Cardinal Stage, Bloomington Playwright’s Project and Pigasus Institute merged to form Constellation last summer, according to a press release.
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Based on the 2003 modern Christmas classic, the musical follows the journey of Buddy the Elf as he leaves his home in the North Pole to find his biological father in New York City. When he was a young orphan, Buddy crawled into Santa’s bag of gifts during Christmas and wound up in the North Pole where he was raised as an elf. Once Buddy grows older — and grows much larger than his elven peers — he discovers that he’s not one of Santa’s magical helpers but rather a fully grown human. He sets out to find his family, discover his identity and spread the true meaning of Christmas.
Directed by Richard Roland, the musical features a variety of Constellation veterans and new talents. Luke Major, an Indiana native and graduate of the IU Musical Theatre program, is starring as Buddy the Elf. Michelle Zink-Muñoz, another IU theater graduate, will play the role of Jovie, Buddy’s coworker and love interest. Bloomington theater alumna Amanda Lawson, Eric Olson and Ray Fellman are joining the cast as well.
The musical will feature alternating performances from two youth ensembles comprised of students from the local community. Details about students’ performance dates can be found on Constellation’s website.
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Tickets for the show are available online. Ticket prices begin at $35 for adults, $23 for students and $20 for children. Constellation welcomes Bloomington families to visit the performance and enjoy the holiday cheer.