Elf – The Musical

nov 30 - dec 23, 2018
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Performance Times:
7:00 PM Friday; 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM Saturday and Sunday
School Matinees:
9:30 AM, Dec. 10-11, 2018
Run Time:
2 hours 30 minutes including 15-minute intermission

It’s a sparklejollytwinklejingley time of the year!

“Elf” has quickly become a modern Christmas classic! Based on the 2003 film, “Elf – The Musical” tells the story of Buddy, a human raised as an elf at the North Pole. Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making skills soon make him realize he’s not fit to live at the North Pole.

Once realizing he’s a human, Buddy travels to New York City to find his true father and understand his past, only to learn that his father is on the naughty list! Buddy must reconnect with his dad and half-brother who doesn’t believe in Santa to embrace the true meaning of Christmas. Themes of love, friendship, and Christmas cheer follow Buddy on his big-city adventure in the regional debut of this holiday show for the whole family!

Family Theatre Age Intention: Playhouse family theatre productions are intended for ages 5 and up.

Content Advisory: The Playhouse does not rate subject matter as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have questions about content, age appropriateness, or other aspects of the show (ie strobe lights and other theatrical effects), please contact the ticket office at 515-277-6261.

Click here for information on Breakfast with Buddy, Dec. 8 & 15, 2018

The performance at 1:00 PM on Sunday, Dec. 16, will have live audio description, provided by IRIS. Please contact our ticket office at 515-277-6261 if you would like to use this free service.



Gilroy’s Signature Elf Dessert: Raspberry Maple Yule Log
Elves stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup. Gilroy’s has the elves covered with this delightfully sweet, maple-y, syrup-cake swirled with whipped cream, fresh raspberries, and slivers of toasted almonds. Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny muggins; go ahead and treat yourself at Gilroy’s Kitchen + Pub + Patio!

Sponsored by:

Mitch Kedzior
Lauren Malcomson
Corbett Reeves
Melissa Kellar
Alison Buechler
Jack Gabby
Greg Kephart
Nick Flynn
Greg Millar
Chris Ennis
Lucas White
Allison Bollinger
Ben Clark
Jazzlyn Davis
Chelsea Flynn
Jillian Gabby
Charissa Hamel
Will Johnson
Ethan Kellar
Shelby Kephart
Grace McGill
Lindsay Mickelson
Sam Nigg
Ethan Saltz
Andrew Smalley
Carl Tubbs
Julianne Ungs
Maddox Wajda
Jenna Wieskamp
Artistic Team
Maxwell Schaeffer
Music Director
Brenton Brown
Megan Helmers
Scenic Designer
Nicholas Amundson
Costume Designer
Angela Lampe
Lighting Designer
Joyce Liao
Sound Designer
Josh Jepson
Stage Manager
Jason Crowley
Technical Director
Nate Lawrence-Richards
Artistic Director
John W. Viars

Des Moines Community Playhouse Press Release
Kill Date: December 23, 2018
Subject: Des Moines Community Playhouse Presents Elf – The Musical  
Photos available Nov. 20 at https://www.dmplayhouse.com/media
Contact: Lee Ann Bakros, Playhouse Public Relations Director, 515-974-5358

The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents the family holiday classic, Elf – The Musical, Nov. 30-Dec. 23, 2018. Tickets may be purchased online at dmplayhouse.com, by phone at 515-277-6261, or at the Playhouse ticket office, 831 42nd St. Elf – The Musical is sponsored by Corteva Agriscience.

Elf has quickly become a modern Christmas classic! Based on the 2003 film, Elf – The Musical tells the story of Buddy (Mitch Kedzior), a human raised as an elf at the North Pole. Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making skills soon make him realize he’s not fit to live at the North Pole. He travels to New York City where he learns his dad (Corbett Reeves) doesn’t believe in Santa Claus (Greg Millar)! With song and a little magic, Buddy makes it a sparklejollytwinklejingly Christmas. The Playhouse presents the regional debut of this holiday show for the whole family.

The Playhouse cast is directed by Maxwell Schaeffer with music direction by Brenton Brown and choreography by Megan Helmers. The cast includes Allison Bollinger, Alison Buechler, Ben Clark, Jazzlyn Davis, Chris Ennis, Chelsea Flynn, Nick Flynn, Jack Gabby, Jillian Gabby, Charissa L. Hamel, Will C. Johnson, Mitch Kedzior, Ethan Kellar, Melissa Kellar, Greg Kephart, Shelby Kephart, Lauren Malcolmson, Grace McGill, Lindsay Mickelson, Greg Millar, Sam Nigg, Corbett Reeves, Ethan Saltz, Andrew Smalley, Carl Tubbs, Julianne Ungs, Maddox Wajda, Lucas White, and Jenna Wieskamp.

Audiences are encouraged to come 20 minutes prior to show time to hear local musicians share holiday music in the west lobby. A sleigh for photos and cast autographs after the show add to the festivities.

The Playhouse, now in its 100th season, is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the US. Located at the 42nd Street exit of I-235, the theatre has presented a full season of shows since 1919 and also offers a wide variety of educational experiences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York, and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage.

For more information about the Playhouse and Elf – The Musical, contact the Playhouse ticket office at 515-277-6261.

Elf – The Musical Performances: Nov. 30-Dec. 23, 2018
7:00 PM Friday
1:00 PM & 5:00 PM Saturday-Sunday

Elf – The Musical Tickets
Ticket prices start at $29
To purchase tickets:
Des Moines Community Playhouse Ticket Office, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312