You might have heard that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. The Idaho Falls Youth Arts Centre will be singing loud in the production of “Elf: The Musical.” The show debuts Friday, Nov. 13, and will have additional performances on Nov. 14, 16, 17 and 18. The show will be at the Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium.
This production will star Corbin Rasmussen as Buddy the Elf. Rasmussen is the choir director at Rigby High School.
“The youth and adults in our community [are] bringing the parts to life,” said Dani Kholer, the producer for the show. “The music is just wonderful. Every time I see these movies or books taken to the stage… it’s amazing how much deeper and how much more I love the characters.”
A new member to the IFYAC team is Alexa Collins. She is a current BYU-Idaho student studying theater. She was involved in an earlier production of “Matilda” with IFYAC, and was asked by Becky Bryan, the director of “Elf: The Musical,” to be the stage manager. As stage manager, Collins is heavily involved in the show and said she is working hard to prepare the show for a live audience.
“Elf: The Musical” follows the general plot of the 2003 modern classic holiday movie, “Elf.” The musical includes songs that share the story of “Elf.” Collins said one of her favorite scenes from the production is not included in the movie.
She said the scene shows Buddy the Elf wandering the streets of New York after getting kicked out of his home for making Papa Elf mad. Buddy finds his way to a Chinese restaurant to get something to eat, where he finds lots of fake Santas who are getting off work. Collins said the Santas sing about how their job has lost its magic.
“They sing this song, and it is just great. Our cast is awesome. They do a fun dance and it is just something totally new and I just love it,” Collins said.
Tickets to the show can be purchased online at ifyac.org. Kholer said they prefer tickets to be purchased online so they can accommodate and prepare for socially distanced seating. If available, tickets can also be purchased at the door.
“Elf: The Musical” will be performed at the Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium on Nov. 13, 14, 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m.