Hickory – The planned production of the “junior” edition of Elf the Musical at Hickory Community Theatre has been upgraded. Under special arrangement with the show’s publishers, the Theatre has received the rights to perform the full-length version currently on tour across the country, and is the first community theatre in North Carolina to do it.

“We’re so thrilled to get this honor,” says Pamela Livingstone, Artistic Director. “The cast is over the moon because they’ll now get to do the whole story instead of the condensed version. It means more work for them since opening night is just a couple of weeks away but they’ve jumped right on the expanded rehearsal  schedule.”

Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity.

Performances of Elf the Musical are December 1-17, 2017; Fridays (Dec 1, 8 & 15) and Saturdays (Dec 2, 9 & 16) at 8pm, Thursdays (Dec 7 & 14) at 7:30pm and Sundays (Dec 3, 10 & 17) at 2:30pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors. Tickets for students and youth 18 & under are $10. On Thursday evenings all adults and seniors are $14, youth and students are $10. Tickets are now on sale online at hickorytheatre.org or through the Theatre box office, in person or by phone at 828-328-2283. Box office hours are 12-5 Wednesday through Saturday.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The 2017-2018 Season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World. Elf, the Musical is produced by Catawba Valley Medical Center, Corning Optical Communications and von Drehle Corporation.

Photo:  Donovan Harper (left,) is Walter Hobbs, Auguste Thielemann is Michael Hobbs and Diane Albers is Emily Hobbs, the “human” family of Buddy the Elf in Elf, the Musical, onstage for Christmas at the Hickory Community Theatre, Dec 1st through 17th. For tickets and information call 828-328-2283 or click hickorytheatre.org. Photo by John Koval.