Elf “Christmas in July”


“Christmas in July”


Wolfeboro residents will embrace their inner “elf” when the Kingswood Children’s Summer Theatre students present their production of Elf The Musical JR., it was announced today by Drew Cohen, president of Music Theatre International (MTI). The show featuring children from 6-18, will begin workshops June 27th at the Kingswood Arts Center.

Elf The Musical JR. is based on the 2003 New Line Cinema hit and features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer) and Chad Beguelin (Disney’s Aladdin On Broadway, The Wedding Singer), a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).

The musical tells the story of a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is given the name Buddy and raised by elves in the North Pole.  Buddy lives happily unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list, and his stepbrother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of the holidays.

Performing in a musical is an experience that young people will remember for the rest of their lives.  This preprofessional program offers benefits for the experienced actor as well as a foundation for the first time student. Participating in the arts provides young people with a chance to explore their creativity and imagination in a structured and safe environment. Musical theater is specifically remarkable because it is the only art form that combines all areas of the fine arts: acting, singing, dancing, and visual arts.

Registration has begun and the workshops will commence for “Christmas in July” on June 27th.  Workshops begin at 8:30am – noon every weekday through July.  The actors will share their hard work and talent with the community in three shows, July 29th @ 7pm, July 30 – 31st @ 1pm.

With our top-notch staff in place, we look to improve our program through parent participation and volunteerism. Parents can volunteer in many ways including working back stage during performances, helping with costumes and sets, running workshops and craft projects, or helping with the refreshments for the performances.

On a final note, please be advised that all the students ENROLLING FOR THE ENTIRE PROGRAM will need all black shoes (all black sneakers, or jazz shoes) …“JAZZ SHOES” can be ordered online through Discount Dance (discountdance.com)

We are offering a one week introduction to our Summer Theatre program, July 11 – 15th.  This enables students to participate for one exciting week to view the amazing workshops. Tuition for one week $150. See the website registration for more info.  Tuition for Summer Theatre is $370.  Early registration, by May 1st, is $325, please call or visit the website, for information regarding a second student registering from the same family.  Limited scholarship opportunities are available.  The deadline for a scholarship application is May 1st.  We encourage questions.  Contact our Registrar at registrar.summertheater@gmail.com.        Visit our website at www.wolfeboro-arts.org, or call 630-7952.

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