Monticello Elementary 21'st Century students to present Elf The Musical JR.
Wayne County’s 21'st Century program at Monticello Elementary is proud to be presenting
another one of their musical hits on Monday, December 17 th at 6:30 p.m.
Approximately 30 third, fourth and fifth graders have been rehearsing their production of Elf
The Musical JR., a title known the world over. They are excited to mimic the holiday musical based on
the cherished New Line Cinema hit, Elf JR.
The local production will feature songs by Tony Award- nominees, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin,
with a book by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan
(Annie, The Producers, and Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).
Monticello Elementary staff members and the young actors work tirelessly on this dramatic
production. Jared Duncan is the musical director and evokes beautiful vocal performances from the
children. Art Teacher Samantha Cummings lends her artistic skills by creating scenery highlighting the
Empire State building, New York City skyline, Central Park and a storefront that brings the show to life.
The story line for the show is built around the character Buddy, a young orphan, who mistakenly
crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, 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 that his
half-brother does not even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help
New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make every student performer embrace his or her
“inner elf” with lots of large ensemble scenes featuring elves and New Yorkers of every description. The
musical is open to the public. There are no tickets, however, donations are appreciated that help fund
these popular musicals that highlight student talents.