Theatre Bugs presented 'Elf The Musical Junior' at Walford Anglican School for Girls. It was based on the 2003 movie of the same name and adapted from the book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin.
Written by David Berenbaum with music and lyrics by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin it's the story of Buddy (Oliver John), a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. He is raised as an elf at the North Pole, but always knew he was different. When Buddy (John) finds out he's human he sets off to New York City to find his father Walter Hobbs (Tristan Farrow) and finds out not only does he have a father, he has a step-mother Emily (Rachel Robinson) and a brother Michael (Michael Preston-Ward) too.
Jovie (Kodi Jackson) and Buddy's (John) rendition of Just Sing a Christmas Song was very well done, they were a cute on-stage couple who showed chemistry very well. John's representation of Buddy was incredibly accurate and made me forget at times that I wasn't watching Will Farrell. He was witty, charming and lovable and played his character well and his version of Worlds Greatest Dad was perfect.
Mr Greenway (Balun Dwyer-Reid) was stern when he needed to be and happy and fun when he couldn't help but sing along. Deb (Olivia Glameos) was incredibly sweet and helpful in keeping Buddy busy and teaching him how to make snow. A stand-out moment was Michael (Preston-Ward) and Emily (Robinson) singing I'll Believe in You. It was done so beautifully.
The Ensemble worked perfectly together producing songs and dance steps in union leaving the audience always wanting more. These children are the next generation of theatre and all have a bright future in the industry.
Produced by Joni Combes and Directed by Michelle Davy & Laura Wilden this was a great representation of a beloved Christmas story and was just beautiful to watch.