Cool off while celebrating Christmas in July as UD Summer Stage presents “Elf – The Musical Jr.”

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Dan Luner

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A Christmas adventure featuring Jovie, Michael Hobbs and everybody’s favorite – Buddy the Elf!

July 7, 2016 – Drexel Hill, PA. Audiences can cool off and celebrate Christmas in July as Upper Darby Summer Stage presents “Elf – The Musical Jr.” Performances are July 20, 21 and 22 at 10:30 a.m. and on July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.

(Left to right): Molly Thornton of Havertown as Jovie, Jack Denman of Havertown as Buddy the Elf, Michael Monaco-Vavrik of Wallingford as Santa and John Fioravanti of Conshohocken as Walter Hobbs prepare for their performances in "Elf – The Musical Jr." July 20-22 at UD Summer Stage. // Photo By: Cate R. Paxson
(Left to right): Molly Thornton of Havertown as Jovie, Jack Denman of Havertown as Buddy the Elf, Michael Monaco-Vavrik of Wallingford as Santa and John Fioravanti of Conshohocken as Walter Hobbs prepare for their performances in “Elf – The Musical Jr.” July 20-22 at UD Summer Stage. //
Photo By: Cate R. Paxson

Tickets are affordably priced at $7-11 and can be purchased online at www.udpac.org or by calling the box office: 610.622.1189. The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located in Drexel Hill at 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, minutes from the Main Line and Center City. The show is approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission. Parking is free. The show is ideal for ages four and up and free babysitting is offered for siblings who may be too young to sit through the entire show.

“Elf – The Musical Jr.” follows everyone’s favorite elf, Buddy (Jack Denman of Havertown), as he journeys from The North Pole to New York City to find his dad and discover his true identity. To his horror, Buddy discovers his dad, Walter Hobbs (John Fioravanti of Conshohocken) is on the naughty list, and that his half-brother, Michael (Nathan Shiller of Drexel Hill) doesn’t even believe in Santa (Michael Monaco-Vavrik of Wallingford)! Using the magic of Christmas, Buddy is determined to win over his family and remind them of the true meaning of Christmas. At the root of the story is the tale of someone bringing the spirit of Christmas to those who need it most.

Stage Manager, Pat Walsh said, “Everyone loves getting into the Christmas spirit, so why not get a head start this summer?” He added, “The spirit of Christmas combined with the magic of Upper Darby Summer Stage is a perfect reminder that there is always room to spread some cheer whether it’s Christmas-time or not.”

Variety reviewed the Broadway production as “happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!” With lots of toe-tapping song and dance numbers including “Sparkleyjollytwinklejingley,” this Summer Stage premiere is sure to be an audience-favorite

A Summer Stage show is a unique experience. Young audience members are invited to come early to performances to participate in fun pre-show activities and stay after the show to meet cast members.

For 41 seasons Upper Darby Summer Stage has been empowering young people and entertaining families throughout the Philadelphia region. A two-time consecutive winner of the Main Line Parent’s “Best Children Theatre” Love Award, the program is also a five-time consecutive MyFoxPhilly HotList winner in the “Best Theatre” category.

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and Upper Darby Summer Stage are jointly sponsored by Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council and the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.

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