Elf: The Musical
Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Based upon the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum
Directed by Dennis Garnhum
Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Age Recommendation: 6+
Content Advisory: This large-scale production features exuberant holiday lighting, atmospheric haze and will leave you with an irrepressible desire to sing.
A note for parents and caregivers of young children: Buddy the Elf is always happy to spread Christmas cheer, but some of the people he meets could use a lot more holiday spirit... and sometimes say words that might put them on the 'Naughty List'.
Upcoming Shows & Tickets
"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear."
One of the greatest holiday shows presented at the Grand is back!
Based on the beloved holiday film, Elf: The Musical tells the story of Buddy, who is raised believing that he is an elf of the North Pole. That is, until his massive size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the cold truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy then embarks on a journey of self-discovery to New York City to track down his birth father, who is in desperate need of some Christmas spirit.
Enhance Your Experience
On Wednesday evenings, immediately after the performance, come up to the Drewlo Lounge for a brief guided discussion with Grand staff members, guest artists, and creative team members.
- November 23, 2022 – Featuring cast members Alicia D’Ariano (Charlie) and Aadin Church (Santa Claus/Greenway)
- November 30, 2022 – Featuring cast members Michelle Bardach (Jovie) and Kih Becke (Shawanda)
- December 7, 2022 – Featuring cast members Shakeil Rollock (Chadwick) and Margaret Thompson (Charlotte Dennon)
Enjoy cookies, tea or coffee, and stimulating discussion about Grand productions during Creative Conversations, pre-show in the Spriet Theatre. Arrive by 12:00pm to ensure you don’t miss out on insights from host James Stewart Reaney prior to the 1:00pm matinee.
- Wednesday, December 14, 2022 – Featuring Elf’s Director and Grand Theatre Artistic Director, Dennis Garnhum
Wish to deepen your understanding of this show? Click here for a Study Guide created to enrich your experience!
Calling all young Grand artists!
Get in touch with your creative inner-elf this holiday season! In celebration of ELF – The Musical, and the holiday season, the Grand is pleased to present our exclusive Elf – The Musical Colouring Book – featuring original costume renderings by Elf Costume Designer, Dana Osborne. All you need to do is download, print, and enjoy!
From the Stage Door
Theatre Credits: Perfect World (Palace Theatre Arts Commons).
Other: Jiya is a Grade 6 student at Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts and a member of the Pearson Symphony Orchestra and Vivace Strings Group. She is also a member of the Junior Amabile Singers of London. She frequently participates in the Kiwanis Festival at the local and provincial level for piano and voice.
Theatre Credits: Perfect World (Palace Theatre Arts Commons).
Other: Miraya is a Grade 8 student at Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts and a member of the Pearson Symphony Orchestra, Vivace Strings Group, and “Twelve” singing group. She is also a member of the Amabile Youth Singers of London. She frequently participates in the Kiwanis Festival at the local and provincial level for piano and voice.
Theatre Credits (Selected): Tell Tale Harbour, Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival); Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia! (Arts Club); Mamma Mia! (Theatre Aquarius/WCT); Children of God (Segal Centre/The Citadel); Pure 90s (Stage West).
Film and TV Credits (Selected): Dancing Through Christmas (Lifetime); Motherland: Fort Salem (Freeform); Spirit Rangers (Netflix).
Other: Michelle is an Indigenous performer from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw. She holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Capilano University. She is a vocalist in two Indigenous music groups, M’Girl and Tillicum Shantie, and does voiceover in animation and commercials. IG: michyb123
Theatre Credits (Selected): Anything Goes, Twelfth Night (St Clair College).
Other: Graduate of St Clair College Music Theatre Performance. Graduate of Atlantic Technological University Bachelor of Performance Acting.
Theatre Credits (Selected): Jekyll & Hyde (Curtain Call Productions); Sweeney Todd (Allswell Productions/Musical Theatre Productions); Disney: Heroes and Villains, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (AK Arts Academy); Joseph & the Amazing…, Hello, Dolly (Musical Theatre Productions); Anne of Green Gables (London Community Players).
Other: Meg has a degree in Theatre Studies from the University of Guelph. She would like to thank her wonderful husband for his enthusiastic support.
Theatre Credits (Selected): 11 Seasons at Stratford, including Much Ado About Nothing, The Duchess of Malfi, Crazy For You, The Sound of Music. Damn Yankees (Shaw Festival); Sweeney Todd, This Is How It Goes, A Year With Frog And Toad (Neptune); Onegin (Musical Stage/NAC); Assassins (TIFT/MTC); Sunday In The Park With George (Talk is Free Theatre); Beauty and the Beast (Citadel/Theatre Calgary); Hay Fever, The Red Priest, Les Miserables, Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad (Thousand Islands); Othello (St. Lawrence Shakespeare); Four seasons at the Weston Playhouse in Vermont.
Film and TV Credits (Selected): Murdoch Mysteries, Anne With An E, Suits, Reign, Flashpoint.
Dance Credits (Selected): Let’s Dance, Winterlude, Celebrate, Beyond the Stars (North London Dance Centre).
Other: Raya trains in dance at the North London Dance Centre and studies voice/piano at The Voice Studio London. She is a recipient of the Ontario National Gold Medal (Royal Conservatory Level 1 Classical Voice) and the Ontario Medal of Excellence (Conservatory Canada Level 2 Contemporary Voice). She enjoys participating in music festivals and has received recognition for her piano compositions Joyful Jubilee (2022), The Elephant Dance (2020), and A Day at the Fair (2019).
Theatre Credits (Selected): Disney's The Lion King, Sister Act, Ragtime, Guys & Dolls, Dreamgirls.
Film and TV Credits (Selected): Take Note, I-Zombie.
Other: @AADIN7 (INSTAGRAM).
Theatre Credits (Selected): Scooby-Doo! And the Lost City of Gold (Warner Bros./MONLOVE Productions National Tour); Beauty and the Beast (London Community Players); Chicago (Theatre Western); Saucy Jack & the Space Vixens (LINK Theatre); Heathers: The Musical (Musical Theatre Productions); Rocky Horror Show (Pacheco Theatre).
Theatre Credits (selected): Joseph and the Amazing Tecnicolor Dreamcoat (Musical Theatre Productions); Perfect World the Musical - staged readings (Palace Theatre Arts Commons); Show Off – 30 Years of Musical Theatre (Musical Theatre Productions); Disney Heroes & Villains (AK Arts Academy).
Film and TV credits: Blue’s Clues & You (Orange).
Theatre Credits (Selected): Annie, Cinderella the Panto, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat (Drayton Entertainment); Anne of Green Gables (London Community Players); Defying Gravity (Musical Theatre Productions); Willy Wonka, Annie, Disney Heroes and Villains (AK Arts Academy); Jack and the Beanstalk (Elgin Theatre Guild).
Theatre Credits (Selected): Happy End, Concord Floral (Theatre Sheridan); Parkdale (Musical Stage/Sheridan College); Legally Blonde the Musical, A Christmas Story the Musical, The Little Mermaid, Shrek the Musical, BIG the Musical, Hairspray, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Nutcracker Sings (St. Albert Children’s Theatre).
Other: Graduate of the Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Program at Sheridan College
Theatre credits (selected): Miss Saigon (Canadian Premiere. Australian Premiere, London, UK); Les Miserables (International and US National Touring companies); Martin Guerre (London, UK); West Side Story (Stratford Festival); Cats (Toronto); Sunday in the Park With George (Toronto); Flower Drum Song (Broadway); Next to Normal (Toronto).
Film/TV credits (Selected): The Waiting Room (A71 Entertainment); Five Days At Memorial (AppleTV); Astrid and Lilly (SyFy/Crave); Schitt’s Creek (CBC); Coroner (CBC).
Theatre Credits (Selected): Sweeney Todd, Music Man, Pal Joey, The Gamblers, Amadeus (Talk Is Free Theatre); Box 4901, Colin & Lennox & Coffee & Kleenex (Timeshare).
Film and TV Credits (Selected): Ghosts (CBS); Handmaid's Tale (MGM/Hulu); Revenge of the Black Best Friend, Overlord and the Underwoods, TallBoyz (CBC); Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (CBC/Paramount+); Odd Squad (PBS Kids); Bajillionaires (Family Channel).
Other: CBC Actors Conservatory Resident at the Canadian Film Centre (2021/2022), Artist in Residence at Green Light Arts Theatre, Playwright in Residence at The Story Theatre Company. @izadetemadi
Theatre Credits: Legally Blonde Jr (The London Performing Arts Academy); Frozen Jr (St Nicolas School - cancelled due to COVID-19).
Other: Anthony is currently enrolled in the sixth grade at St.Nicholas Elementary School. Instagram@anthonyfdenomme"
Theatre Credits (selected) - The Little Mermaid, Anne of Green Gables, Joseph Technicolor and the Dreamcoat, Peter Pan - A Panto (Drayton Entertainment); Theory of Relativity (Beal Musical Theatre); Fun Home (Calithumpian); Catch Me If You Can (Stagedoor).
Film and TV Credits: The Delivery (ACP).
Other: Attending Beal Musical Theatre at H.B. Beal.
Theatre Credits (Selected): HONK! (Little Theatre Company); Annie (Drayton Entertainment); The Miracle Worker (Drayton Entertainment); The Wizard of Oz (Little Theatre Company); Cinderella The Panto (Drayton Entertainment); The Nutcracker Ballet (Ballet Jorgen).
Theatre Credits (Selected): HONK! (Little Theatre Company)
Theatre Credits (Selected): Bloodless (Theatre 20); Calendar Girls (Mirvish); Sad Presentments (National Theatre, England); Mamma Mia! (Mirvish); 7 Stories (Rose Theatre); Macbeth (UK Tour); Dear Johnny Deere (Charlottetown Festival); This Is How We Got Here (Magnus Theatre); Phedre (National Arts Centre); The Full Monty (Stage West); Hard Times (Teatro Proscenium); Rocky Horror Show (German Tour).
Other: Sweeney started his own production company in 2017. 3P Productions.
Theatre Credits: Hello, Shakespeare! (Romeo; Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts); A Christmas Carol (Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts).
Other: Lachlan is trained in highland dance and ballet, piano and trombone, and is currently enrolled in the eighth grade at Lester B Pearson School for the Arts in London.
Theatre Credits (Selecrted): 40 years coast to coast including the Shaw Festival, the Charlottetown Festival, 3 Mirvish productions, one Dora Award and another nomination exactly 30 years later.
Other: 3 self-produced solo albums and several Original Cast albums (including Stan Rogers - A Matter of Heart and the brand new Tell-Tale Harbour) all available on iTunes. charlottemoore.ca
Theatre Credits (Selected): Tell Tale Harbour, Jesus Christ Superstar, Kronborg - The Hamlet Rock Musical, Mamma Mia!, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, We Are Canadian (Charlottetown Festival); Spring Awakening (Argyle Theatre); The Music Man, Oliver! (Stratford Festival).
Other: Graduate of the Pace University Musical Theatre program. Huge thanks to my family for their constant love and support. @jamiemurr
TV Credits: Principal Ukulele U (CBC Gem).
Other: Competitive Dance Team: O'Neill Academy of Dance. Voice: Amabile Boys' Choir. Instagram @Paxton.Dance
Theatre Credits (Selected): Anne of Green Gables the Musical (Confederation Centre); Shades (Factory Theatre).
Film and TV Credits (Selected): Sneakerella, Spin (Disney plus); Grand Army, Locke and Key (Netflix); American Gods (Amazon Prime); Step Up 3D Live (MuchMusic).
Other: instagram @shakroll
Theatre Credits (Selected): Damn Yankees, Chitra, Too True To Be Good (Shaw Festival); Bright Lights (Shaw Festival Director’s Project); Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha (Workshop) (Volcano Productions); DION: A Rock Opera (Workshop) (Coal Mine Theatre); Spring Awakening*, Cabaret, The Last Broadcast, Living The Dream (CMTP), Lost in the 80’s (Theatre Sheridan); 40th Dora Mavor Moore Awards (Onstage Chorus).
Other: Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Program at Sheridan College (Class of 2021) *Theatre Sheridan WIN for Outstanding Performance @taurian_t (all socials)
Theatre Credits (Selected): Jane Doe in Ride the Cyclone (Tweed & Co); Something Bubbled Something Blue (TIFT/Outside the March); Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Drowsy Chaperone, Honk, Elf, Holiday Inn, Singing in the Rain, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid (Drayton); Shrek, The Addams Family (Neptune Theatre); Christine Colgate in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Perfect Wedding, Back In ‘59, Spamalot! (SFT); Crazy for You (TBTB); A Chorus Line (The Rose Theatre).
Other: Graduate of the Sheridan College’s Music Theatre program.
Theatre Credits (Selected): World premiere of musical The Little Prince (Theatre Calgary); Barber of Seville (Florida Grand Opera, Opera Lyra, Vancouver Opera); Timothy Findley's The Wars (Theatre Calgary, Vancouver Playhouse); Director / Adapter of Lost: A Memoir (Theatre Calgary, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Neptune Theatre); Director / Adapter of King Lear (Theatre Calgary, Bard on the Beach); Carmen, La Traviata (Pacific Opera); West Side Story (Bangkok University); Rat in the Skull (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Stratford Festival (four seasons); Shaw Festival (six seasons).
Other: Artistic Director of the Grand Theatre since 2016. Artistic Director of Theatre Calgary from 2005-2016. Recipient of a Calgary Award for Community Achievement in Arts and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Dennis published his first novel TOWARD BEAUTY: Reigniting a Creative Life on the Camino de Santiago In October.
Theatre Credits (Selected): Ride the Cyclone, The Wizard of Oz (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Dixon Road (Musical Stage Company); The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Disney Hero’s and Villains ( AK Arts Academy); The Little Mermaid (Musical Theatre Productions).
Film and TV Credits (Selected): Black is Beautiful, Fracture, Nova:Prime, Shelter.
Other: Graduate of the B.MusA program at Western University, Graduate Certificates in Corporate a communications and public relations from Fanshawe and Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.
Theatre Credits (Selected): Dolly Parton’s 9 To 5 The Musical (West End, London; UK Tour: US Tour; Australian and South Africa Companies); Anyone Can Whistle (Off-West End, London); Bingo, The Musical!, Executive Decision (Off-Broadway); Bombay Dreams (US Tour); Disney’s High School Musical (worldwide); West Side Story, Grease, Spamalot (Drayton); Coriolanus, In The Heights (Arts Club); The Little Prince, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Theatre Calgary); Guys & Dolls (Axelrod).
Film and TV Credits (Selected): Dreaming Of A Jewish Christmas (Intl Emmy nomination); Swinging Nutcracker; Diary of A Wimpy Kid 2.
Upcoming: Escape To Margaritaville (Walnut St. Theatre, PA).
Theatre Credits (Selected): Costume Design: Skyward (National Ballet); Bernhardt/Hamlet (Goodwin Chicago); Chicago, Billy Elliot the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, The Front Page, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show (Stratford); Art (Soulpepper). Set and Costume Design: 9 to 5 the Musical, Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley (Citadel); The Hound of The Baskervilles, Androcles And The Lion (Shaw); Bed and Breakfast (Blyth/Arts Club).
Other: www.danaosborne.ca, @danaodesigns. Dana is a member of I.A.T.S.E. 659 the Associated Designers of Canada.
Theatre Credits (Selected): Loves Labours Lost, Raisin in the Sun (American Players Theatre); Intimate Apparel, Fireflies (Northlight Theatre); Happy Days (Flint Rep); Cymbeline (Stratford Festival); Romeo & Juliet, Billy Bishop Goes to War (Globe Theatre); Small Mouth Sounds (Theatreworks Colorado); Body Politic (Buddies in Bad Times); Therefore Choose Life (HGJT); Extinction Therapist (Upcoming, Theatre Aquarius).
Film and TV Credits (Selected): Assistant Costume Designer, Station Eleven (HBO MAX); Assistant Costume Designer, Five Days at Memorial (Apple TV).
Other: www.scottpennerdesign.ca – @scottpennerdesign
Theatre Credits (Selected): Almost A Full Moon (Citadel Theatre); Dido and Aeneas (Opera Atelier); Indecent (Mirvish/Studio 180); Public Enemy (Canadian Stage); Uncle Vanya (Crow’s Theatre); Queen Goneril, King Lear (Soulpepper); Hamlet (Stratford Festival); Cyrano de Bergerac, Gaslight (Shaw Festival); The Barber of Seville (Vancouver Opera); Newsies (Arena Stage)
Other: Recipient of three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Pauline McGibbon Award, a Montreal English Theatre Award, and an Elizabeth Sterling Award. She is the Vice President of the Associated Designers of Canada.
Theatre Credits (selected): Billy Elliott, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show, Music Man (Stratford Festival); No Change In The Weather (Terra Bruce); I Forgive You, Everybody Just C@lm the F#ck Down (Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland); Dear Rita (Charlottetown Festival).
Other: Brian is a graduate of Sheridan College as well as The National Theatre School of Canada where he now coaches design students. Brian sits on the board of I.A.T.S.E 659 the Associated Designers of Canada
Theatre Credits (Selected): Hamlet-911, A Festival Queerstory, The Front Page, The Komagata Maru Incident (Stratford Festival); The Sound of Music, Hairspray (Drayton Entertainment); Le Bal (Theatre Plus); Not Wanted on the Voyage (Canadian Stage Company); 2 years in London England’s West End.
Opera Credits (Selected): 12 seasons with Opera Lyra Ottawa, 10 seasons with Hawaii Opera Theatre, 7 seasons with Orchestra London and Opera Pacific Victoria, 16 seasons with Opera Hamilton / Opera Ontario, Wagner’s Ring Cycle - Götterdämmerung for the Canadian Opera Company, and Idomeneo for Opera Atelier.
Upcoming: Rubaboo (Grand Theatre / Arts Club Theatre)
Theatre Credits (Selected): Il Trittico, Don Giovanni, Carmen (Pacific Opera Victoria); The Music Man, Serving Elizabeth, Kim’s Convenience, Ring of Fire (Thousand Islands Playhouse); R.U.R. A Torrent of Light, Oksana G (Tapestry Opera); Treemonisha (Volcano); Passing Strange (The Musical Stage Company/Obsidian); The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom (Sudbury Theatre Centre); The Brothers Size, The Testament of Mary, Hosanna, The Odd Couple (Soulpepper); Disney’s Newsies (Drayton); Good Morning, Viet Mom (Cahoots); Stage Fright (Lighthouse Festival Theatre)
Theatre Credits (Selected): Hamlet-911, Hosanna, The Tempest (Stratford Festival); The Birds and the Bees, Aladdin: The Panto, Snow White: The Panto, Weekend Comedy, Perfect Wedding (Drayton Entertainment); The Fixer-Upper, It’s Your Funeral, Lunenburg, Buying the Farm, Birds of a Feather, Storm Warning, Wrong for Each Other, Knickers! A Brief Comedy (Port Stanley Festival Theatre); The Normal Heart (Studio 180/Buddies in Bad TimesTheatre); Forests (Tarragon Theatre); Beauty and the Beast (Silver Mist Productions).
Upcoming: Controlled Damage, Homes: A Refugee Story (Grand Theatre)
Other: Love to Phil, Michael and Charlie.
Selected Recent Credits: 7 seasons with the Shaw Festival, 2 Pianos 4 Hands (Marquis), NSFW (Studio 180), The Mountaintop (Obsidian) A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (Globe/Persephone).
Other credits include productions with Canadian Stage, Young People’s Theatre, Mirvish, soulpepper, Citadel Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Theatre Passe Muraille, Nightwood, Tarragon, Factory Theatre, project: Humanity, Alameda Theatre, Stratford Festival, Theatre New Brunswick, Tapestry New Opera, Opera Ontario, ShakespeareWorks, Resurgence, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Frank Collymore Hall (Barbados), AfriCanadian Playwrights Festival, b Current, & Victoria Playhouse
Theatrical Credits (Selected): King Henry Five (Driftwood Theatre); RUR: A Torrent of Light (Tapestry Opera); Grounds For Goodness (Jumblies Theatre+Arts).
Other: Graduate of the Theatre Production Program at Humber College.