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Elf — The Musical hitting the stage at Ponoka United Church

Shows start Nov. 25
The cast of Elf — The Musical in a recent rehearsal. (Photos submitted)

Audiences will enjoy a fun and energetic cast in the holiday classic Elf — The Musical, a Ponoka Community Theatre Production presented by KFA and Ponoka United Church.

“It’s a great story; a lot of fun,” said Robin King, chair of KFA’s board.

After so much time off during the pandemic, the theatre group took the opportunity to reassess and re-brand.

Klaglahachie Fine Arts Society is now simply “KFA.”

Ponoka Community Theatre is under the non-profit umbrella of KFA, which also hopes to hold well summer camp, some productions specifically for children and concerts.

They also re-evaluated the types of shows they will be doing moving forward, as they wanted to choose productions that included as many people as possible, both with the age range of the cast, and community volunteers that help pull it all together.

Volunteers help with everything from costumes to set design, working the sound desk and lighting.

“That’s what community theatre is all about,” said King.

As a Christmas-themed film, it’s a classic around the holidays for many, with an upbeat, uplifting message, said King.

While there’s several big roles, there’s also a who group of children playing elves.

KFA chose Elf for those reasons, hoping it would be a musical everyone could enjoy, said King.

Buddy, the human who think’s he’s can elf, will be played by Todd Lewis while real-life wife Jula Lewis is playing Buddy’s love interest, Jovie.

Perry Wilson will portray Santa and David Luce is playing Buddy’s father, Walter Hobbs.

Some actors and actresses will be playing several roles.

Tanya Heyden-Kaye and Andrea Ramage are the co-directors.

Costuming is being done by Susan Chantal and her team.

The group has been practicing twice a week since September.

The shows go Nov. 25, 26 and 27, as well as Dec. 2, 3 and 4, at Ponoka United Church, located at 5020 - 52 Ave.

Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 shows start at 2 p.m. and the rest are at 7 p.m.

Based on t he New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum, Elf — The Musical is presented through special arrangements with Music Theatre International.

Tickets are available at, or at the theatre group’s office, located at the church. Their office is open from 9 am to 1 p.m. Tuesday to Friday.

Emily Jaycox

About the Author: Emily Jaycox

I’m Emily Jaycox, the editor of Ponoka News and the Bashaw Star. I’ve lived in Ponoka since 2015 and have over seven years of experience working as a journalist in central Alberta communities.
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