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Germantown-Based Theater Group to Present "Elf, The Musical Jr."

Washingtonians For Young Performing Artists, a non-profit children’s theater company, based in Germantown, will present “Elf The Musical Jr.”, featuring the OnStage Acting Companies.

The productions will be held at Timothy O’Shea Theater at Watkins Mill High School, at 19301 Apple Ridge Road in Gaithersburg. There will be three performances, Friday, Dec. 18 at 7:00 pm and two more on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm.

The musical is based from the popular movie, “Elf”, starring Will Ferrell, which tells the story of an Elf who finds out who he really is, moving from the North Pole to New York City. Featured songs: “Happy All The Time”, “A Christmas Song”, and “The Story of Buddy.”

Sayne K. Lewis (Artistic Director), Eva Marsh (Musical Director), and Patricia Targete (Choreographer) complete the artistic staff. The cast of 32, ranging from 9-13 years old, have been rehearsing since October. Participating cast members are students from McAuliffe Elementary and Kingsview Middle School in Germantown, as well as schools in Upper Montgomery County, and Washington, DC. WYPA includes older teenagers in the process as well; Northwest High School students, Danielle Coates, Michael Gant, and James Radko, all of Germantown and Boyds, lead the backstage crew team.

“Elf is fun,” said Emma Gant, an 8th-grader at Kingsview Middle School, who is in her fifth production with WYPA. “Everyone knows each other or gets to know each other really well so we have a lot of fun together. We work really hard and everyone is given an equal opportunity whether you are a lead character or ensemble. There are some pretty intricate pieces of choreography that we hope the audience enjoys as much as we do. It's a lot of fun to be around everybody and work to put on the show.”

“Elf The Musical Jr.” marks the first time that the organization will be producing a show in a high school auditorium, Watkins Mill High School. Most rehearsals were held at Kingsview Middle School and CoMMotion Dance Studio.

“Elf The Musical Jr.” at Watkins Mill High School will feature the talents of Sophia Anthony, Sarah Asofsky, Emma Barrett, Beth Brady, Zak Braun, Yujin Chang, Alyssa Coates, Shawn Collins, Sarah Dicker, Lexi Dressman, Fiona Feingold, Andrew Fuentes, Emma Gant, Jack Grange, Kyle Greber, Braden Hurley, Carli Katz, Anna Kessler, Maddie McCarty, Elisa McCaw, Leilani Meyers, Megan O'Brien, Amanda Radko, Maya Ronick, Bri Rotker, Leila Rotker, Lilly Shaw, Ava Silberman, Zachary Steinberg, Addie Tallman, Maria Tyma, Christina Williams, and Michelle Williams.

Tickets can be purchased online at elfthemusicaljr.brownpapertickets.com. All seating is reserved. Prices are $15 for children 2-11; $20 for students 12-17; and $25 for adults. For mor information about Washingtonians for Young Performing Arts visit their website.