City of Plymouth Youth Theatre Company
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Elf the Musical

City of Plymouth Youth Company, Devonport Playhouse, 7th – 8th October 2016

‘Elf the Musical’ tells the story of Buddy who crawls into Santa’s bag as a baby and grows up in the North Pole as an elf. He discovers he is actually human and travels to New York to find his family.

Buddy, played by Alex Luscombe, had excellent comic timing and delivered his lines wonderfully. His character is happy and talkative throughout the show and Alex kept up his smile and Christmas cheer without faltering. He meets a girl named Jovie, played by Amelia Green, whom he falls in love with. Amelia had a mature and beautiful voice so when Buddy persuaded her to sing the audience were awed by her voice.

The entire cast and ensemble worked incredibly hard throughout, especially the elves, who were jolly and enthusiastic during the performance. I expect there were some very tired elves after the show had finished though!

Although a little early to be thinking about Christmas, the final scene would have looked perfect on the front of a Christmas card, with Santa riding his sleigh above the elves and people of New York.

The staging and costumes were brilliant and the contrast between the bright colours of the North Pole in comparison to the greys of the New York offices added to the story of Buddy bringing Christmas cheer to New York. An excellent show by all the cast and crew. The audience left the theatre in good spirit while humming ‘A Christmas song’.

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