Our home is filled with a bunch of blossoming theater lovers, and we as parents are happy to nurture that love every opportunity we get. Living in the suburbs of Chicago makes it a little easier since there are always so many great shows to see. It was extra exciting when we were asked to attend a performance of Elf The Musical this weekend at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora and share our thoughts.
Based on the hilarious 2003 Will Ferrell movie, Elf is one of those rare holiday shows that will have both kids and adults laughing, humming tunes like “A Christmas Song” and “Sparklejollytwinklejingley” for days. If you’ve ever felt like you don’t belong, just be glad you’re not William “Buddy” Hobbes. When he was a baby, Buddy crawled into Santa’s sack of presents and was whisked away to the North Pole, where he lived as an elf for years. Buddy took joy in doing elf things, like making toys. But there was always something off. He towered over his fellow elves and just didn’t get cobbling. When Buddy learns he’s human, he goes in search of his father, a workaholic New York City publisher. Imagine Buddy’s horror when he finds out his real dad couldn’t care less about Christmas. But that won’t deter the infectiously cheerful wannabe elf from changing people’s hearts and minds.
I had NEVER SEEN THE MOVIE, so I had absolutely no idea what to expect. Although anything that was inspired by a Will Ferrel movie had me concerned about the humor level and my 9-year-old. While there are a few places that the humor is PG-13 (no swearing, just a few sexual innuendos) it seemed to go right over her head (our 12 and 14-year-old definitely caught it all). The story is lovely, the staging and costumes are bright and festive, and the musical numbers are fun and easy to sign along with. At no time were any of our kids bored or fidgety, which to me is the sign of a successful show that kids can attend! It was a wonderful holiday show and I would strongly encourage everyone to head to the Paramount and check out Elf The Musical before it leaves on January 7th.
As an added bonus, members of the cast (Buddy, Jovi, Santa Claus, Mr. Hobbs, and the Macy’s Store Manager) all took a few minutes after their amazing performance to say “Hi” to the kids and take pictures.
Thanks to Kyle Adams, Samantha Pauly, Roger Mueller, Michael Accardo and Jonathan Butler-Duplessis!
Elf The Musical is at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora from now until January 7, 2018. The Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in the heart of downtown Aurora, is the center for performing arts, entertainment and arts education in the second largest city in Illinois. The 1,888-seat Paramount Theatre is nationally renowned for the quality and caliber of its presentations, historic 1930s Art Deco beauty and superb acoustics. And with a two-story Christmas tree in the center of Paramount’s lobby, thousands of sparkling lights adorning the banisters and carolers filling the air with song, Paramount has become the place where families head for unforgettable holiday experiences.
And we managed to snag a family holiday picture!
For more information on how to take your family to see Elf The Musical this holiday season at the Paramount Theatre (I highly recommend it!), you can check out the Paramount’s website, and make sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Elf The Musical and the Paramount Theatre. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.