Youth production hits stage next weekend


The Kirby is bringing Christmas in August with Roxboro Little Theater’s Youth Production of “Elf Jr.,” on stage next weekend. Elf Jr. show times are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2-3 and 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 4.

Elf Jr. follows the story of Buddy, a young orphan, who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. This charming stow-away is raised as an elf, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to realize the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City, to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his real father is on the naughty list, and that his little sister doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

The show is directed by Ray Pearce and features talented young teen actors, who are mostly from Person County.

“I’ve had an amazing time working with the cast and crew on Elf Jr. They’ve made my last youth show the best experience ever.” says Ahn Overbey.

The Youth Summer Theater productions are opportunities for the Arts Council to provide educational and fun experiences to the youth in the community.

“We really have come together as a family through this show,” says Elizabeth Chambers who plays Emily Hobbs, “I will never forget all the great people I have met.”

The Person County Arts Council has been partnering with the Person County Recreation, Arts and Parks Department to do summer theater programs since the 1970s.

“Being in Elf Jr. has been an experience I will remember years from now. I have learned so much from our director and cast.” said Adriana Herrera, who plays Jovie.

The Youth Summer Theater production of Elf Jr. is presented by the Person County Arts Council, Person County Recreation, Arts and Parks Department and Piedmont Community College and would not be possible without the support of the Person County United Way, Family Fare and the North Carolina Arts Council.

Tickets are on sale now, $10 for adults and $5 for students. Students over 18 need to bring college ID. Tickets can be purchased at the box office in the Kirby gallery, over the telephone with Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express, or online at Concessions will be sold before the show.

The Kirby is always looking for people from Person County and surrounding communities to participate in the theater programs. An upcoming workshop for the RLT Production The Wiz is scheduled for Aug. 17, with audition dates scheduled for Aug. 19-20. This season, Roxboro Little Theater productions will include The Wiz, Sanders Family Christmas, Plaza Suite, and Oklahoma!

The Kirby Cultural Arts Complex is located at 213 N. Main St., Roxboro. For more information, call the Kirby Box Office at 336-597-1709 or visit the website at Box office hours are from 1-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday.


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