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Elf The Musical

The 2016-17 National Premiere

November 1 & 2 at 7 p.m. at Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts

One of the most beloved Hollywood holiday hits of the past decade is born again – live on stage!

Alto, NM - ELF The Musical is the hilarious odyssey tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts one Christmas night and is unknowingly transported back to the North Pole. Once discovered, he ends up being raised as an elf. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous, comically bigger size than his elf pals – little workers that he out-jollies by far, but falls far short of by his pathetic toy-making skills – prompts Elf to face an agonizing truth. He simply doesn’t fit in….

      With Santa’s permission, Buddy the elf embarks on a trek to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. In the process, he shares an infectious earnestness, unveils the spirit of love, and helps New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

     Starring a cast of 30 professional singers, dancers and orchestra musicians, Elf The Musical is a modern day Christmas classic filled with hilarity, sincerity, and rousing musical numbers sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.

     The Broadway production is based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit that starred Will Farrell and James Caan, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).

      ELF premieres at the Spencer Theater on Tuesday, November 1 and Wednesday, November 2 at 7 p.m. These performances kick-off a major coast-to-coast national tour, a marvelous journey destined to spread the old-time feel and fantastic joys of Christmas to young and old alike. Excellent seats are available for $39-up. Call the Spencer at 888.818.7872 or visit online for tickets.


Spencer Theater Selected Site for

Major Broadway Tech of Elf, The Musical

Alto, NM -- When the lights go down and curtain rise, patrons know they’re about to be whisked into a breakaway reality. A few hours later, following the roar of hearty applause and standing ovations, the magical production motors on down the road.
But what went on behind the scenes to make that theatrical experience so successful was altogether another drama – a demanding and costly, yet extremely rewarding work call that synthesized tiers of details and made the production ready for the road.
The process is called “teching,” and being selected as the facility for that teching process – as well as the site for premiering a show and launching the national tour – is quite simply an honorary industry award.
Now for the eighth time in the Spencer’s brief 19-year tenure, the Spencer has been identified as the full-scale theater at which to tech a major Broadway tour. This season, theSpencer will be preparing the elaborate production of ELF, The Broadway Musical, for NETworks Presentations, LLC – a company that is committed to crafting sustainable, critically acclaimed shows that deliver strong returns and satisfied ticket buyers. The company is ranked among the very best in touring Broadway and West End productions, creating phenomenal nights of Broadway theatre tours that travel to roadhouses throughout North America, Europe and parts of Asia.
And this year it all starts at the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts in the little ol’ getaway mountain town of Alto, New Mexico.
This will be the Spencer’s first teching experience with NETworks since the fall of 2008 when the Spencer prepared Sweeny Todd for national tour. Past hit productions also teched for NETworks at the Spencer include the musicals Big, Cabaret, Fosse, and Seussical the Musical.

         The teching of ELF, an absolutely hilarious tale based on the hit 2003 Will Farrell movie, will star a cast of approximately 30 actors, dancers, singers and orchestra musicians.  All will come together over a 9-day period October 25-November 2 with show directors, electricians, audio engineers, wardrobe, (costuming, hair & makeup), etc. – all coming in from the east coast,  – with a Spencer stage crew of 50 people (each work call is a 12-hour shift running 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.). Within those crew calls are production company officials and touring crews as well as Spencerstage crews and temporary staff hired from Ruidoso and beyond just to see this show get off the ground with success.

According to NETworks executives, who joined crews during past techs, the Spencer was again selected because of its high quality staff, ample production & stage space, lack of distractions & the supreme mountain beauty of the Ruidoso area.
The run involves the detailing of stage blocking and cues, fine-tuning of choreography, light and sound designs, rehearsals (for all stage hands and performers – including actors and orchestra musicians), creation or repairs of scenic drops, sets, props, special effects, wardrobes, wigs and makeup, photography and the filming of B-roll for TV marketing and – ultimately – the labeling and organizing the critical packing plans for every subsequent load-in and load-out for the rest of the tour.
In short, it’s a lot of work that involves a lot of professionalism and employs a lot of people of all backgrounds. Why the Spencer has been selected to be the teching honoree is quite simple: it’s 5,000 square foot stage with 48 fly-lines, state of the art lighting and sound capabilities, large shop area and loading dock and personalized catering makes it an ideal place at which to tech a show.
Having the two dimensions is unique “Usually when a company techs a show they want to be in a city because of the wide spectrum of supplies needed,” says Spencer Tech Director Bob Phaup.  “But here, even if they have to travel to Alamogordo or El Paso to get the extra supplies, they find it worthwhile because of the size of the stage and reputation of our crew and the location of Ruidoso itself.”
Of course, producing a show on site is 10-times more hectic than the typical one or two day whirl through our hall, but teching here is a definite win-win for both the Spencer & the production companies.  The Spencer, staff and surrounding community become partners in the touring Broadway business and the Ruidoso area is not only marketed to the world (via good word of mouth and actual show publicity) but also provides the NETworks production the most positive kick-off imaginable.  “Everyone always comments on the hospitality here and the wholesome beauty of the area,” says Phaup.  “It’s a refreshing experience for those in the industry to be here and that positive feeling comes through.”
Everyone should come enjoy the premiere productions of ELF at the Spencer on Tuesday, November 1st and Wednesday, November 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at just $39. Find your inner ELF at the Spencer! Call the Spencer Box Office at 575.336.4800 or go online for tickets or information.

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