ELF – The Musical


"A Joyous Christmas treat"
- Tom Jones, ColoradoTheatreReviews.com
"Tons of fun"
- Patrick Dorn
"The must-see holiday show of the season"
- Alex Miller, Vail Daily
"Josh Houghton’s comic timing, facial expressions, body language and wide-eyed innocence are superb"
- Claudia Carbone, Colorado Grandparent
"Children and adults will laugh"
- Lydia Rueger, Colorado Parent
"It's easy to see why Elf has become a modern-day Christmas classic"
- Chris Arneson, Broadway World
"Josh Houghton is brilliant as “Buddy” the elf"
- Tom Jones, ColoradoTheatreReviews.com

ELF – The Musical

Discover the true meaning of Christmas and embrace your inner Elf!

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November 20 - December 23, 2018

Main Stage

Tickets: Starting at $53 (Previews $36)

Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Based on the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum
Directed by Gavin Mayer

SCL Health - 2018-2019 Arvada Center Theatre Season Presenting Sponsor
Colorado Christian University

One of the most beloved holiday movies in recent years is live on stage! ELF - The Musical is the uproarious tale of Buddy, who as a child, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole where he is raised among elves. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to question where he came from. With Santa’s blessing, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. By spreading his unfailing holiday cheer, Buddy helps bring people together, and finds the human family he never knew he had.

Genre: Broadway Musical, Holiday Cheer


Content: Family-Friendly (PG Rating. Brief mature references and language.)


Performance Dates

Previews: November 16 – 18, 2018
Performances: November 20 – December 23, 2018, Tues – Sat at 7:30 pm, Wed at 1:00 pm, Sat – Sun at 2:00 pm
Opening night: Tuesday, November 20, 2018


Talk Backs

These discussions offered after select performances cover interesting subjects about the production with members of the cast, director and/or designers.

Talk Back opportunities:

  • Tuesday, November 27 after the 7:30 pm performance
  • Wednesday, December 5 after the 1 pm performance
  • Thursday, December 6 after the 7:30 pm performance

Happy Hour with the cast

Stay after the performance and enjoy a social happy hour with the cast! Complimentary light snacks will be provided, and a cash bar will be available.

Happy Hour opportunities:

  • Friday, November 30 after the 7:30 pm performance

Performance Run Time

Performances of Elf - The Musical run about 2 hours and 30 minutes including a 20 minute intermission.


Theatre Salons

Have a passion for theatre? Then join the Arvada Center Theatre Salon where you’ll spend 4 weeks exploring the script and its themes, the sets and costumes, the playwright and the history behind it all. You’ll also have the opportunity to see the production and meet the people who make it happen!

Theatre Salon dates:

  • Classes: Thursday evenings 7-9 pm, Nov. 8 - Dec. 6
  • Performance: Nov. 29

Sensory Friendly Performance

Sensory Friendly Performances are designed to be welcoming and inclusive for individuals with autism, Down syndrome, sensory processing disorders and their families. Some elements of the production have been changed for these performances to accommodate the needs of these individuals. This includes softened lighting effects, changes to sound production and a reduction of sudden movements. Lights are kept on in the audience areas for sensory friendly performances. Seating is general admission and only a portion of seats are sold to allow patrons to choose their own seating preference and allow space between audience members. Talking and moving around during the performance are allowed. Support both inside and outside of the theatre is also given through items like weighted blankets, fidgets, head phones, and a designated quiet space. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 720-898-7200.

A sensory friendly performance of Elf - The Musical will be held Sunday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m.

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