Bemidji Community Theater will present the musical The Elves and the Shoemaker, book by Karen Boettcher-Tate, Music and Lyrics by Bill Francoeur, on April 6, 7, 13, 14 at 7:30 and April 8 and 15 at 2:00. In addition, school matinees will be held on April 10 and 11 at 9:15, 10:45, and 12:30 (but reservations are needed).
This version of The Elves and the Shoemaker, a fun, toe-tapping musical, is based on the classic Grimm’s fairy tale of the same name. The poor shoemaker and his wife, on the brink of eviction from their cozy home, donate their last pair of shoes to a poor beggar woman, leaving them just one more chance to turn common leather into shoes in order to pay their bills. After they fall asleep, a group of 7 elves enter and magically transform the leather into an exquisite pair of shoes, a feat they will repeat during the next 3 nights. In the end, each group plays it forward in helping those less fortunate, proving that hard work is the secret to making dreams and wishes come true.
In the spirit of playing it forward, each child in attendance will receive a free children’s book courtesy donations from area businesses and the public.
The show is directed by Mary Knox-Johnson with vocal direction by Julie Loxtercamp and accompaniment by Dan Will. Tickets are available at Iverson Corner Drug, Ken K. Thompson Jewelry and at the door 1 hour before the show (pending availability). The cost is $6.00 for children and $12.00 for adults. All performances are at the historic Chief Theatre and are made possible by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund. Underwriting was also provided by Paul Bunyan Communications.
The show is produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colorado. Elf images were provided by Dave Lowe.