West Virginia Music Hall of Fame member Tim O’Brien is back on Mountain Stage with a new group and a
Elf the Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner Elf. The New York Times says that Elf is “splashy, peppy, sugar-sprinkled holiday entertainment!” USA Today calls Elf “endearingly goofy!” Variety proclaims, “Elf is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!”
The musical follows disco diva Deloris Van Cartier who witnesses a murder and is put in protective custody in a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community.
The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
Based on Bradford Ropes’ novel and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, 42nd Street tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical “Pretty Lady.” When the leading lady breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star. With a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, this sparkling new production will be directed by co-author Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner—the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival. The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, 42nd Street is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.”
The Davis & Elkins College Concert Choir and Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church will present the annual gift of music to the community with “Lessons and Carols” at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 8 at the church. The event, which is free and open to the public, shares the themes of light, hope and the birth of Christ through lyrics, hymns and readings. Davis & Elkins College President Chris A. Wood will present a Christmas Reflection. The choir, under the direction of Liz Marshall-MacVean and accompanied by Donna Baroudi-Huffman, will present “The Celtic Rose: Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” by Sheldon Curry, “Born in Bethlehem” by Jay Althouse, and “Adeste Fideles” by Greg Gilpin, among other selections. A reception will follow in the Church Fellowship Hall.