Farmington Hills Youth Theater’s ‘Elf, Jr.’ opens Nov. 21

Audiences will have a “sparklejollytwinklejingley” time as the Farmington Hills Youth Theatre presents “Elf the Musical Jr.”, with six performances November 21-24 at the Costick Center in Farmington Hills.

Aralynn Riley, a fifth grader who plays a Macy’s shopper, is one of more than 120 young actors involved in the production.

“Everyone needs to come see this show – two times!” she said in a press release.

Her sister Ailani, also a cast member, said her favorite scene is singing “Happy All The Time”.

”Everyone likes being happy and it definitely makes you feel that way,” she said.

Elf, Jr. 2019
From left, Clare Hafner (Buddy the Elf) and Selah Jones (Macy’s Manager) rehearse a scene from “Elf, Jr.”. (City Of Farmington Hills)

Based on the beloved holiday film starring Will Ferrell, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole.

The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his 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 and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother 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.

Tickets for the 1 p.m. and 5 p .m. performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, are $10 and available at, the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd., or by calling 248-473-1848.

For more information about the youth theater program, visit

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