For some families, it's a must-see holiday classic. And this year, you have the option of watching it live on stage. Elf the Musical, based on the 2003 New Line Cinema hit starring Will Ferrell, takes the Stephens Auditorium stage for a 7:30 p.m. performance on Nov. 15.
Elf the Musical chronicles the humorous tale of Buddy, a young orphan who crawls into Santa's sack of toys and mistakenly is transported to the North Pole. Buddy thinks he is one of Santa's elves, but his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face facts. With Santa's permission, Buddy journeys to New York City in search of his birth father, to seek out his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Ticket holders are encouraged to participate in crafts and other Elf-themed fun beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Celebrity Café, located on the ground floor at the north entrance.
ISU students attending the show can enjoy free pizza and refreshments, courtesy of Jeff's Pizza, in the ISU Student Lounge (third floor balcony) during intermission. Just bring your student ID.
Tickets, $24-$63 ($28-$45 for youth and students), are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster.