Issue 19pulse

A Very Merry Christmas at the Gallo Center

Elf the Musical

elf the musical If you’re looking to start your holiday season with a sprinkle of funny, don’t miss “Elf the Musical” in its two-day debut to the Gallo Center for the Arts on Nov. 17 and 18.

The musical follows the strange tale of Buddy, an orphaned child who ends up at the North Pole after crawling into Santa’s bag of gifts. The boy is raised believing he’s an elf until his enormous size and nonexistent toy-making skills reveal the hard truth. Buddy, now eager to find his birth father, departs to New York City with Santa’s permission.

Along the way, he discovers his true self and helps New York to remember the meaning of Christmas.

For those that loved the New Line Cinema movie, grab a ticket for “Elf the Musical”. And don’t forget: The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

Nov. 17 & 18, 6:30p.m., $39.99

It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Playits a wonderful lifeEvery time you see a rendition of Frank Capra’s classic, an angel gets his wings. Four years ago, The Gallo Center for the Arts and the California State University, Stanislaus theatre department collaborated on the 2010 production of It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play and sold out four massively successful performances.

The play, performed in the style of a 1940s radio show, follows the life of George Bailey, a disillusioned businessman who is tragically planning to end it all until his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, appears to show him the effect he’s had on the people in his town. The play, much like the movie, follows Bailey’s heartwarming journey of friendship and Christmas spirit.
Make sure not to miss this unique presentation of the Christmas classic that’s perfect for the whole family.

Dec. 4 & 5, 7:30p.m., $15-25

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