Elves save the holiday in Pantochino’s ‘School for Elves’

Pantochino Productions has extended the run of its new holiday musical "School For Elves" through Dec. 22 at the Center for the Arts in downtown Milford.

"We're so excited with the audience response to the show," said playwright and director Bert Bernardi. "With nearly all of our performances sold out, we have added a new show on Friday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m."

The show will feature cafe-style seating at tables and chairs and audiences are invited to bring their own food and drink to enjoy during the performance.

“School For Elves” is a merry, bright and heartwarming new holiday story by Bert Bernardi (book and lyrics) and Justin Rugg (music). The musical tells the story of Yule School, where newly recruited elves learn, work and play while assisting Santa Claus in making the holiday happen. When new headmaster, Mr. Sassafras, takes charge, things are amiss, spirits falter and the holiday itself is in question. It’s up to the elves to rally together to make sure Christmas comes as happily as planned.

Appearing in “School for Elves” are company members Jimmy Johansmeyer, Mary Mannix, Shelley Marsh Poggio, Maria Berte, Justin Rugg, Hannah Duffy and Valerie Solli. They will be joined by Greg Hatzis and Don Poggio. Playing the new recruit elves are Gavin Conte, Annabel Wardman, Connor Rizzo, Sierra DiMartino, Rowan Simonelli, Luke Hatzis, Ainsley Novin, Adeline Horne, Sebastian Bianchine, Briana Jackson and Ainsley Dahlstrom. The show features sets by Von Del Mar, lighting by Jeff Carr, sound by Sara Brown and costumes by Johansmeyer. Amy Craw is the production stage manager.

Tickets to "School For Elves" are $20 online, or $22 at the door, if available. Advance tickets are suggested. The Milford Center for the Arts is located at 40 Railroad Avenue South on the eastbound side of the Metro-North tracks. Free parking is available in the train station lots. Further details are available at pantochino.com.