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TUTS presents Elf - The Musical, a Hilarious Holiday Treat
Theatre Under the Stars

October, 2013

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) welcomes the whole family to enjoy the new holiday classic Elf – The Musical, based on the movie starring Will Ferrell.  This instant favorite promises fun for the young and young-at-heart and proves that the holiday spirit comes in all sizes.  The show runs Dec. 6 – 22 at Hobby Center’s Sarofim Hall.


Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy 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 his step-sister 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. Coming to Houston after two huge seasons on Broadway, this musical delight is joyous fun for the whole family!

TUTS will offer several special events in conjunction with the show to make for an unforgettable musical experience:

  • The Nice List VIP Christmas Party: Sunday, Dec. 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Make a list and check it twice!  Join Santa and Buddy the Elf and participate in the merriment as we spread Christmas cheer by singing carols with the elves, delighting in elf bites and celebrating the season!  This is the holiday hoopla that you won’t want to miss – complete with characters from your new favorite holiday show! Afterwards, enjoy VIP seating at the evening performance of Elf.  Visit to purchase tickets. 
  • Houston’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Thursday, Nov. 28
    • TUTS celebrates another holiday season with the Thanksgiving Day Parade!  Tune in to KHOU or watch live downtown as TUTS joins all the other floats to take part in this annual Thanksgiving Day morning tradition. 
  • Elf Film Screening:  Monday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.
    • Join TUTS for a FREE screening of the classic film Elf at Sundance Cinemas, located at downtown Houston’s Bayou Place.  Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • Breakfast with Santa: Saturday, Dec. 7 and 14
    • Celebrate the holidays with the Elf Breakfast with Santa Package!  Get the day started by having breakfast with Santa at the Downtown Aquarium, followed by an all-day exhibition and ride pass to the entertainment complex.  Top off the day with a performance of Elf at 2 p.m. Visit to purchase this package.
  • OUT@TUTS Post-Show Cast Party: Thursday, Dec. 12
    • A post-show, cabaret-style event at Artista Restaurant for TUTS’ GLBT friends.  Visit for more information.

  • Season Workshop for Students Aged 7 - 13: Friday, Dec. 13 from 5 – 7 p.m.
    • Join the fun and learn musical numbers from the elves, straight out of the Elf cast.  This workshop is recommended for ages 7 to 13. Visit to take advantage of this workshop.

Additionally, TUTS is offering dinner-and-a-show packages in conjunction with each evening performance.  Visit for more information on these special events and packages.


Tickets (starting at only $24) are available on-line at, by phone at (713) 558-TUTS (8887), outside the Houston area at (888) 558-3882, or in person at the Theatre Under The Stars Box Office, located at 800 Bagby at Walker, Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  An audio described performance is available Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m.; open captioning is available Sunday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. The Hobby Center is wheelchair accessible.  Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.  Group tickets may be purchased by calling (713) 558-8888 or via email at


TUTS’ presentation of Elf is made possible by the generosity of Locke Lord LLP.


Theatre Under The Stars’ 2013-2014 season is generously sponsored by St. Luke’s. For all of TUTS’ shows, air transportation is provided by United Airlines, the official airline of Theatre Under The Stars. Media sponsors include ABC-13 and Houston Chronicle.  Season support is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Theater District Association, the National Endowment for the Arts,  and the Texas Commission on the Arts.


Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is Houston’s acclaimed nonprofit musical theatre company whose mission is to enrich life through the experience of quality musical theatre and to positively impact lives beyond the stage through innovative education and community engagement programs.  TUTS performs annually in Sarofim Hall and Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center and at Miller Outdoor Theatre.  TUTS was the first theatrical organization in Houston to perform free to the public when it was founded in 1968 at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park and is the only Houston arts organization that has performed there free to the public every year since the theatre opened.  Founded by Frank M. Young and currently under the direction of President and CEO John C. Breckenridge and Artistic Director Bruce Lumpkin, TUTS has produced more than 300 musicals including many local, national and world. Through its membership in the Independent Presenters Network, TUTS regularly helps mount shows on Broadway which eventually show locally to Houston audiences.


In support of TUTS’ mission, TUTS’ Education & Community Engagement programs provide year-round instruction and stage experience.  The Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT) offers technique-driven classes for all ability levels and ages.  Through The River Performing and Visual Arts Center (The River), TUTS provides an accessible and inclusive arts education for individuals of all abilities.  TUTS Education & Community Engagement provides extended on-site programming as well as off-site programming for children in schools, hospitals and other community-based sites.  TUTS also annually presents the Tommy Tune Awards, honoring the best and brightest in Houston's high school musical theatre programs.


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