Denison High School (DHS) will be staging a community musical this fall entitled “Elf,” based on the Christmas movie by the same name.

Once every four years, DHS invites members of the community to join in its fall production. Anyone from third grade to adult is welcome to audition; roles are available for people of all ages.

Auditions will take place on Tuesday, August 27, at the DHS Fine Arts Center.

Auditions will start at 6 p.m. Depending on the role desired, auditions may end as late as 9 p.m.

Rehearsals for the show will be on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 7 and 10 p.m., depending on the role earned.

Children in third through fifth grades will be required to have an adult chaperone with them at practices.

Show dates for “Elf” will be November 8, 9 and 10. 

The musical selection was changed from “Mary Poppins” when the directors learned of a short release of rights for “Elf,” which is only available to perform until the end of 2020.

“Elf “follows the adventures of a grown man who was raised in the North Pole and believes he is an elf, until he learns who his real parents are.

Buddy the elf finds his real father in New York City and makes lots of mischief along the way.

It is a heartwarming story of family, joy and believing in things bigger than yourself.

Those who are interested in helping in any other capacity, such as lighting, set decorating, costumes or makeup are asked to contact Laurel Olsen or Kandy Thompson at the high school at 712-263-3101 or via email at

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