Shoemaker and the Elves at Marquis Theatre in Northville

Ever wish you had a few "helpers" around the house – or maybe at work? That's exactly what one lucky guy gets in Shoemaker and the Elves, a kids' stage show playing at Marquis Theatre in Northville. It runs most Saturdays and Sundays from March 8 through May 4, 2014 (except April 20, which is Easter Sunday) – plus three special weekdays (April 23-25).

In this local theater's spin, children discover the classic tale of a poor, hardworking shoemaker whose life is "transformed and enriched when visited by some magical friends," as the Marquis puts it. While the wee elves work their wonders, your own little ones' toes will be tapping to a variety of fun, upbeat tunes, including "Shoes," "Happy Feet," "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" and "We Love to Dance."

They'll also giggle at the characters' silly, creative names, including Mayor Clankbattle, Lockhart and Matilda Cobblestone, Sneerella Twerm, Mrs. Snootbottom and Zoom Coorigan – not to mention the elves!

This is a kids' show by kids, too! There are two casts, and each has 13 child performers plus a few adults, Marquis tells Metro Parent.

Shoemaker and the Elves is recommended for little audiences ages 3 and older (under age 3 not admitted). It runs about one hour and 20 minutes with a brief intermission. Concessions are available, too.

Tickets are $9 each. This show is the first of a four-show "Classic Storybook Season" run at the Marquis; you can buy tix to all four for just $30!

It plays at 2:30 p.m. on all of the following days/dates:

  • Saturdays (March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26 and May 3)
  • Sundays (March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 27 and May 4) (note: no show on Easter Sunday, April 20)
  • Wednesday, April 23
  • Thursday, April 24
  • Friday, April 25

For the basic at-a-glance details on the 2014 production of Shoemaker and the Elves at Marquis Theatre in Northville, swing by the Metro Parent calendar listing.

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