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Sunday, 20 October 2019

Preview: Naughty Elves and the Shoemaker at South Shields Customs House


Santa’s Naughty Elf Adds Elfluent Twist To Traditional Tale 

The Naughty Elves and the Shoemaker
South Shields Customs House
Saturday 30th November - Tuesday 24th December 2019

Wayne Miller as Elfluent
Santa’s Naughty Elf is putting his stamp on a traditional tale this year.  Wayne Miller marked 10 years of playing Elfluent in various Santa’s Naughty Elf productions at The Customs House last year.  Now he’s back in The Naughty Elves and the Shoemaker, which runs from Saturday 30th November to Tuesday 24th December.

Jen Stevens and Sean Kenney 
as Mr and Mrs Shoemaker 
The show will feature original storytelling music by north east singer/songwriter Jen Stevens, who serves as musical director as well as the narrator and Mrs Shoemaker.  Sean Kenney joins the cast as Mr Shoemaker and Katie Reed will play Elflorida the Elf.

Wayne said: “A decade of Santa’s Naughty Elf has come and gone and it’s been a real honour and pleasure to create and play this character. What’s new for everyone’s favourite elf this year though?  Well, every year there has been a new story and new adventure, however this year is a new adventure but an old story. We decided this year to put Elfluent in a well-known story with the chance of a new calamity.  We have lots of festive fun on offer that will hopefully please the fans who come every year and attract first-timers to keep coming back.  I’m truly excited to have this great cast with me along for the ride, we hope many grab their tickets and join us too this Christmas. Elfluent promises that it’s a little panto for little people that’s not to be missed!”

Katie Reed as Elflorida
Sean has been acting for 29 years, with TV and film credits including Byker Grove, Inspector George Gently, Vera, James Bond: Tomorrow Never Dies and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

Musical theatre is a new venture for Jen, an experienced and passionate live performer, who studied jazz and contemporary music at university and has gone on to work on a masters in song writing, alongside a career teaching music and working in events. 

Katie has been performing since the age of five and has been involved in a number of The Customs House Summer School productions, most recently playing Morticia in The Addams family and Sharpay Evans in High School Musical.

She has also appeared in Arbuthnot and Pals’ Adventures in Oz and Arbuthnot and Pals’ Super Happy Silly Mega Fun Gameshow and will return in Arbuthnot and Pals’ Wizarding Adventure this October half-term.

Tickets:
Tickets for The Elves and the Shoemaker are priced from £10, including a gift from Santa. To book, contact the box office on (0191) 454 1234 or visit www.customshouse.co.uk. Performance times vary.

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