In the past week I’ve been having a debate with friends and family that seems to roll around each late November – is it too early to get Christmassy?
Whether or not you would enjoy this show depends on your answer.
If you’re a cynic who thinks the festive season begins at the start of December (or perhaps later), maybe this one is not for you.
But if you’ve already got the Advent calendars out, the tree and tinsel up in your living room and the reindeer and sleigh decorations on your roof, you’ll absolutely love it.
The cast threw themselves into every scene and every number (there are 13 to dance along to) and there is a touch of Christmas magic to it. If you’ve not seen the hit 2003 film of the same name, Buddy the Elf (played in this musical show by Gavin McKay) one day discovers that he’s bigger than his elf friends because he’s human, so he leaves Santa for a quest from the North Pole to New York, where the locals’ lack of Christmas spirit gets in the way.
It was an energetic performance all round from McKay, backed by a talented 16-strong orchestra.
One of the most pleasing parts of the night was there were plenty of youngsters in the audience – all with smiles as Santa reminded them his sleigh can’t fly across the world to deliver gifts without their Christmas spirit.
One of the stand-out performances was Buddy’s newly-discovered brother Michael Hobbs (Archie Maclean).
Archie is a Robert Gordon’s College pupil and showed ability and confidence beyond his tender years.
A mention should also go to Buddy’s girlfriend Jovie (Sophie Hamilton Pike) whose vocal talent brought a warm glow to such an atmospheric venue.
Donations and merchandise purchases from the show, which runs until Saturday, are being donated to the ARCHIE Foundation which – like the musical itself – shows that festive cheer is, indeed, all around.