Elf Empire Productions and The Food Lounge present
by Lawrence Casler

Starring Santa Cruz favorites -

Jackson Wolffe, Ron Maysenhalder, Rita Wadsworth and Marj Young


Just in time for Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s season, Elf Empire introduces us to the four theater-goers from hell - Margaret and Stanley Locker and their friends, Donna and Walter Pace. The two couples are at the theatre for their weekly dose of culture.

The world’s most annoying theater-goers (Jackson Wolffe, Ron Maysenhalder, Jane Chahbandour and Marj Young), surrounded by irritated audience members attempting to watch a performance of “Hamlet

Amid the laughter of the audience, secrets emerge, and friendships unravel as we listen in to their incessant and hilarious chatter about themselves, their children, a dead friend and even occasionally Shakespeare's play. You may even recognize these rude playgoers as the obnoxious people who sometimes sit behind you.

3 Performances only – July 13, 2019 Brunch show at 11:30 a.m.; dinner show at 6:00 p.m. & July 14, dinner show at 5:30 p.m.

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Theatrical Entertainment for Any Event

Add Enchantment to Any Occasion

Elf Empire is the only Santa Cruz-based theater company with extensive experience in producing on-going dinner theater and interactive murder mysteries.

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Dinner Theater

Dinner theater productions of popular lighthearted comedies

See Our Current Show!

Don’t miss the World Premiere of Elf Empire’s new fun filled whodunnit - "Hummus and Homicide or Mayhem on the Menu". At the Food Lounge February 23, March 2 and March 9.

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Special Events

Original Musical Cabarets for any special occasion

Make Your Event Fun and Memorable!

Fund raisers, reunions, graduations, office parties... any kind of special event... Elf Empire will add lighthearted theatrical frivolity to your gathering! 

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Business Parties

Interactive Whodunnits, custom written for your organization

Customize Your Event

Create a special way to thank your clients and/or staff! Elf Empire will work with you to produce lighthearted theatrical entertainment just for the occasion.

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Family Theater

Theater performances for the whole family

Fun for the Whole Family

Cross-generational acting workshops for families and/or aspiring thespians of all ages, resulting in an original script and recital-style production.

Turn any event into something extraordinary with a theatrical diversion

Elf Empire Productions lends enchantment to any festivity offering theatrical productions brought to your company gathering; “thank you” events for your clients or customers; reunions; fundraisers; parties of all kinds.

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The virtuosity of gifted professionals…

Elf Empire is not for elves alone – it is an equal opportunity production company with a covey of talented entertainers.

Our far-ranging contacts with the local theater community provide us with a cadre of gifted performers and theater technicians for a variety of genres.

We take a light-hearted whimsical approach to your party planning with a spirit of youth for all ages.

“Thank you so much for all your fabulous work on ‘THE DON’S DAUGHTER’ that you staged for our Christmas party. It was a hit with all our employees.”

Santa Cruz Title Company

"'A Night In The Theater' makes perfectly delicious dinner theater fare…"

Santa Cruz Metro

"Elf Empire's production of 'Jewel Thieves,' is a small play that shines… the enthusiastic actors are able to carry the audience along on a hilarious ride."

Valley Press

"'Murder at the Howard Johnsons' - a naughty but nice piece of dinner theater… wickedly delicious, easily digestible fun."

Santa Cruz Metro

"'Murder on the Menu'– the show is full of lively silliness and the atmosphere is completely comfortable thanks to actors who are improvisational wizards."

Good Times

"'Santa's Follies'… Mrs. Kitty Claus and her wild-eyed friend Elfis narrate a hilarious evening of warmth, love and a hefty dose of Christmas cheer…"


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