Elf: The Musical

Nov 16 – Dec 30
Gilliam Stage at Barter Theatre

Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin

Music by Matthew Sklar Lyrics by Chad Beguelin

Based upon the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum

A hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag and is taken back to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities force him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help remember the true meaning of Christmas. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

Director's Notes

The Elf-man Chronicles of Buddy, at Christmas.

Christ·mas ~(‘krisməs)

noun

1.the annual Christian festival celebrating Christ's birth, held‪ on December 25in the Western Church.

exclamation

2. expressing dismay, despair, or surprise.

For our hero, BUDDY, the Elf, Christmas 2018 is going be unlike any other he’s had before. This one will be full of surprises. And as surprises often go, some will be great... and others, a little less great. In a matter of minutes, he will discover that his happy and syrup-filled life with Santa Claus has been based on a FIB! Buddy is not an ELF at all, but rather, just a human! And his real father works in publishing! whatever that is! So, Buddy embarks on a journey of self discovery, as only Buddy can.We can all identify with his search, full of longing for areal family. To feel the warm embrace of his father, to drink hot cocoa with his stepmom, and to snuggle with his newfound brother. From the snowy drifts of the North Pole to the bustling streets of New York City,Buddy swerves in and out of danger, bringing everyone he meets a proverbial gumdrop full of cheer.

And what about us, as we watch this musical from our comfortable seats? Are we capable of Buddy’s good cheer in the face of despair? Can we turn shock and dismay into joy and laughter with our own good nature and a few bars of Jingle Bells?

It’s easy to get caught up in the frenzied month of December, all the parties and shopping, the wrapping paper and ribbons. Let’s pause to reflect on the sparklejollyjingletwinkley-ness of this wonderful life. Let’s learn from Buddy’s discovery. Let’s be inspired by this overgrown Elf-Man. Let’s cruise down Main Street, singing along with our own father, mother, kids, and grandkids. Let’s put our own innate and surprising abundance of sparklejollyjinkgletwinkley into this Christmas. And make everyone around us feel as good as a cup full of maple syrup and a ginger snap. What a wonderful Christmas surprise that will be!

Susanne Boulle – Director, Elf: The Musical

Cast & Credits

CAST:

Santa Claus: Rick McVey

Mrs. Claus: Mary Lucy Bivins

Buddy: Zacchaeus Kimbrell

Charlie, an elf: Rusty Allen

Shawanda, an elf: Brandy Drzymkowski

Santa’s Elves: Parker Byun, Sean Maximo Campos, Caroline Lambert, Justin Tyler Lewis, Paris Bradstreet, Hope Quinn, Joshua J. Schwartz, *Lucy Piper, *Connor Gray, *Gracie Bostic, *Milly Rainero, *Kyle McCroskey, *Carly Rutherford

Walter Hobbs: Nick Koesters

Emily Hobbs: Hannah Ingram

Michael Hobbs: *Owen Griffith and Parker Gray

Jovie: Sarah Laughland

Mr. Greenway: Michael Poisson

Deb: Paris Bradstreet

Jogger: Sean Maximo Campos

Souvlaki Cart Guy: Parker Byun

Flyer Guys: Rusty Allen, Joshua J. Schwartz

Business Woman: Brandy Drzymkowski

Teenagers: Caroline Lambert, Hope Quinn

Homeless Man: Michael Poisson

Sam: Joshua J. Schwartz

Security Guards: Sean Maximo Campos, Justin Tyler Lewis

Macy’s Saleswoman: Caroline Lambert

Macy’s Customers: Brandy Drzymkowski, Hope Quinn

Macy’s Manager: Justin Tyler Lewis

Macy’s Elves: Rusty Allen, Parker Byun, Sean Maximo Campos, Brandy Drzymkowski, Caroline Lambert, Joshua J. Schwartz, Hope Quinn

Macy’s Santa: Sean Maximo Campos

Mother: Caroline Lambert

Kid shoppers: *Lucy Piper, *Connor Gray, *Gracie Bostic, *Milly Rainero, *Kyle McCroskey, *Carly Rutherford

Fashionista: Mary Lucy Bivins

Policewomen: Brandy Drzymkowski, Hope Quinn,

Jim: Parker Byun

Chadwick: Rusty Allen

Matthews: Brandy Drzymkowski

Ice Skaters: Caroline Lambert, Sean Maximo Campos, Hope Quinn, Parker Byun, *Kyle McCroskey, *Lucy Piper, *Connor Gray, *Milly Rainero

Fake Santas: Sean Maximo Campos, Brandy Drzymkowski, Rusty Allen, Parker Byun, Joshua J. Schwartz, Caroline Lambert

Waitress: Mary Lucy Bivins

Charlotte, a Newswoman: Hope Quinn

Man in Central Park: Justin Tyler Lewis

Woman in Central Park: Mary Lucy Bivins

Central Park Crowd: Sean Maximo Campos, Brandy Drzymkowski, Rusty Allen, Parker Byun, Joshua J. Schwartz, *Lucy Piper, *Connor Gray, *Gracie Bostic, *Milly Rainero,*Kyle McCroskey, *Carly Rutherford

COLLABORATORS:

Director Susanne Boulle

Choreographer Ashley Campos

Music Director Lee Harris

Stage Manager Sara Douglas

Set Designer Hana Lee

Costume Designer Lee Alexander Martin

Wig & Makeup Designer Whitney Kaibel

Lighting Designer Andrew Morehouse

Sound Designer Tony Angelini

Assoc. Music Director & Keyboards Dishon Smith

Percussion Jerry Greene

Assistant Stage Manager Victoria L. Sutton

Dance Captain Ashley Campos

Assistant Dance Captain Caroline Lambert

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