RANDOLPH, NJ- The Brundage Park Playhouse in Randolph put on a wonderful rendition of Elf the Musical Jr. for it’s annual winter show this weekend.
The play, written by David Berenbaum and based off of the novel written by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, tells the story of Buddy, played by RMS student Blake Torster, a fun-loving elf who grew up in the North Pole and tries to make it big in New York City, showing his father what Christmas is all about, and finding true love.
“I made so many friends from the beginning,” Torster said when asked what being in the cast meant to him. “When I first joined, I was nervous, because this is my first musical. But I made friends with everyone and it was a great experience.”
Friendship and love are two main themes of the play, and the cast embodied these ideas throughout their time together. Since the cast was made up of kids aging from elementary to high school, they proved that the Christmas spirit can bring any group together.
“I really enjoyed doing the show because it was my first show [at the Brundage Park Playhouse], and I made a lot of friends,” said Kaitlyn DiCataldo, an RMS student who played the role of “Emma” in the musical. “Being in the show taught me more about theater and it was overall really fun to be a part of.”
The whole cast was truly a sight to see and the theater was filled with joy. “Whether it’s on stage or off, there has never been a dull moment,” said Lauren Fabio, who played “Jovie”.
Under the guidance of Director Larry Turner, Assistant Director Mark Carovale, Musical Director Nola Young, and Choreographer Stephanie Bianchini, this fun-filled show came together quickly. Carly Elermeyer, who played “Deb” said, “It was a really fun show to do, I met a lot of great people, and we all put in a lot of hard work for a good production.”
“The cast and audiences are always excited for this show, and to get into the Christmas spirit!” Fabio said. Between the amazing set design, impressive costumes, and extremely talented cast, the audience left with smiles on their faces.
Editor's Note: Grace Bua is a student at RHS participating in a journalism program.