Elf Jr. at the North Canton Playhouse

By Jara Anton

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” Buddy, everyone’s favorite displaced elf is BACK! This time, he is being re-imagined through song and dance by a junior cast at North Canton Playhouse!

This is the story of a young orphan who mistakenly crawled into Santa’s sack of toys! Santa realizes once he returns to the North Pole, where Buddy is raised as an elf. But the secret’s out when Buddy’s enormous size and lack of toy making abilities force him to know the truth…with Santa’s blessing, he sets off to New York City to find his real father. But don’t think this is old hat just because you saw the movie—the group is incredibly excited to bring the community a fresh new holiday option by performing songs you haven’t heard yet. The story has been re-imagined for the stage, complete with all the heartwarming feelings and infectious laughter. This all translates to a perfect night out with the family, offering children a chance to see peers performing and perhaps even fostering a top secret singing talent.

This is the story that director Lisa Paynter and a cast of 52 juniors, ranging in age from 7-17, have been toiling away on for close to six weeks. The group bringing you this production is a group of truly dedicated, vibrant and clever young people. Colin Williams plays Buddy the elf in this production, has found that the line between himself and his character has been delightfully vague, as he has “random song moments, where I burst out singing – just like Buddy!” He also has been enjoying the challenge of working very hard on two productions at one time, requiring him to memorize both at the same time. He’s also been writing his own musical with friend, definitely one to watch for in the future. Megan Schlabach snatched the role as Buddy’s love interest, says that she works hard on homework while having a bite before practice. Who says the younger generations aren’t as committed?

Elf the Musical, Jr at the North Canton Playhouse, has dates through December 20! Tickets available on Eventbrite. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/elf-the-musical-jr-tickets-19046043228