Elf – Musical – Edmonds Driftwood Players

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Elf the Musical at Edmonds Driftwood Players sold out! Energetic talented Buddy actor. Pleasantly surprised there was a tap dance number at the end! Family-friendly #musical based on the movie. #theatre #Christmas #Xmas #Santa #elf #holiday #nyc

Synopsis from the Theatre: A title known the world over, Elf The Musical is a must-see holiday musical, based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported 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 cause 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 New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

Reviewed Performance Date: 11/19/22 Evening

Type: Musical

World Premiere: No

Live Band/Orchestra: 4 live musicians and a 5th musician running a program that fills in the rest of the orchestration parts.

Recommendation: See it if you’d like to take your kids to a musical this holiday season. Good luck getting tickets though. It’s all sold out online! Try the wait list.

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now?: Yes if it was an Equity production. I actually already saw the professional tour at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle.

Equity Actors: None

Length: 2.5 hours

Intermission?: Yes

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned in Elevator Thoughts

  • Favorite Line: “asparagus children … [are] self-conscious about the way their pee smell.”


  • Flow: Some of the acting flow was a little awkward and stilted. This production needs more time to cure. However, I attended the opening weekend and this problem will certainly improve as they continue to perform this show.
  • Sound Balancing: The band and microphones should be louder. It also sounded like some actors weren’t mic’ed. If all actors can’t be mic’ed, a part of me thinks none of them should be mic’ed for better vocal blending.
  • Scene Transitions: It was often distracting when scenes changed because the set needed to be switched out or props needed to be placed. I’m not sure how other community productions manage to avoid this distraction. That being said, I thought it was ingenious that the waitress bussed the restaurant tables in the background while the Santas performed their number.

Other Thought(s)

  • Tap Dance: I’m always so thrilled when musicals have a tap dance number. I thought it was really weird though that it was at the end of the show. I don’t remember this weird placement in the professional tour production … but I could be wrong.
  • NYC References: The many references to life in New York City made me want to move there more!

Theatre Company : Edmonds Driftwood Players

Venue: Edmonds Driftwood Players

Venue Physical Address: 950 Main St, Edmonds, WA 98020

Price: Cheap

Dates: November 18 – December 18, 2022

Seating: Assigned Seating

Parking: Free street parking or free adjacent parking lot. The parking lot is usually full if you don’t arrive early. But street parking is plentiful and easy to find.

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Cast and Production Team: See under the multimedia below.

Other Video +/- Pictures: Pictures in video and under video by Dale Sutton from Magic Photo

@showsiveseen#Elf The #Musical” sold out at Edmonds Driftwood Players! Energetic talented Buddy actor @thatjordanking. Pleasantly surprised there was a tap dance number at the end! Waitlist is available for this family-friendly #musical based on the movie. Review + Photo Credit: showsiveseen.com/2123 #theatre #Christmas #Xmas #Santa #holiday #nyc ♬ The Story of Buddy The Elf – Fred Armisenm & Ed Asner & Rachel Bloom & Max Charles & Larry Dorf & Kevin Shinick & Jim Parsonsm & Rachael MacFarlane & Mark Hamill & Gilbert Gottfriedm & Steve Higgins & Rachel Ramras & Kate Micucci
BookThomas Meehan
Bob Martin
ComposerMatthew Skylar
LyricsChad Beguelin
DirectorCraig Schieber
Stage ManagerSean Morrone
Katie Soulé
Brian Fletcher
Music DirectorsMark & Nancy Press
Vocal DirectorChristopher Puckett
Elizabeth Posluns
Laura Mcfarlane
Lead Costume DesignerMelina Boivin
Costume DesignersFaye Matthingley
Jenna Mcelroy
Sound EngineerJeff Vaughan
Lighting DesignerRichard Beckerman
Set DesignerTom Williams
Sound DesignerBrian Fletcher
Properties DesignerNancy Johnson
Assistant Properties DesignRex Goulding
Assistant Stage ManagerBethany Arneson
BuddyJordan King
Jovie Sydney Penticuff
Walter HobbsBen Fitch
Emily Hobbs Sydney Kaser
Michael Hobbs Calvin Stephens
SantaEric Hartley
Deb/EnsembleMiki Murray
Lillie Paries
Mr. Greenway/EnsembleIsaac Tian
Chadwick/EnsembleMeagan Castillo
Charlotte/EnsembleKeri Marie Hill
Matthews/EnsembleJonathan Olson
Perfume Lady/EnsembleErin Carter
Rose/Ensemble Olivia Markle
Co-Dance Captain
Chloe Miller
Charlie/Ensemble Jaret Miller
Fake Santa/Ensemble Eric Wu

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