NEW CASTLE — The New Castle Playhouse closes its season with "Elf the Musical."
Director Amee Boughter said that when she directed "Elf Jr." in 2018, it was her goal to direct the full stage musical with an orchestra. With a cast of 25 and a full orchestra under the direction of Tom Schaffner, Boughter has reached her goal.
"It has just come together. It is a Christmas show with comedy and a little bit of everything," she said.
Based on the 2003 film, "Elf" is heartfelt and hilarious.
It's the story of Buddy Hobbs, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole.
After discovering the baby, Santa and his elves raise Buddy as an elf. Years later, Buddy realizes he's not an elf because of his size and his inability to make toys. Since he is really a human, Santa encourages Buddy to go to New York City and find his father, Walter Hobbs.
When Buddy finds Walter on the naughty list and his son, Michael, doesn't believe in Santa, he sets out on a mission to win them over and spread Christmas cheer.
"Everyone just fit into their roles. Brent Rodgers is Buddy, and he was meant to play this role. He is hilarious and fantastic," Boughter said.
When Rodgers was asked about his role as Buddy, Rodgers said: "We all have the potential to be the person that influences someone through our actions and words. We have the ability to be the positive change that makes this world a better place."
While Buddy is on a mission to understand more about himself, he brings out the best in people. By spreading cheer he opens their hearts to become more understanding and compassionate towards others.
This modern-day holiday classic is all about the true meaning of Christmas. It's perfect for the whole family and for anyone who just wants to embrace their inner elf.
"Our first priority is to keep everyone safe and well. The theater is cleaned every night and there are rules for the audience," Boughter said.
All audience members must present proof of full vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test, within 72 hours of the performance, and children under the age of 12 must show a negative COVID-19 test.
Masks will be required of all guests when bodies are in motion, in shared areas of the theatre, lobby, aisle, restrooms, etc.
Masks will be optional for fully vaccinated patrons only when seated; masks are required at all times for those who are not fully vaccinated.
The play will be at the New Castle Playhouse at 202 E. Long Ave. The showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Dec. 16, 17, 18, and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 19.
Admission is $16 each for adults, $13 for seniors and full-time students, and $11 for children 12 and under.
For reservations, call (724) 654-3437 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For further information, call the above-listed number, visit newcastleplayhouse.org, or email email@example.com.
This article originally appeared on Ellwood City Ledger: New Castle Playhouse to present "Elf the Musical"