Chloe Van Hesteren and Robby Beaulac
This year Parkland Middle School is back at it again with another fun and entertaining theatrical production. They will be performing a festive musical that’s sure to leave you in the Christmas spirit.
You are invited to come and enjoy a production of “Elf Jr. the Musical.” This play is based on the hit Christmas movie “Elf.” This version of the show was written by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martins with music by Matthew Skylar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Parkland’s production is being directed by Frank Hackett and choreographed by Lisa Aasebo.
“Elf Jr. The Musical” introduces you to Buddy, played by Tanner Wasylowich. During the last few months, Tanner has been trying super hard to identify with his character and really get into the spirit of Buddy. Some frustration that Tanner has had is keeping up with the energy he needs to play this part. Tanner mentioned that this play has been a struggle and an emotional journey for him. However, he has grown into his role and is stoked to perform next week for a live audience. For that matter, the entire cast is bursting with anticipation regarding the upcoming show.
While the cast is in the process of striving to put in 100% effort at rehearsals, there are still some trials and tribulations that need to be addressed. There have been many ups and downs during this time. Strong bonds have been created between all the actors and they have been there for each other through laughter and frustrations. Remembering lines and choreography in order to keep the flow of a practice moving along hasn’t always been easy. The cast and crew consists of about 40 students, all rearranging their schedules to meet the needs of long and intense rehearsals. In the end, they are all excited about how things have come together and can’t wait to get out onto the stage. As Chloe Van Hesteren (who plays Jovie) says, “Any time spent in the drama room is time well spent!”
“Elf Jr. the Musical” runs at the Key City Theatre on Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 pm, and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 pm. Tickets are available at Key City Theatre, on line at www.keycitytheatre.com, or by calling 250-426-7006. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for students and seniors.
Come out, sing along, and join in the fun! As Buddy the Elf says, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”