Friday, November 30, 2018

Elf: The Musical @RoseTheaterCo #review #omaha

Last night we had a super fun time. We got to go see Elf: The Musical at The Rose Theater

The set design was really cool! Everything was coated in glitter and the images changed throughout the show. Note how the kids didn't sit with us. They just wanted to be close to the stage.

About Elf: The Musical:

If you're familiar to the movie, the musical has the same flavor. Different things happen, which made it more fun to watch. We didn't feel like we were watching something we already have watched. It was great because it had some adult and child humor. Isaak leaned into me at the 1/2 way point and said, "What's PETA?" They made a joke about Santa not having reindeer because of PETA making a big deal about them. Most of the jokes were at his level though.  

Buddy the Elf has always been a little different. Even among his professionally festive Christmas coworkers Buddy really stands...TALL! But when Buddy learns from Santa that he’s a human, the enormous former elf embarks on a quest to the sparkling city of New York during the holidays to find his father. His unusually upbeat, childlike cheer has a powerful effect on everyone he encounters—with sometimes disastrous results! But will Buddy be able to charm his stressed-out dad who long ago lost his seasonal spirit and wants nothing to do with a son he didn’t know he had? This fun-filled musical adaptation of the favorite holiday film that became an instant classic is a stuffed stocking full of song and dance that your family will most definitely want on your Christmas Wish List!


It runs from November 40 to December 23. Check Rose Theater's website because some shows are already sold out. This is a popular one!


It's for all ages, but if kids get restless there is a wiggle room that parents can take them.


It's 2 hours long. They do have an intermission. During the intermission they sell cookies and drinks.


Members are $20 main seating and $15 for balcony.

Non Members are $27 main seating and $22 for balcony.

Purchase tickets on their website or by calling 402.345.4849.

The Characters:

They were fun! There wasn't an actor that did a bad job.

Buddy – Dan Chevalier
Jovie – Regina Palmer
Walter Hobbs – Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek
Emily Hobbs – Melissa King
Michael Hobbs – Josiah Hydeen
Santa Claus – Zach Kloppenborg
Greenway/Store Elf – Sarah Gibson**
Deb – Mary Carrick
Manager – Shannon Duke
Sam/Mrs. Claus – Sue Gillespie Booton**
Sara/Store Elf/Waitress – Kendra Ball
Chadwick/Store Elf – Lauren Krupski
Matthews/Store Elf/Fake Santa – Christopher Violett
Jim/Store Elf/Fake Santa – Fran X. Adrianto**
Businessman/Ensemble/Store Elf/Fake Santa – Garrett Griffin**
Charlotte/Elf/Intern/Store Elf – Francesca Kerkhofs*
Office Intern/Elf/Store Elf – Audrey Persaud*
Office Intern/Elf/Store Elf/Fake Santa – Raymond Butler
Police/Fake Santa – Noah Fowler
Elf/Police/Fake Santa – Matt Kielian
Store Elf/Fake Santa – Nate Kielian
Elf 1/NY Sports Fan Kid/Christmas Kid – Colin McMahon*
Charlie/Christmas Kid – Carson Bishop*
Shawanda/Elf/Christmas Kid – Martina Perversi*
Elf 2/Store Elf – Camryn Jordan*
Elf 3/Store Elf – Emma Wambsgans*
Featured Rockefeller Ice Skater/Customer – Rachel M. Radloff*
Featured Rockefeller Ice Skater/Elf/Christmas Kid – Sky Radloff*

Artistic and Production Credits:

Director – Matt Gutschick
Assistant Director/Ed. Rep – Dana Pittman
Music Director – Jerry Brabec
Choreographer – Sue Gillespie Booton
Scenic Designer – Adam Rowe
Lighting & Sound Designer – Craig S. Moxon
Projection Designer – Brittany Merenda
Costume Designer – Sherri Geerdes
Hair & Makeup Designer – Erin Bragg
Production Stage Manager – Lisa Krabbenhoft
Director of Production – Erin M. Solemsaas
Technical Director – Greg Rishoi
Props Mistress – Devon Denn-Young
Scenic Charge Artist – Savannah Savick
Master Carpenter – Jackson Curtright
Assistant Stage Manager/Apprentice – Kali Coates
Followspot Operator/Apprentice – Elton Wayne Bradley
Scenic Apprentice – Austin Watson
Sound Engineer/Apprentice – Christy Hernandez
Assistant Stage Manager – Dacota Schwarte
Followspot Operator –
Fly Rail Operator – Zach Ackerman
Run Crew – Jesse Groff
Qlab Operator – John Horton
Stitchers – Sherri Geerdes, Erin Bragg, Audio Helkiuk, Jill Maenner

Live Orchestra:

My kids and I love to check out the live Orchestra display before the show begins. It's so cool!

Jerry Brabec – Conductor
Curtis Pelster – Trumpet I
Marcus Nunez – Trumpet II
Paul Niebalski – Trombone I
Noel Johnson – Trombone II
Chris Acker – Trombone Swing
Scott Vicroy – Reed I
Andrea Smith – Reed II
Stanton Harper – Reed III
Samantha Perkins – Violin I
Heidi Copeland – Violin II
Christina Allred – Cello
Jennifer Novak Haar – Keyboard I
Amy Nunamaker – Keyboard II
Jerry Brabec – Keyboard III
Tom Miller – Bass
Jeff Kolega – Drums
Michael Pollock – Percussion

Go See it:

It really got us in the holiday spirit. I'm sure it will you too!


Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Kid Cuisine, Hy-Vee, Omaha Steaks, World Port Seafood, Nebraska Arts Council, and Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Disclaimer: I'm writing this in connection to The Rose Theater. I was given tickets from The Rose Theater. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Theresa Mahoney said...

The glittery sets are so pretty! I'm glad you enjoyed the show. It's one of my favorite Christmas movies so I know I would probably love the live play too. I don't think it's ever been in our area though.

mail4rosey said...

I have never had an interest in seeing the movie but it sounds so cute. I am going to watch it. Lucky that you got to see it live!

Veronica Lee said...

How cool that you got to see it live.

Have a great weekend, A!

Terra Heck said...

How fun! I'm going with my oldest step-daughter to watch ELF: The Musical at our local theater on Wednesday. Looking forward to seeing it.

~ Noelle said...

How fun!
They do so much at that theater!!!!
One of the DR's at where I work (got a new job) dressed as Buddy the Elf for the Christmas party! ha ha ha!


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