Elf The Musical

November 30-Dec. 16, 2018

Sponsored by Kosciusko County Community Foundation & Sands Office Equipment
Dates & Times

  • November 30 2018 - 7:00pm
  • December 1, 2018 - 7:00pm
  • December 2, 2018 - 2:00pm
  • December 7, 2018 - 7:00pm
  • December 8, 2018 - 7:00pm
  • December 9, 2018 - 2:00pm
  • December 14, 2018 - 7:00pm
  • December 15, 2018 - 7:00pm
  • December 16, 2018 - 2:00pm

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Wagon Wheel Theatre

Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf features songs by Tony Award nominees, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (Disney’s Aladdin on BroadwayThe Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners,Thomas Meehan (AnnieThe ProducersHairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).

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.

ALL INDIVIDUAL TICKET SALES: No refunds or exchanges. In the event of a cancellation for which there is no rescheduled date, a refund for this ticket may be issued at the option of the management. ALL GROUP SALES: Payment or Cancellation must be made 30 days prior to event date.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE SEATING:  If you are in need of wheelchair accessible seating, please contact the ticket office at 574-267-8041

Meet the Cast

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Stephen Wallem

Buddy

Bio

Stephen Wallem is a SAG Award-nominated actor best known as Thor Lundgren for seven seasons on the Emmy-winning Showtime series “Nurse Jackie”. He returns to his native Midwest after starring as Max Bialystock in The Producers at Farmers Alley Theatre with Wagon Wheel favorite Tony Humrichouser. Other TV appearances include “Horace and Pete”, Hulu’s “Difficult People” and HBO’s “Divorce.” East Coast Stage: Pipe Dream (Encores!) Craig Carnelia’s world premiere Poster Boy (Williamstown Theater Festival) The Nerd (George Street Playhouse) and teaming with Edie Falco for a sold-out run of the original cabaret The Other Steve and Edie at the Laurie Beechman Theater. He will reunite with Edie this coming Valentine’s Day for a performance of Love Letters to benefit the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre. The Muny in St.Louis: Shrek the Musical (Shrek), Seussical (Horton) and The Wizard of Oz (Cowardly Lion). National tours: Forever Plaid (Sparky) Into the Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince), and Scrooge starring Richard Chamberlain. He portrayed Judas/Padre in Court Theatre’s acclaimed production of Man of La Mancha (Joseph Jefferson Award, After Dark Award) and reprised his performance at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven. He became a staple at the Ravinia Festival, appearing with Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald and Michael Cerveris in A Little Night Music, Passion, and Sunday in the Park with George, all directed by Lonny Price. Stephen accrued 2500 performances as both Jinx and Sparky in various companies of Forever Plaid including Chicago (Royal George Cabaret), Las Vegas, (Flamingo Hilton and Gold Coast Hotel), Denver Center for Performing Arts, Drury Lane Oakbrook, and the first national tour.  Stephen is a member of the Actors Equity Association.

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Gerald Cox

Santa

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Gerald Cox has been performing on the Wagon Wheel stage with the Center Street Community Theatre for the past five years most recently appearing as Officer O’Hara in Arsenic and Old Lace. Previous roles include Grandpa in You Can’t Take It With You, Lendall in Almost Maine, Charlie Baker in The Foreigner, Frank in Over The River and Through The Woods, and Mr. Paravacini in The Mousetrap as well as multiple roles in the Wagon Wheel production of Newsies. He minored in theatre at Ball State University with a major in radio and tv production. He directed the Center Street Production of M*A*S*H, and with his wife, Beth Anne, will be directing the Spring production of Our Town. He’s thrilled to be donning the red suit for this magical production. #sparklejollytwinklejingley!

Jennifer Dow
Jennifer Dow

Deb/Ensemble

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This year marks Jennifer Dow’s 20th year at the Wagon Wheel as a performer, her 10th year as the wig designer, and her 6th year as a year-round resident and wearer of many hats including working on the popular WWJunior program. After receiving her BFA in Music Theatre from Millikin University, Jennifer’s favorite place to work quickly became the Wagon Wheel Theatre. Her most memorable roles on the WW stage are: Always, Patsy Cline (Louise), Marvelous
Wonderettes (Suzy), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), Seussical(Gertrude), South Pacific (Nellie), A Midsummers Nights Dream(Puck), and Addams Family (Grandma). Other regional credits include: Cats (Rumpleteaser) at the Marriott Lincolnshire, Grand Hotel at Drury Lane Water Tower, Jekyll & Hyde(Emma) at Pheasant Run, and performing as a singer with the Rockettes for 3 seasons in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She wants to send much love and thanks to the Warsaw community for welcoming her and her husband, Scott.

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Nate Friedberg

Michael Hobbs/Elf

Bio

Coming Soon

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Korey Harlow

Ensemble

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Korey is so excited to be returning to Wagon Wheel for another Christmas! He studied Music, Theatre, and Dance at Wright State University and Bowling Green State University before moving to NYC. Past credits include La Cage Aux Folles (Phaedra), The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric), Aladdin (Aladdin), Mamma Mia (Sky), and 42nd Street (Andy Lee).

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Kira Lace Hawkins

Emily Hobbs

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Kira Lace Hawkins is so thankful to be back on the Wagon Wheel stage! Favorite credits at the Wheel include The Bridges of Madison County (Francesca), Next to Normal (Diana), Into the Woods (Witch), Hello, Dolly! (Dolly Levi), Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins) and Legally Blonde (Paulette). Favorite regional credits include Cabaret (Sally Bowles) with Theater Latté Da and The Threepenny Opera (Lucy Brown) with Frank Theatre, both in Minneapolis. She studied music and theater at St. Olaf College and holds an MFA in Acting from Penn State University. Kira is Director and Lecturer of Theater at Manchester University, and she teaches acting classes and directs with Wagon Wheel JR. Thanks to her MN family, her IN family, husband Zachary, and daughter Nila.

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Ellen Jenders

Jovie

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Ellen is thrilled to be returning to the Wagon Wheel Stage for another holiday season! You may have seen her as Maureen (RENT), Morticia (The Addams Family), Miss Shields (A Christmas Story), or Gabrielle (Cinderella), among others. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she holds a BFA in Music Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University. She is currently living in New York City, where she recently appeared in the Top 10 of “So You Think You Can Belt”, hosted by The West End Lounge.  More of her recent performances can be found on her Youtube channel. Special thanks to Mom, Dad, and Mike for their endless love and support! Scott and Jen, thank you for once again welcoming me back- I will always have a special place in my heart for my Wagon Wheel Family! JP, thank you for giving me more reasons to smile every day.

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Emily Morgan Kramm

Ensemble

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Emily Morgan Kramm is very excited to be in Warsaw, Indiana for her first production with Wagon Wheel. Some of her past credits include WEST SIDE STORY (Anybodys), GUYS AND DOLLS (Sarah Brown), THE MUSIC MAN (Zaneeta Schinn), THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Mabel), former senior company member with the Eastern CT Ballet. Emily is a recent graduate of Florida State University’s Music Theatre Program where she received her Bachelor of Music degree in music theatre. She would like to thank Mom, Dad, and Lilly for all their love and support in her pursuit of theatre. She would also like to thank Scott Michaels and everyone at Wagon Wheel for giving her this wonderful opportunity to be part of such a beautiful production.

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Katelyn Langwith

Ensemble

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Katelyn hails from South Bend, IN and graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Musical Theatre Performance. She has performed regionally in Gypsy (Dainty June), Sister Act (Sister Mary Robert), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie) to name a few of her favorites. She now calls New York City home but is thrilled to be back home in Indiana for the holidays for a second time performing with Wagon Wheel – what a Christmas present!

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Dale Melancon

Ensemble

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Dale is absolutely jolly to be making his Wagon Wheel debut in Elf: The Musical! Dale is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a 2017 graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Some of Dale’s favorite roles include Jo-Jo in Newsies!Calvin Armstrong in TEXAS! A Musical Dramaand Edwin in Trial By JuryMost recently, Dale has been performing around the world as a vocalist onboard Celebrity Cruise Lines. Dale is so thrilled to be back in the beautiful state of Indiana sharing this heartwarming story with everyone! Merry Christmas!

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Michael Pacholski

Ensemble

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Michael is excited to be returning to Wagon Wheel!  He was seen in the 2017 Summer Season in roles such as the Steward in Into the Woods and as Ziggy in Young Frankenstein.  He was also seen in our 63rd season this past summer!  He recently earned his BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University. He would like to thank his family and friends for their constant support.

Kaity Paschetto
Kaity Paschetto

Ensemble

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Kaity is thrilled to be “singing loud for all to hear” at Wagon Wheel! Her favorite credits include SHREK (Princess Fiona), LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (Margaret), and CRAZY FOR YOU. Having participated in several NYC workshops, she originated the role of Dee in the premier of 2076 at Columbia University. Kaity has a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan. She would like to thank her family, friends, boyfriend, and dog for their love and support. Go Blue!

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Kennith Patterson

Manager/Ensemble

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Kennith Patterson is thrilled to be back on stage in Indiana where he started his career. Recent shows include Memphis, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Catch Me If You Can, The Wiz, and Anything Goes! As well as a variety of venues across in the US and Europe.  He would like to thank his family and friends for their continued support.

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Ben Prayz

Walter Hobbs

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Ben is making his Wagon Wheel debut! Numerous regional productions, including: Singin in the Rain (Engeman, NY); Brigadoon, Singin in the Rain, Crazy for You (Wick Theatre, FL); Saturday Night Fever, Old Jews Telling Jokes, Cabaret, Minnie’s Boys, The Bar Mitzvah and Beyond, (Broward Stage Door, FL); Tommy, The Normal Heart (Outre Theatre, FL); Tsunami, written/directed by Pulitzer playwright Nilo Cruz (Miami, FL); Happy Days, the musical (Roxy Regional), Red (Best Actor Nom, as Rothko, NJ Perrys), Mr. Hirsch Died Yesterday (Castillo Theatre, Woodie King Jr., dir.) and Ferguson (Urban Stages, Jerry Dixon, dir.).  Many IMDB credits, industrials, commercials, etc.  More info at www.benprayz.com. Happy holidays!

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Benjamin Sears

Ensemble

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Benjamin is thrilled to be making his Wagon Wheel Debut! He is a graduate of Western Carolina University and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Dance.  Favorite roles include: Forestburgh Playhouse: Newsies! (Race), Kiss Me Kate (Bill Calhoun), Crazy for You (Sam) Mill Mountain Theatre: West Side Story (Snowboy, Action u/s) WCU: Company (Bobby), Angels in America (Louis), Resident Alien (Sasha), POP! Who Shot Andy Warhol? (Ondine), Men with Money (Louis). Love to Dad, Brian, May, Kate, Emily, and Abigail.

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Ryan Skerchak

Ensemble

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Ryan is pumped to be spending a second holiday season at the Wagon Wheel (Thanks Scott and Jen!) after appearing in last year’s production of Miracle on 34th Street! Regional credits: OKLAHOMA! (Curly McLain), SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Don Lockwood), HELLO, DOLLY! (Cornelius Hackl), and SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (Benjamin Pontipee). Proud Alum of Muhlenberg College class of 2016, Accademia Dell’Arte Arezzo, Italy class of 2014. Grateful for Mom, Dad, and Jill and the endless support you give. Thankful to God for allowing me to try, fail, try again, and, every once and a while, succeed.”

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Michael Yocum

Greenway/Ensemble

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Michael Yocum is thrilled to return to the Wagon Wheel stage where he first appeared in 1983 (yes, he’s old enough to be the dad of almost everyone in the cast). He has played old men, old women and every other random character you can imagine.  Some of his favorite roles include the Major General and the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, the coach in Damn Yankees, Mr. Macy in Miracle on 34th Street and Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray especially because his good friend Bob Miller played Edna.  Mike, his wife and daughter live in Winona Lake where he is a professor of Communications and the director of the theatre program at Grace College.  Mike looks forward to working with Scott, Tom and rest of the great Wagon Wheel cast and crew for another great holiday show!

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Tricia Zuskind

Ensemble

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Tricia is thrilled to be heading to Christmastown! Tricia is a Canadian native, currently residing in New York City. BFA in Music Dance Theatre from BYU. Some recent credits include: Barnum (Skyline Theatre Company), Disney Cruise Line, and the Wizard of Oz National Tour. Thanks to the whole Elf team, her wonderful family, and her husband Mitch.

Brooklynn Conley

Elf/Ensemble

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Cordelia Grandon
Cordelia Grandon

Elf/Ensemble

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Sydney Heckaman

Elf/Ensemble

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Sam McIntyre

Elf/Ensemble

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Tanner Miller

Elf/Ensemble

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Olliver Pettit
Olliver Pettit

Elf/Ensemble

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Parker Ralstin

Elf/Ensemble

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Lincoln Rosswurm

Elf/Ensemble

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Haley Schrock

Elf/Ensemble

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