ELF THE MUSICAL Edmonds Driftwood Players November 17, 2022 Eclectic Arts Media

Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Directed by Craig Schieber

Edmonds Driftwood Players
Edmonds, WA

November 17, 2022 8pm Final Dress Rehearsal Performance

(Photo Credit:  Dale Sutton of Magic Photo)

The holidays are here and that means every theatre company is ready to debut their respective shows this season. Some are old favorites while others are lesser known works. The Edmonds Driftwood Players went the musical route with arguably the best known “recent” (twenty years or less) holiday film, “Elf”. What this means is that there is a built-in audience for this show and even on a dress rehearsal night, there were plenty of people inside the Wade James Theatre.

The story is pretty true to the film and that’s a good thing. Of course this is a musical so there’s plenty of singing (and dancing) to be had.

Jordan King as Buddy was absolutely stellar. He captured the essence of Buddy without being a Will Ferrell copycat. He was a triple threat as he could act, sing, and dance (his dance background was not a surprise upon reading the program after the show).

(Photo credit:  Dale Sutton of Magic Photo)

Sydney Penticuff as Jovie was equally as talented in her oh so important role as Buddy’s love interest. The two actors together were a sight to behold.

Another strong point of the show was the ensemble. The group numbers were fun and the vocals were noticeably strong. A few of the actors may have been stronger in the acting department but nothing that detracted from the group as a whole.

If you love the film, you’ll love the musical. If you’re in the holiday spirit, the musical will fill your heart with even more spirit.

If you don’t know anything about the film and your holiday spirit hasn’t kicked in just yet, after watching this show, you’ll leave humming a tune with a jolly holiday spring in your step.


Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts Media

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