'Elf' Performances Set

Nov 05, 2021

The theatre program at Cal U will present the holiday classic Nov. 18-21.

  • - Buddy (Daniel Nuttall); Walter Hobbs (Shane Callahan); Emily Hobbs (Lauren Butler); and Michael Hobbs (Ian Grodz).

  • - Santa Claus (Toby Maykuth) describes New York City to Buddy the Elf (Daniel Nuttall).

The theatre program at California University of Pennsylvania will present the holiday classic Elf The Musical.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Nov. 18-20 and 2 p.m. Nov. 20-21 in Steele Hall. Tickets are available online at https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/57097. Visit the site after the live performances for streaming options.

Masks will be required indoors at the live performances.

“It’s going to be a smaller cast this year due to COVID safety measures, but it’s still going to be the community and students united to do this,” said Dr. Michele Pagen, Elf director and theatre professor.

The plot of Elf revolves around Buddy, a young orphan, who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity.

Daniel Nuttall, a senior from Brownsville, Pa., plays Buddy; Shane Callahan, a senior from Pittsburgh, plays his dad, Walter Hobbs; Lauren Butler, a senior from Clearfield, Pa., plays Emily Hobbs; Amanda Peters, of Donora, Pa., plays Jovie; Toby Maykuth, of Masontown, Pa., plays Santa; and Ian Grodz, a fifth-grader from California Elementary, plays Michael Hobbs.