by Clarissa Michael
If you’ve seen the movie “Elf” from 2003 which stars Will Ferrell, then you know the popular storyline: A man-child who was raised at the North Pole by Santa Claus heads to New York City in search of his real father. It’s both sweet and funny, as “Buddy” forms relationships and reminds modern-day humans the aspects of life that are most important.
Though a modern movie, it became an American “classic” in no time. And now, residents both in and outside of the Santa Clarita Valley are reminded of the ties that bind, as well as the need for maple syrup to go with your spaghetti.
“Elf” the movie became “Elf: The Musical” in 2010 after the book was adapted by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan. The musical ran on Broadway in the Christmas seasons of 2010-11 and 2012–13, and also toured the U.S. in 2012, according to media reports.
Talented locals have taken to the stage at the Canyon Theatre Guild where you can see the show through December 23rd. It’s extremely family-friendly, just like the movie. Differences include the fact that there’s music, of course, and some of the details have changed. Santa keeps his “naughty vs. nice” list on an iPad, for instance.
The show was fun and the audience LOVED it. One standout scene was the point in the story when Buddy showed up to his father’s workplace for the first time (in full elf garb) and his dad’s assistant laughed as she surmised he was a singing telegram.
Griffin Siroky was “Buddy the Elf.” He was great at carrying his role consistently throughout the show and was a talented singer. Ally Loprete was Buddy’s stepmother, “Emily Hobbs,” and she was a dual threat as an actor and singer. Anna Rast as “Deb” was my favorite character, because she was both funny and theatrical, bringing a lot of energy to her role.
If your family traditions already embrace the best of the 20th century such as “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “Miracle on 34th Street,” then it may be time for something new. Directors Barry Agin and TimBen Boydston pulled together a cast – plus an understudy cast – with good comedic timing to bring out the clever script, which has a mix of light comedy and meaningful seriousness.
Like Buddy says, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” That describes what they’re doing at Canyon Theatre Guild.
It’s not the kind of show that sends three spirits to take you through the past, present and future … but it’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
Canyon Theatre is located at 24242 Main Street in Newhall. For tickets, call 661-799-2702.