Cal U theatre to present ‘Elf the Musical’ Nov. 18-21


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Santa Claus, played by Toby Maykuth of Masontown, describes New York City to Buddy the Elf, played by senior theater major Dan Nuttall of Brownsville.

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The theater 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 Visit the site after the live performances for streaming options.

Guests who attend the show in person will be required to wear masks indoors.

“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 director and theater professor Michele Pagen.

Traditionally, Cal U partners with the community to stage its holiday show.

The plot of “Elf the Musical” 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 the Elf; 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.