Theatre Department presents "Elf - The Broadway Musical"

NOVEMBER 6, 2019

Once in the city, he finds his workaholic father, Walter Hobbs (Don Grant Zellmer, La Salle), a stepmother, Emily (Natalie Verucchi, Oglesby), and even a little brother, Michael (Tyler Kofoid, Oglesby).

He also finds love in the form of a department store elf, Jovie (Ashley Hurst, Peru), a friend in his father’s assistant, Deb (Megan Cullinan,  Peru), and turns the store manager (Melanie Maskel, La Salle) from a Scrooge to a true holiday fanatic.

“Elf – The Broadway Musical” will play evenings at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21, 22, 23, 29 and 30 and matinees at 2 p.m. Nov. 24, 30, and Dec. 1 in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre.

Reserved seating is available online at and tickets are available at the door one hour prior to performance. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. 

Zellmer, director/choreographer of musical theatre, “We’re absolutely thrilled to have this powerful cast assembled of community members, students, and alumni. We’ve added some very experienced talent to our family of performers and have welcomed back many familiar faces from “Mamma Mia!’”

He added, “This high-spirited, funny and warm show is perfect for the beginning of the holiday season, is appropriate for all ages, and is a great show for theatre-lovers, too, with its bouncy music, dance, tap, ballads, and message.”

Adults appearing in “Elf – The Broadway Musical” as multiple characters and dancers are: Jake Jakielski of Marseilles, Patrick Foley of Mendota, Tracey Childers, Ottawa, Andrew  Farrell, Earlville, Ryan Mooberry, Hennepin, Bob Philip, LaSalle,  Emma Roden, Princeton, Lexi-Anna Verda, Peru, Joshua Wooden, Princeton,  Abbi Stillwell, Streator, Ella Johns, La Salle, and Nora Maier, Peru.

Children in the cast include: Eva Beetz, Victoria Campbell, Myracle Johnson, Andie Kerestes, Ayden Lesman and Ariana Lesman.

The musical comedy is directed and choreographed by Zellmer, and produced and costumed by Dr. David A. Kuester. Production staff includes Assistant Director Chad Brokaw, Princeton, Stage Manager Alyce Scott, La Salle, and set builder and lead construction, Cory Tomasson, Oglesby and costume construction Kaye Norlin, La Salle.