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Elf: The Musical

Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin.
Music by Matthew Sklar. Lyrics by Chad Beguelin.

Based on the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum.
Originally produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures
In association with Unique Features
Elf The Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Buddy the Elf has always been a little different. Even among his professionally festive Christmas coworkers Buddy really stands...TALL! But when Buddy learns from Santa that he’s a human, the enormous former elf embarks on a quest to the sparkling city of New York during the holidays to find his father. His unusually upbeat, childlike cheer has a powerful effect on everyone he encounters—with sometimes disastrous results! But will Buddy be able to charm his stressed-out dad who long ago lost his seasonal spirit and wants nothing to do with a son he didn’t know he had? This fun-filled musical adaptation of the favorite holiday film that became an instant classic is a stuffed stocking full of song and dance that your family will most definitely want on your Christmas Wish List!

  • Run Dates Nov 30 - Dec 23, 2018
  • Appropriate Ages All Ages
  • Duration 2 hours + intermission

Show Program

Cast & Credits


  • Buddy – Dan Chevalier
  • Jovie – Regina Palmer
  • Walter Hobbs – Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek
  • Emily Hobbs – Melissa King
  • Michael Hobbs – Josiah Hydeen
  • Santa Claus – Zach Kloppenborg
  • Greenway/Store Elf – Sarah Gibson**
  • Deb – Mary Carrick
  • Manager – Shannon Duke
  • Sam/Mrs. Claus – Sue Gillespie Booton**
  • Sara/Store Elf/Waitress – Kendra Ball
  • Chadwick/Store Elf – Lauren Krupski
  • Matthews/Store Elf/Fake Santa – Christopher Violett
  • Jim/Store Elf/Fake Santa – Fran X. Adrianto**
  • Businessman/Ensemble/Store Elf/Fake Santa – Garrett Griffin**
  • Charlotte/Elf/Intern/Store Elf – Francesca Kerkhofs*
  • Office Intern/Elf/Store Elf – Audrey Persaud*
  • Office Intern/Elf/Store Elf/Fake Santa – Raymond Butler
  • Police/Fake Santa – Noah Fowler
  • Elf/Police/Fake Santa – Matt Kielian
  • Store Elf/Fake Santa – Nate Kielian
  • Elf 1/NY Sports Fan Kid/Christmas Kid – Colin McMahon*
  • Charlie/Christmas Kid – Carson Bishop*
  • Shawanda/Elf/Christmas Kid – Martina Perversi*
  • Elf 2/Store Elf – Camryn Jordan*
  • Elf 3/Store Elf – Emma Wambsgans*
  • Featured Rockefeller Ice Skater/Customer – Rachel M. Radloff*
  • Featured Rockefeller Ice Skater/Elf/Christmas Kid – Sky Radloff*


  • Director – Matt Gutschick
  • Assistant Director/Ed. Rep – Dana Pittman
  • Music Director – Jerry Brabec
  • Choreographer – Sue Gillespie Booton
  • Scenic Designer – Adam Rowe
  • Lighting & Sound Designer – Craig S. Moxon
  • Projection Designer – Brittany Merenda
  • Costume Designer – Sherri Geerdes
  • Hair & Makeup Designer – Erin Bragg
  • Production Stage Manager – Lisa Krabbenhoft
  • Director of Production – Erin M. Solemsaas
  • Technical Director – Greg Rishoi
  • Props Mistress – Devon Denn-Young
  • Scenic Charge Artist – Savannah Savick
  • Master Carpenter – Jackson Curtright
  • Assistant Stage Manager/Apprentice – Kali Coates
  • Followspot Operator/Apprentice – Elton Wayne Bradley
  • Scenic Apprentice – Austin Watson
  • Sound Engineer/Apprentice – Christy Hernandez
  • Assistant Stage Manager – Dacota Schwarte
  • Followspot Operator – 
  • Fly Rail Operator – Zach Ackerman
  • Run Crew – Jesse Groff
  • Qlab Operator – John Horton
  • Stitchers – Sherri Geerdes, Erin Bragg, Audio Helkiuk, Jill Maenner


  • Jerry Brabec – Conductor
  • Curtis Pelster – Trumpet I    
  • Marcus Nunez – Trumpet II            
  • Paul Niebalski – Trombone I
  • Noel Johnson – Trombone II
  • Chris Acker – Trombone Swing
  • Scott Vicroy – Reed I                       
  • Andrea Smith – Reed II                      
  • Stanton Harper – Reed III         
  • Samantha Perkins – Violin I          
  • Heidi Copeland – Violin II         
  • Christina Allred – Cello              
  • Jennifer Novak Haar – Keyboard I
  • Amy Nunamaker – Keyboard II
  • Jerry Brabec – Keyboard III
  • Tom Miller – Bass               
  • Jeff Kolega – Drums          
  • Michael Pollock – Percussion
Dan Chevalier

Dan Chevalier

Buddy -
Dan Chevalier is thrilled to be back at The Rose after previously appearing as White Rabbit in WONDERLAND: ALICE'S ROCK & ROLL ADVENTURE. Over the past decade, Dan has appeared on stage at many theatres in the Omaha area, including the Omaha Community Playhouse, Bellevue Little Theatre, Chanticleer Theatre, and Shelterbelt Theatre. Some favorite roles include Snail in A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAG, Bud in GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL!, and Alexander T. Wolf in THE TRUE STORY OF THE 3 LITTLE PIGS. Dan is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Regina Palmer

Regina Palmer

Jovie -
Regina Palmer is an Omaha based actress, model, teaching artist, and licensed massage therapist. She's had the amazing opportunity to perform on multiple stages in the Omaha, NE area including the Omaha Community Playhouse, the Blue Barn Theater, Nebraska Shakespeare, and The Rose Theater, as well as had the unique experience of performing In Traverse City, MI with the theater group Parallel 45. Some of her favorite roles include Ti Moune in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND with Snap! Productions, Quincy/Bart in MR. BURNS with Parallel 45 Theatre, and Dotty Moffett in CAROLINE OR CHANGE at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Regina is planning on relocating next Summer and looks forward to making art in her hometown until then.

Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek

Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek

Walter Hobbs -
Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek is thrilled to be on stage as Walter Hobbs in ELF THE MUSICAL at The Rose Theater. He has been an actor and director in the Omaha metro for more than 20 years. Anthony is a previous Theatre Arts Guild Award, Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award, Elaine Jabenis Award, Barbara Ford Award, and Mary Peckham Award-winning actor. He has the honor of being the Principal at Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School.

Melissa King

Melissa King

Emily Hobbs -
Melissa King is thrilled to be making her debut at The Rose Theater! She has been seen most recently as Mrs. Phagan in PARADE at the Omaha Community Playhouse, as well as many other productions in the Omaha theater community over the past few years. She is a wife, a mother to two beautiful girls, and an artist of all kinds. When not performing, she enjoys writing novels and designing and sewing clothing.

Josiah Hydeen

Josiah Hydeen

Michael Hobbs -
Josiah is thrilled for the opportunity to return The Rose this holiday season. After debuting as Claude Herdman in last year’s THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER, he is excited to be back on stage! Josiah lives in Gretna with his parents and two sisters. He attends the 6th grade at the Gretna Middle School. Besides acting, he enjoys hanging out with his friends, playing piano and percussion, singing in show choir, playing baseball, and cheering on the Chicago Cubs

Zach Kloppenborg

Zach Kloppenborg

Santa Claus -
Zach Kloppenborg is thrilled to be performing in another production at The Rose Theater! He is an Omaha actor and designer whose past acting credits include: Scurvy Sam and others in JUDY MOODY & STINK; THE MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD TREASURE HUNT (The Rose); the Musician in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (OCP); Carmen Ghia in THE PRODUCERS (OCP); Drake and Greylag in HONK! JR. (The Rose); and Fighting Prawn and others in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (The Rose). He spends most of his free time rearranging furniture and slowly killing houseplants with his wife of seven years, Mariel, and their cockapoo, Ozzy

Matthew Gutschick

Matthew Gutschick

Director -
Matthew’s recent directing credits at The Rose include PRANCER and A CHRISTMAS STORY. Other directing credits include CYRANO with Parallel 45, THE SPARROW, TWELFTH NIGHT and ANON(YMOUS) at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, WUTHERING HEIGHTS at the Mint Theatre in New York, and WHACKED FAIRY TALES at Twin City Stage. His plays have been workshopped/produced by Wordsmyth Theatre Company, Horse Trade Theater Group (NYC), Reverie Productions (NYC), Tri Sate Actors’ Theatre, and Magic Chicago. Matthew’s work for MagicMouth Theatre won a New Horizons Playwriting Award and the company premiered a new magic-theatre piece, A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN PROSE with Parallel 45 in Traverse City, MI. He is the former artistic director of the Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem and completed a fellowship with the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis under the mentorship of Peter Brosius. Matthew assisted Peter Brosius on productions of 500 HATS OF BARTHOLEMEW CUBBINS and A CHRISTMAS STORY. He is a former Managing Director of the Yale Cabaret where he produced over 14 world premieres. Matthew is also the recipient of a Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Fellowship in Entrepreneurship, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf. He holds a BA in Theater from Wake Forest University and received an MFA in Theater Management from the Yale School of Drama. He is in his sixth season as artistic director of the The Rose.


Know Before You Go


Cookies, soft drinks and water will be sold during the intermission of this show. Each item costs $1. Food and drinks must be consumed during intermission; food and drink is not permitted in the auditorium.

Join Our Post-Performance Q&A Session!

A few minutes after the performance, our actors will conduct a Question & Answer session from the stage. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the scenery, costumes, special effects, and other aspects of the production. The actors may even have a question or two for you about the story.

Meet the Cast & Get an Autograph!

Some performers will be available after the show to say hello, pose in pictures, and sign their autographs for you. You can meet them on the mezzanine level right outside the entrance to our balcony level seats.


Everyone deserves a chance to experience the magic of theater. Performances are open to children and family members of all abilities. Click here to learn more about accessibility at The Rose.

Social Stories

A social story is a tool that helps individuals better understand the world around them so they can plan for a positive experience, even if they are going into an place that is unknown to them. Social stories help individuals know what to expect and what to do in unfamiliar situations by walking them through the experience. They are often used by individuals on the autism spectrum, children with sensory needs or those with other special needs. They can be very helpful for very young children anticipating their first theatrical experience. The Rose’s social stories feature photos of all areas of the theater to help children of all abilities with a step-by-step explanation of what it is like to visit The Rose, as well as answering questions they may have. Click here to access The Rose’s show-specific social stories.

Theater Location

The Rose is located in downtown Omaha at 2001 Farnam Street on the southwest corner of 20th & Farnam Streets.


From west Omaha, take I-80 East to 1-480 North and exit onto 20th Street. The Rose is located on Farnam Street, approximately three blocks south of the 20th Street exit.

Convenient Parking

Parking is available for $2 in the parking garage at 19th & Harney, courtesy of the Omaha Douglas Public Building Commission (1910 Harney St., Omaha, NE 68102).

Parking meters surrounding the theater are active from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with free parking available on Sundays and holidays.

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