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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.

Dan Chevalier reprises his role as Buddy the Elf in the show that proved to be 2018's hottest holiday ticket!
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 29 - Dec 22, 2019
  • Appropriate Ages All Ages
  • Duration 2 hours + intermission
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Show dates and times

Friday, Nov. 29, 2019 at 7 pm
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 at 2 pm
Sun. Dec. 1, 2019 at 2 pm
Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at 7 pm
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at 2 pm **Limited seating available
Sun. Dec. 8, 2019 at 2 pm **Limited seating available
Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 at 7 pm
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 at 2 pm † ⁂ **Limited seating available
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 at 7 pm
Sun. Dec. 15, 2019 at 2 pm **Limited seating available
Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 at 7 pm
Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 at 2 pm ** Limited seating available
Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 at 7 pm
Sun. Dec. 22, 2019 at 2 pm

Members receive discounted
tickets to this show!

Member tickets can be purchased by members for $20 (main floor) and $15 (balcony) each.

Non-Member Tickets available for $27 (main floor) and $22 (balcony) after August 1.

Reservations Required. CALL 402.345.4849 or click the “Purchase Tickets” button above.
(Members may now reserve their discounted member tickets online.)


Ticket Information

Show tickets are available at Will Call, if not picked up earlier.
Lobby doors will open 45 minutes prior to the show.
Tickets that have not been claimed five minutes prior to the show may be released or sold.

† ASL interpretation for the deaf and hard of hearing is provided
** Sensory-friendly show
⁂ Audio description services for the blind are provided

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Cast & Production


Buddy – Dan Chevalier
Jovie – Regina Palmer
Walter Hobbs – Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek
Emily Hobbs – Melissa King
Michael Hobbs – Tyson Bentley
Santa Claus – Karl Hauser
Greenway/Store Elf – Sarah Gibson
Deb – Mary Carrick
Sarah/Store Elf/Waitress – Katie Aguilar
Hot Dog Seller/Manager – Shannon Duke
Sam/Mrs. Claus – Sue Gillespie Booton
Store Elf/Office Worker – Michael James
Chadwick/Store Elf – Lauren Krupski
Matthews/Fake Santa – Joey Galda
Jim/Store Elf/Fake Santa – Fran X. Adrianto
Businessman/Ensemble/Store Elf/Fake Santa/Buddy Understudy – Keaton Eisenmenger
Store Elf/Office Worker – Jessica Burrill-Logue
Elf/Intern/Store Elf – Francesca Kerkhofs*
Office Intern/Store Elf – Kami Upah*
Office Intern/Store Elf/Raccoon Puppeteer – Grant Petersen Jensen*
Taxi Driver/Police/Intern – Jessie Meiers**
Jogger/Police/Fake Santa/Salvation Army Bell Ringer – Mason Lindsey*
Elf/NYC Sportsfan Kid/Rockefeller – Carter Pflug*
Intern/Store Elf – Colin McMahon*
Charlie/Christmas Kid – Josiah Hydeen**
Shawanda/Elf/Christmas Kid – Maddie Smith
Elf/Elf on the Shelf/Rockefeller – Camryn Jordan*
Elf/Elf on the Shelf/Rockefeller – Nicole Poole*
Elf/New Yorker/Rockefeller – Stella Clark-Kaczmarek

Artistic/Production Credits

Director – Matt Gutschick
Assistant Director/Ed. Rep. – Hayley Greenstreet
Music Director – Jerry Brabec
Choreographer – Sue Gillespie Booton
Resident Stage Manager – Lisa Krabbenhoft
Scenic Designer – Adam Rowe
Projection Designer – Brittany Merenda
Lighting Designer – Craig S. Moxon
Sound Designer/Engineer – Christy Hernandez
Costume Designer – Sherri Geerdes
Hair & Makeup Designer – Zach Kloppenborg
Director of Production – Erin M. Solemsaas
Technical Director – Hunter Andrews
Props Mistress – Devon Denn-Young
Scenic Charge Artist – Savannah Savick
Master Carpenter – Jackson Curtright
Projection Programmer – Alex Pinchin
Assistant Stage Manager – Kira Sheffer
Followspot Operator – Bailee Boisclair, Molly Zabawa
Run Crew – Megan Bolander, Jesse Groff, Alphonse Kroeten, Grace Luis
Stitchers – Sherri Geerdes, Zach Kloppenborg, Audio Helkuik, Jill Maenner


Trumpet I – Curtis Pelster
Trumpet II – Marcus Nunez
Trombone I – Paul Niebalski
Trombone II – Noel Johnson
Reed I – Scott Vicroy
Reed II – Andrea Smith
Reed III – Stanton Harper
Violin I – Samantha Perkins
Violin II – Heidi Copeland
Cello – Patti Ritchie
Keyboard I – Jared Kmiecik
Keyboard II – Amy Nunamaker
Keyboard III/Conductor – Jerry Brabec
Bass – Tom Miller
Drums – Jeff Kolega                           
Percussion – Michael Pollock             

Dan Chevalier

Dan Chevalier

Buddy The Elf -
Dan Chevalier is thrilled to reprise the role of Buddy, returning from last year’s production of "Elf" at The Rose! He was most recently seen on stage as Tom/Tibbles in "Return to Niobrara". 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 Toad", 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 this 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 as Walter Hobbs 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 back on The Rose Theater stage for this production, reprising her role as Emily Hobbs. She has been active in the Omaha theater community for the past several years, with some recent shows including "Bernhardt"/"Hamlet" (Brigit St Brigit- Rosamond Gerard), "Matilda: The Musical" (The Rose Theater- Miss Honey), "Ring of Fire" (Performing Artists Repertory Theater), "Faust" (Opera Omaha- Supernumerary), "Bold Girls" (Brigit St Brigit- Marie Donnelly), and "Parade" (OCP- Mrs. Phagan). As a bit of a Renaissance woman, she has been an artist of all kinds, from a nationally touring performer, to short film actor, costume and fashion designer, teaching artist, composer, and novelist. She graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy's musical theater conservatory program with a CPPT, is a proud wife and mother, and is joyfully pursuing a career as a performer once again.

Tyson Bentley

Tyson Bentley

Michael Hobbs -
Tyson is so excited to make his debut at The Rose Theater! He has also been in many shows at the Omaha Community Playhouse including, John in "Fun Home" and a Schoolboy in "A Christmas Carol". Tyson lives in Carter Lake, Iowa with his parents and 2 annoying brothers and is an 8th grader at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He loves reading, writing, acting, singing, playing the clarinet, and going to school!

Karl Hauser

Karl Hauser

Santa Claus -
A veteran of nameless characters, (Dad- "Judy Moody", "Old Woman"- "Madagascar")
Karl Houser is thrilled to be back again at The Rose. A trained alumni of the Backline Theatre for Improv, and currently studying with Big Canvas, Karl can be seen anywhere the Omaha art scene will allow him. You can find his recent work with Vanity Project on facebook @VanityProjectImprov. Online you can find Karl on Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and Tiktok @VeryGreatKarl. In person you can see Karl performing most weekends at The Backline with house teams Bounce House, Interrogated and with Vanity Project. Karl would like to thank his lovely wife Jessica for everything and anything forever.

Sue Gillespie Booton

Sue Gillespie Booton

Choreographer/Sam/Mrs. Claus -
Sue Gillespie Booton’s national tour credits include "Annie Get Your Gun", "Beehive", and
"Grease". Most recent credits include "Elf" (Sam/Mrs. Santa), World Premiere of "The Dollmaker’s Gift", (Pola/Rebecca), "Rocky Horror" (Columbia), "Ring of Fire" (Ensemble) and "Always,
Patsy Cline" (Louise). She was an original cast member in Omaha’s longest running musical, "Beehive" (Brenda Lee, Petula Clark, Janis Joplin), and appeared in shows on Royal Carribean, Carnival, Royal Viking and Europe’s Sally Cruise Lines. Other Rose stage appearances include "Madagascar" (Gloria), "Cinderella" (Fairy Godmother) and "Cat in the Hat", (Thing #1). Choreographic credits include "Elf The Musical", "Matilda", Disney’s "Newsies", "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever", "Madagascar", "Mary Poppins", "A Christmas Story", "Tarzan", "Narnia", "Peter Pan", "HONK!" and "Annie - The Musical". She won the 2019 Omaha Entertainment Award for “Outstanding Choreography” for "Newsies" and is the 2020 nominee for both "Elf" and "Matilda". She was inducted into the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame summer, 2019 and is the 2014 recipient of the National Freddy G Award given to outstanding musical theater educators as well as the 2014 Theater Arts Guild Education Award winner. Sue is The Rose Theater’s Resident Choreographer and Director of BROADWAY at The Rose, which includes The Rose Brigade and Dance Lab at The Rose. She is thankful to return to Omaha and continue her professional
career at The Rose Theater near friends and family.

Jerry Brabec

Jerry Brabec

Music Director -
Jerry Brabec, tenor, is an Ordained Deacon on the clergy staff at Omaha St. Paul United Methodist Church where he serves as Minister of Worship. His responsibilities include the overseeing of liturgical preparation for the congregation of 400. He also serves as choral director for Temple Israel’s Kol Rina. Awarded the Master of Music degree from the University of Nebraska, he studied choral conducting with Dr. Cina Crisara and Dr. Z. Randall Stroope. As a chorister of the acclaimed Robert Shaw Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall, he sang for five years under the baton of the late Robert Shaw, was twice selected one of six participants in the Alice Parker Melodius Accord Fellowship Program and frequently continues his conducting studies with Ms. Parker during January in New York. At the Rose for the past eleven seasons, "Elf The Musical" marks his 40th show as a visiting music director/vocal coach. He also serves as music director for the nationally acclaimed Rose Brigade, one of the award winning offerings of the “Broadway at the Rose” program. Formerly, Jerry taught at the high school level for Council Bluffs Community Schools, served as associate artistic director of the Omaha Clarion Chorale, and as artistic director for the Kanesville Chorus and Renaissance Faire of the Midlands.

Matthew Gutschick

Matthew Gutschick

Director -
Matthew’s recent directing credits at The Rose include "Elf The Musical", "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.

Show Program


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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