Meet the Cast of Elf The Musical

Meet the Cast of Elf The Musical2018-10-18T11:40:07+00:00

The Fireside auditions and hires professional singers, dancers and actors from all over the United States. Many come with Broadway and National Tour experience. All of them come with great talent and a passion for their craft.


Luke Rose (Buddy) is feeling Jovial to be returning after tapping in 42ND STREET this past spring. Regional: ELF (Buddy) at Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse; THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES (Wrangler) at Pioneer Theatre Company; DAMN YANKEES (Joe Hardy), YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (The Monster) at The Little Theatre On The Square; and Ensemble credits at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre. Luke sends big hugs to his whole family for their steadfast love! John 3:16 Insta: @LukeTheRose


Mattie Tucker Joiner (Jovie) Fireside debut! Recently, Mattie completed her first summer as a faculty member at Interlochen Arts Camp, where she served as the assistant director and assistant choreographer for THE MUSIC MAN. Regional: Disney’s WHEN YOU WISH, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma; KISS ME, KATE with Virginia Musical Theatre; THE CHRISTMAS SHOW starring Kelli O’Hara, with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Proud BFA graduate from the University of Oklahoma. mattiejoyner.com


Victor Hernandez (Walter Hobbs) created the role of Henry Barrow in BONNIE & CLYDE The Musical on Broadway. Previously at The Fireside: Harry-MAMMA MIA, George Banks-MARY POPPINS, Rev. Shaw Moore-FOOTLOOSE, and Shellhammer-MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET. Regional: BONNIE & CLYDE (La Jolla Playhouse & Asolo Repertory), Dan-NEXT TO NORMAL (Seven Angels Theatre), Lt. Brannigan-GUYS AND DOLLS (Bucks County Playhouse). Recently made his directorial debut, BONNIE & CLYDE at the Candlelight Pavilion in Southern California. Happy Holidays, to all!


Jerielle Morwitz (Emily Hobbs) is thrilled to debut at The Fireside! NYC credits include: SPANDEX The Musical (Off-Broadway Premiere), Vital Theatre, The Gallery Players, Impetuous Theatre Group, Theatre for a New City, The Duplex and Don’t Tell Mama’s. Some favorite roles: Betty (GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL), Muriel (DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS), Abby (MUSICAL OF MUSICALS) Vienna (JOHNNY GUITAR), Pennywise (URINETOWN), Dorothy Brock (42ND STREET) and Chaperone (THE DROWSY CHAPERONE). www.jerielle.com


Melissa Buriak (Deb) is excited to be back at The Fireside for another holiday season! She was last seen on the Fireside stage as Anytime Annie in 42ND STREET and Cheryl Finfer in MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET. Favorite Regional credits: 42ND STREET (Phyllis), WHITE CHRISTMAS (Rhoda), ANYTHING GOES (Purity), and A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Christmas Future). She is a proud member of Guilty Pleasures Cabaret. Love to Mom, Dad, and Matty B. www.MelissaBuriak.com


Michael Haws (Mr. Greenway) Michael’s recent favorite roles here: Grimsby in THE LITTLE MERMAID; Pulitzer in NEWSIES; Maurice in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST; Monsignor O’Hara in SISTER ACT; Clarence in A WONDERFUL LIFE; Jim in ALL SHOOK UP; Doc in WEST SIDE STORY; Thenardier in LES MISERABLES; The Wizard in THE WIZARD OF OZ. Other theatres: Marriott Lincolnshire, Drury Lane E.P., Light Opera Works, Beef & Boards, Fulton Musical Theatre, Little Theatre on the Square. JOKE: Why was Santa’s Helper depressed? ANSWER: He had low “elf” esteem.


David Scott Curtis (Santa Claus) is delighted to join the cast of ELF for his debut performance at The Fireside Theatre. Favorite roles include Abner Dillon in the National Tour of 42ND STREET, Mr. Bumble in OLIVER!, Mitch Mahoney in THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, and Eddie/Dr. Scott in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. “Thank you Andrea. Without your faith in me and your love, I would not have sufficient courage.” For more information, visit www.curtis-online.com


Brian Elliott (Store Manager) is back for his ninth production at The Fireside! He last appeared as Teddy Roosevelt (NEWSIES) both here and at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in New Jersey. Fireside credits include: Cogsworth (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), Roscoe Dexter (SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN) Grantaire (LES MISERABLES), and Robertson Ay (MARY POPPINS). Other credits: Max Bialystok (THE PRODUCERS), Younger Brother (RAGTIME), and John Adams (1776). He wishes to thank his parents, Mary, Ed, Kate, and his Chicago family (they know why).


Jennifer Brett (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be making her Fireside debut! She graduated from CAP 21 and Molloy College’s Musical Theatre BFA program in May of 2018. NYC: INTO THE WOODS (Rapunzel), HAIRSPRAY (Amber). Regional: CHICAGO (Annie), THE LITTLE MERMAID (Atina). She would love to thank her family and friends for being so supportive and give a special thanks to Ed for giving her the opportunity to perform here with such an amazing cast and crew! Enjoy the show!


Mackenzie Curren (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at The Fireside to ring in the holidays after doing NEWSIES earlier this season. Other regional Credits: SISTER ACT (Marriott Theatre), Lady of the Lake in MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT (Metropolis Theatre), Dyanne in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET (Palace Theatre – WI Dells), Casey in FIRST DATE (Williams Street Repertory), CHARLOTTE’S WEB (Drury Lane). Many thanks to Ed and the Fireside team. Merry Christmas! www.mackenzie-curran.com!


Joe Hornberger (Ensemble) is thrilled to make his Fireside Debut! Off-Broadway: FRANKENSTEIN (The Players Theatre). Select regional: ONE THOUSAND WORDS (Chicago Musical Theatre Festival), PETER AND THE WOLF (Lookingglass Theatre/Chicago Symphony Orchestra), and BREATHE (ArtsEmerson). Joe has also sung in concerts at 54 Below and SymphonySpace in New York City. BFA Emerson College. Love and gratitude to everyone at The Fireside, RSO and Lindsay, his AT family, and Badiene. Always for Mom. JoeGHornberger.com @hornburgalar .


Hope Jamieson (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to The Fireside for another Christmas season in ELF the Musical! She is a Columbus, Ohio native and received her BFA in dance from the University of Arizona. Recent credits include THE LITTLE MERMAID, MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, DANCING QUEEN, and production cast member on the Norwegian Star. Many thanks to Mom and Dad for their constant love and support!


Terrance Martin (Ensemble) is grateful to be back at The Fireside where he was last seen in Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID as Sebastian, MAMMA MIA (Eddie), and other amazing productions. Also: HAZEL A MUSICAL MAID IN AMERICA at Drury Lane; WONDERFUL TOWN at the Goodman Theatre; CATS (Mr. Mistoffelees) and IN THE HEIGHTS at The Paramount; Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Georgia native, proud Equity Member, BFA from The University of the Arts. Thank you to my support team! www.terrancemartin1.com Instagram: terrance_martin


Darren McArthur (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Fireside debut! Darren attended Point Park University to receive a BFA in Dance where he performed works by Gerald Arpino, Trey McIntyre, Kiesha Lalama, Ron Tassone, and Ohad Naharin. Darren has danced with Versatile Dance Company, FireWALL Dance Theater, Texture Contemporary Ballet and Holland America Line. He has performed the role of Spot Conlon and Tommy Boy in Disney’s NEWSIES at Phoenix Theatre and was recently in Waxler Productions Showcase of ON THE TOWN.


Morgan McGhee (Ensemble) is overjoyed to be making her Fireside debut! She is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and received her training in Dance and Theatre at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City. Some of her favorite credits include DREAMGIRLS (Michelle), CHICAGO (June), HAIRSPRAY (Dynamite), and WHITE CHRISTMAS (Rhoda). Thank you to the cast, crew, and creatives for the opportunity to be apart of such a fun show!


Jason Plourde (Ensemble) previously seen as the Bishop (LES MIS) and Pat Denning (42ND STREET), Jason is thrilled to return to The Fireside. A versatile performer, Jason has 20 years experience in Opera, Theater, and Musical Theater. Favorite characters include Boolie (DRIVING MISS DAISY), Frank Sr. (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN), Jekyll and Hyde (JEKYLL AND HYDE), Henry Higgins (MY FAIR LADY), Tom (THE NORMAN CONQUESTS), Tony Wendice (DIAL M FOR MURDER), and Eddie (LOST IN YONKERS). For performances, videos, and more please visit www.jasonplourde.net.


Cesar Razza (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Fireside Debut with ELF. Past theatre credits include National Tours of THE WIZARD OF OZ, SID THE SCIENCE KID LIVE!, Clifford in CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG. Regional: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at The Fulton Theatre, Mike in A CHORUS LINE at The Show Palace Dinner Theatre, Neleus in MARY POPPINS at The Palace Theatre. Cesar would like to thank Apryl, Caitrin, Forecast Talent, and his family for all their tremendous support. Follow Cesar on Instagram: @cesarrazza123 cesarrazza.com


Doug Reed (Ensemble) is a proud Fireside veteran of 30 years and 132 shows. Some favorite roles include Gideon in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, Andy Lee in 42ND STREET, Cosmo in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, Tommy Djilas in THE MUSIC MAN, Paul in KISS ME KATE, Zebulan in all three productions of JOSEPH, and Wes Warnicker in FOOTLOOSE. Doug is also active as a choreographer and director for high schools, universities, and community theatres in Southern WI and is a proud six time Tommy Award winner!


Sarah Juliet Shaw (Ensemble) is delighted to return to The Fireside after playing Arista in THE LITTLE MERMAID earlier this year. Other credits include SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Arizona Broadway Theatre), KISS ME, KATE (Virginia Musical Theatre), and CAROUSEL (Reagle Music Theatre). She would like to thank Ed for another wonderful opportunity and her family and friends for their endless love and support. www.sarahjulietshaw.com


Kaylee Verble (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Fireside debut! Favorite Regional: DAMES AT SEA (Ruby), HAIRSPRAY (Amber), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Babette), PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Sister), and A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE (Mrs. Grace). Kaylee has also enjoyed sharing the magic onboard Disney Cruise Line (Mainstage Performer/Dance Captain) and is a proud graduate of NYU, Steinhardt. Thanks to Ed for this “sparklejollytwinklejingley” experience. Love to family, friends, and SW Artists. www.kayleeverble.com.


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