Kids tell elf’s tale

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

ONTARIO – From the shadows, the voice is easy but insistent.

“What happened to the sleigh?” Sterling Blackwell said.

Blackwell, hidden inside the darkness of the Meyer-McClean Theater at Four Rivers Cultural Center, watched Saturday and guided his young cast of the play “Elf” through a rehearsal.

The musical, based on the 2003 movie of the same name, will open Thursday at 7 p.m., and shows again at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5.

Two separate casts – there are nearly 60 performers ranging from fifth grade to high school age – will stage the play about Buddy the Elf. Blackwell said the crucial part of the musical is the growth of the characters.

“I love shows that transform the audience. We want to see how the family changes,” said Blackwell.

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