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“Elf the Musical” comes to Music Mountain Theatre


Music Mountain Theatre, 1483 Route 179, Lambertville, N.J., continues its season with an all-new production of the musical “Elf,” based on the 2003 film.
“Elf” will begin performances Nov. 5 and play weekends through Nov. 21.
“Elf” is the humorous and charming tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face his truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity.
Patrick Mertz is set to lead the production as Buddy alongside his wife, Kimberly Mertz, playing Jovie.
Thirteen-year-old Gavin Prikril steps into the role of Buddy’s half-brother Michael Hobbs, with Jonathan Wierzbicki as Walter Hobbs and Anna Hentz as Emily Hobbs. The big man himself, Santa, will be played by David McCloughan Jr., with Rachel Fingles as Deb, Lynn Baskin as Mr. Greenway, and Lauren Waksman as the department store manager.

Completing the cast are the members of the ensemble, which includes Kyle Binkley, Jenn Hsiao, Eric Raymond, Judith Segers, Michael Hall, Rich Phillips, Amanda Romig, Ronald Pae, Lauren Gregorovic, Ben Busick, Wyatt Kim, and Kate Jones.
The production is being directed and choreographed by Louis Palena with the assistance of Deven Miller, costume design by Jordan Brennan, musical direction by Sue Den Outer, and Chris Cichon leading the technical direction.
Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. Face masks will be required for audience members.
For information on the theater’s safety protocols or to purchase a ticket, visit or call 609-397-3337.