In eastern Hancock County, Sumner Memorial High School helped kick off the holiday season last weekend with its fall show “Elf The Musical JR.” starring Daniel Buswell as Buddy the Elf and Kaitlyn Beal as Jovie. The cast, which included youngsters from Peninsula and Mountain View schools, charmed the audience with “I’ll Believe in You,” “Sparklejollytwinklejingly” and other poignant and uplifting songs.
Directed by Lisa Blanchette, the “Elf The Musical JR.” cast and tech crew included (front row, from left): Ava Richardson, Abby Wolford, Alex Rice, Malia Wheaton, Brennan Beattie and Lucie Arnett. Second row (from left): Devin Moshier, Daniel Buswell, Kaitlyn Beal, Maggie Leighton and Elijah Arnett. In the third row: Karlee Kroll, Portia Gatcomb, Mia Richardson, Clara Christiansen and Olivia Buswell. Back row: Susie Johnson, Lillian Christiansen, Conner Eastman, Will McGowan, Harrison Richardson and Ashley Church.
“They are talented, they are hard-working,” Blanchette said. “They put out 150 percent to stage a fantastic, funny show.”