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A very merry musical

LZHS puts on Elf as winter musical
Photo by Lindsey Bitzer
Here is the flyer for more information about the Elf musical! Scan the barcode for tickets.

Get ready to celebrate the holidays this winter and step into the world of Elf. The North Pole and New York collide when a human, who was raised by Santa and his elves, goes out into the “real world” to find his human family. The musical will be performed in the LZHS PAC on November 9, 10, and 11 at 7p.m. and November 11 at 2p.m.. The Elf musical showcases a story about the spirit of Christmas, as well as the joy and laughter that the holidays bring.

Buddy, the human raised in the North Pole, played by Matthew Angelaccio, senior, ventures off to New York in hopes of finding his human family and showing them the magic of the holidays. Jovie, an emotionally detached and sarcastic girl, played by Charli Harding, senior, meets Buddy at the Macy’s she works at, and throughout the story, he shows her what it really means to have Christmas spirit. From encapsulating the magic of the holidays to creating laughter with its lighthearted and humorous scenes, Elf is the perfect show to watch as the holidays approach.

“[Elf is] definitely more energetic than [other musicals LZHS has performed],” Angelaccio said. “Almost every number is full of energy and excitement literally bouncing off the walls. This show is just sheer joy and positivity which is unique to the theme as opposed to some others.”

The LZHS theater choreographer, Alaina Fahey, senior, has been working hard to incorporate the energy and joy of Elf in her dances that she creates for the cast. According to Harding, “Fahey’s effort into making the dances always cheers me up. There’s nothing like getting in the Christmas spirit with a kick-line.”

An upbeat and cheerful musical is sure to lift the spirit of anyone who comes to watch Elf. With new songs and dances, the audience is in for a merry time.

“I was the choreographer for Descendants last year and I can say Elf is a completely different style,” Fahey said. “Descendants gave more of the hip hop and jazz funk style, and Elf is more like a rockette.”

Not only are the dances new and bubbly, but the songs are just as upbeat and energetic to match the mood of the dances.

“Most of the songs within this show not many people know unless they’ve seen the show prior, so the audience is in for a surprise the second the opening starts. While the aspect of surprise makes this show special, it is also special because it is such a recognized story,” Harding said.

Although the movie came out in 2003, according to, Elf continues to make a huge impact on people while inspiring them with the many important messages that the story tells. 

“It has such a good message about the spirit of Christmas that is sure to get you in the mood for the holidays,” Angelaccio said. “As Buddy learns that the world is not all syrup and candy canes, he teaches those around him the importance of family and the magic and joy of the holiday season.”

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Lindsey Bitzer, Sports Editor
Coming back for her last and third year on the Bear Facts staff, Lindsey continues her role as the Sports Editor. As college approaches, she intends to savor every last minute with her staff and advisor, Mrs. Lungu. Though she wants to pursue some type of art in the future whether that be illustration, writing, etc., she is keeping her options open as there is still so much more to explore.

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