PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "I'll Believe in You!" A Two-Show Day at Paper Mill's Elf With Heather Parcells

Photos   PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "I'll Believe in You!" A Two-Show Day at Paper Mill's Elf With Heather Parcells
The Paper Mill Playhouse production of the holiday musical Elf, based on the 2003 film starring Will Ferrell, officially opened at the New Jersey venue Nov. 30 for a run through Jan. 4. Cast member (and favorite) Heather Parcells shares a recent two-show day at the famed New Jersey venue.

"AHHHH Paper Mill Playhouse. Broadway in New Jersey! Nestled next to a serene running stream, this Historical Landmark has been home to the two-show day shenanigans of Broadway’s finest," says Parcells. "And our (not so) little production of Elf is no different. Behind the colorful magic that the audience delights in is a whole world of 150+ costume changes, 50 wig changes, 4 kids, 40 fake snowballs, and literally thousands of delightful giggles. Welcome to a two-show day at Elf."


Elf is directed by Eric Ankrim and choreographed by Josh Rhodes. The cast features James Moye (Buddy), Kate Fahrner (Jovie), Paul C. Vogt (Santa), Heidi Blickenstaff (Emily Hobbs), Robert Cuccioli (Walter Hobbs), Jake Faragalli (Michael), Cleve Asbury (Mr. Greenway), Jessica Sheridan (Deb) and DeMone (Macy’s Manager).

The ensemble comprises Sydney Brenton, Stephanie Cain, Alicia Charles, Brittany Conigatti, Michael Di Liberto, Madge Dietrich, Michael Fatica, Michael Coale Grey, Anna McCarthy, Gillian Munsayac, Patrick O’Neill, Heather Parcells, Jody Reynard, Chris Richards, Justin Schuman, Sam Seferian and Laura Smith.

Elf has a book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin.

Elf is described as a "fantastical holiday musical for the entire family! This is the hilarious and joyous tale of Buddy, an orphan who is mistakenly transported to the North Pole and raised by Santa's elves. Now, as a grownup, he embarks on a journey to discover his true identity. It's a holiday treat for the entire family."

The creative team also includes music director Dominick Amendum, scenic designer Matthew Smucker, scenic coordinator Kelly James Tighe, costume designer David C. Woolard, costume coordinator Irma Brainard, lighting designer Charlie Morrison, sound designer Randy Hansen, hair and wig designer Leah Loukas, casting director Telsey + Company and production stage manager Gary Mickelson.

Tickets may be purchased by calling (973) 376-4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at


Paper Mill Playhouse will once again be a collection point for this year’s Jersey Cares Coat Drive. The theatre will be collecting gently used winter coats through the run of Elf. Paper Mill will also be a collection center for new, unwrapped toys to help underserved communities throughout the state. Collection of coats and toys will take place in the lobby.

Paper Mill Playhouse will offer audio-described performances (Dec. 20 and 21 at 1:30 PM), sign-interpreted and open-captioned performance (Dec. 21 at 7 PM) and a special autism-friendly performance (Dec. 23 at 1:30 PM).

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