Meet the cast of Elf The Musical

Korie Lee Blossey*

Korie Lee Blossey*

(Store Manager/Ensemble)

Mark Epperson*

Mark Epperson*

(Walter Hobbs)

Garrison Hunt

Garrison Hunt

(Chadwick/Fake Santa /Ensemble/Understudy: Santa/Greenway/Store Manager)

Carolina Miranda

Carolina Miranda

(Jovie)

Lucas Ryan

Lucas Ryan

(Swing/Understudy: Buddy)

Kieran Brown

Kieran Brown

(Michael Hobbs at certain performances)

Landon Forlenza

Landon Forlenza

(Michael Hobbs at certain performances)

Robert Anthony Jones

Robert Anthony Jones

(Santa/Greenway)

Molly Model

Molly Model

(Mrs. Claus/Sam/Ensemble/Understudy: Deb)

Garrett Shin

Garrett Shin

(Chadwick/Ensemble/Understudy: Michael)

Kaitie Buckert

Kaitie Buckert

(Mother/Charlotte Dennon/Ensemble)

Timothy Fraser*

Timothy Fraser*

(Buddy)

Tre Kanaley

Tre Kanaley

(Policeman/Ensemble)

Mikaela Rada

Mikaela Rada

(Waitress/Tiara/Ensemble/Understudy: Jovie)

Melissa Strain

Melissa Strain

(Salesperson/Kid/Ensemble)

Tamara Daly

Tamara Daly

(Deb)

Melissa Goldberg

Melissa Goldberg

(Swing)

Michelle Mallardi*

Michelle Mallardi*

(Emily)

Drew Reese

Drew Reese

(Charlie/Ensemble/Understudy: Walter)

Thomas Meehan

Book

received the Tony Award for co-writing the book for The Producers in 2001 and in 2003 for co-writing the book for Hairspray. He received his first Tony Award in 1977 for writing the book of Annie, which was his first Broadway show, and has written the books for the musicals Rocky, Elf the Musical, Cry-Baby, Young Frankenstein, Chaplin, Bombay Dreams, I Remember Mama, Ain’t Broadway Grand and Annie Warbucks. In addition, he was a long-time contributor of humor to The New Yorker, an Emmy-Award winning writer of television comedy, and a collaborator on a number of screenplays, including Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs and To Be Or Not To Be. Mr. Meehan was also a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild. He and his wife, Carolyn, divided their time between a home in Nantucket and an apartment in Greenwich Village, near which, on Hudson Street, she owned and presided over the long-running and near-legendary children’s store Peanut Butter & Jane.

CHAD BEGUELIN

(Lyrics)

is a four-time Tony Nominee whose works include Disney’s Aladdin (Tony Award Nomination for Best Book and Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Lyrics and Best Book) and The Wedding Singer (Tony Award Nomination for Best Book and Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Lyrics). He also wrote the lyrics for the Broadway musical Elf, which broke several box office records at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. His play HARBOR premiered off-Broadway at Primary Stages. Chad also wrote the book and lyrics for Judas & Me (NYMF Award for Excellence in Lyric Writing), The Rhythm Club (Signature Theater) and Wicked City (American Stage Company). Chad reunited with Elf collaborators Matthew Sklar and Bob Martin to create the new musical The Prom, which ran on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre and was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. He is the recipient of the Edward Kleban Award for Outstanding Lyric Writing, the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Musical Theater Award and the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award. Chad is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Dramatic Writing Program.

Evan Pappas

Artistic Director/Director

Evan brings nearly four decades of expertise to the Argyle Theatre as its Artistic Director and has directed Guys and Dolls, Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Producers, The Full Monty, Miracle on 34th Street for the Argyle Theatre.   Evan is represented as a director with Off-Broadway’s A Letter to Harvey Milk, Liberty (Theatre 80 and 42West);  Wonderful Town and DuBarry Was a Lady (both for Musicals Tonight!); Evita, West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate, The Barber of Seville, and The Daughter of the Regiment (Opera North); The Color Purple and Sister Act (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina); Lucky Stiff (Arizona Broadway Theatre); Murder for Two and My Way (Depot Theatre); Funny Girl and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (San Francisco’s Broadway By the Bay).  Both of these last productions garnered Evan a Best Director nomination from the Bay Area Theatre Critics, with Seven Brides winning the award for Best Production.  Additionally, Evan has directed many benefits, readings and cabarets in New York City, including the Drama League’s benefit honoring Kristen Chenoweth, and several evenings of musical comedy at Feinstein’s/54 Below.  IG: @theevanpappas  T:@theevanpappas  www.evanpappas.net

Emma Weiss

Music Director

is a music director, vocal coach, and educator from New York City. She holds an MA in Musical Theater Music Directing from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Emma has music directed productions, concerts, and cabarets at Radio City Music Hall, Joe’s Pub, and Feinstein’s 54 Below, and has worked regionally at the Weston Playhouse, Seattle Rep and Parallel 45 Theatre. As a passionate educator she teaches privately and at high schools and universities all over New York.

Tim Golebiewski

(Set Designer)

is delighted to make his Argyle Theatre premier with Elf.  He’s looking forward to returning for Mamma Mia in the spring.  Favorite credits include: Off-Broadway: Liberty, Beneath the Gavel. Regional: The Learned Ladies, The Surrogate, Hitler’s Tasters, Dracula (Centenary Stage Co.); O’Beautiful, Big Love (Connecticut Rep Theatre); Evita, We Will Rock You (Smithtown Performing Arts). Tim has also designed large scale events at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square and at the Museum of Natural History, was on the design team for the NBC studios for the 2018 Winter Olympics and is a faculty member at both Eastern Connecticut State University and Five Towns College. Recently he collaborated with Douglas Carter Beane and Andy Einhorn on their new revival of Babes in Arms at the Forestburgh Playhouse.

Jolene Richardson

(Costume Designer)

has traded in her chainsaws and zombies to be part of the magical world of the North Pole. Jolene is excited to be making her Argyle Theatre debut after coming to the theatre in her youth for many films. She has been working in theatre in film designing for the last four years and her previous credits include The Dark Circles, The Last Drive in with Joe Bob Briggs (Shudder/AMC+), Calling All Kates, and others. When she isn’t on set Jolene can be found as a Fashion Historian in the Horror genre through her blog Hanging by a Thread and her podcast that she co-hosts with fellow costume designer Emma Cogan To Dye For! Podcast. You can see her work within the pages of Rue Morgue magazine and Fangoria. She would like to thank her partner George for his endless love and support, her parents for pushing her to be the best she can be, and her little corgi Sweet Pea, who at the end of a long day gives her endless kisses.

James Terrell

(Props Designer)

is thrilled to be making his debut in prop designery at The Argyle Theatre. In addition to props, James is a costume designer and has been a consistent member of the wardrobe team at The Argyle. Past Argyle credits in wardrobe include: Hairspray, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Spring Awakening, The Producers, The Full Monty, Legally Blonde, The Little Mermaid, and most recently, Cabaret. He hopes the holidays bring joy, spaghetti, and syrup to all this season.

Craig Matthew*

(Production Stage Manager)

is excited to be working with Argyle Theatre. New York City based.  NYC credits include: The Wedding Singer, Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar, Threepenny Opera, Spring Awakening, Regional: Shakespeare in Love, The Music Man, Hound of the Baskervilles. Proud member of AEA.  Thanks to Evan and the Argyle team.

Emily Todt

(Assistant Stage Manager)

is a native Missouri theatrical artist with an MFA in Stage Management and a BFA in Design & Technical Theatre. Emily focuses on work that allows her to both celebrate her passion for music and collaborate with other artists to create work that instills awe and inspires. Outside of the theatre you can find her searching for the world’s best mac and cheese. Thanks and love to the Fam, Ryan,
and JEES.

Bob Martin

Book

has been working as an actor and writer in Canadian theatre, film and television for over 3 decades. He has had a long association with the Toronto Second City, where he co-wrote and performed in four Second City revues, directed three, and had a stint as Artistic Director. He is a co-creator of The Drowsy Chaperone, and has performed in many of its incarnations including Ahmanson Theatre (Los Angeles), Marquis Theatre (Broadway), Novello (London). Bob has won a number of awards for his work including an LA Drama Critics Circle Award, an L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award, a Drama Desk Award, a Theatre World Award, and a Tony Award. He is also co-creator of the critically acclaimed dramatic series Slings & Arrows. Recent TV projects include Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays I & II (CBC), Sensitive Skin I & II (HBO), and Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas (NBC). Recent theatre projects include Elf (Broadway), Minsky’s (Ahmanson LA), and in dev., Gotta Dance, The Sting, and Millions. Bob reunited with Elf collaborators Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin to create the new musical The Prom, which ran on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre and was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Matthew Sklar

(Music)

is a Tony®, Emmy®, and Drama Desk Award-nominated composer. His works include the Broadway musicals Elf and The Wedding Singer (Tony Award Nomination for Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Music). He also wrote the music for The Rhythm Club (Signature Theatre), Judas & Me, and Wicked City (American Stage Company). Matthew reunited with Elf collaborators Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin to create the new musical The Prom, which ran on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre and was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Matthew received a 2015 Primetime Emmy® Award Nomination for Outstanding Music Direction for the critically-acclaimed NBC stop-motion animated TV special “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas”, starring Jim Parsons. He adapted and arranged the music of Marvin Hamlisch for the Emmy Award-winning documentary film Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love, seen on PBS/American Masters. Matthew has contributed original songs/music to Sesame Street, Wonder Pets!, and the NBC Broadcast of The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

As an 18-year-old freshman at New York University, Matthew began playing keyboards for the Broadway production of Les Miserables, eventually conducting the show at 21. He has also been a keyboardist, conductor, and/or arranger for many Broadway productions including Shrek, Caroline or Change, Nine, Oklahoma, 42nd Street, Putting It Together, Annie Get Your Gun, On the Town, Titanic, Guys and Dolls, Sunset Boulevard, and Miss Saigon. Matthew also appeared onstage as Oscar in the Broadway revival of 42nd Street.

Awards include the ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, the Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theatre Award, and the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award.

Matthew is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, and the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802. His music is published by Warner/Chappell Music. Matthew was educated at The Juilliard School of Music (Pre-College Division), the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and New York University.

Valerie Wright

Choreographer

Performing: Broadway: Cats; Song and Dance; Steel Pier; Sally Marr and Her Escorts, starring Joan Rivers; Damn Yankees, opposite Jerry Lewis; Annie Get Your Gun with Bernadette Peters; ELF; TUCK Everlasting. Off Broadway: Showing Off; The World Goes ‘Round; Wanda’s World. Nat’l Tours: Hello Dolly; Song and Dance; The World Goes ‘Round (Jefferson Award, Helen Hayes nomination); Damn Yankees (Helen Hayes nomination). Numerous regional theater appearances: Directing/Choreography: Off Bway: Happy Birthday–T.A.C.T. NY Theater: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; Fiddler On The Roof; Pajama Game; The Baker’s Wife. Regional: HAIR–Forestburgh Playhouse, Beehive–Forestburgh Playhouse, Anne of Green Gables–The Rev Theaterasst director; Anne of Green Gables–Goodspeed Opera House–asst director–(upcoming). University Productions: The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas--Montclair State University; CHAPLIN Nazareth College (Covid Production). Valerie wrote and produced her children’s album Green Beans On The Floor. She is the founder of StageStepnyc a musical theater summer intensive program.

John Salutz

(Lighting Design)

is a New York based Lighting and Sound Designer. His work has been seen and heard in New York at the York Theatre Co., Ensemble Studio Theatre, Urban Stages, Queens Theatre in the Park, the Tank, Hard Sparks, Atlantic Acting School, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, as well as regionally at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Connecticut Ballet, Argyle Theatre, Southeastern Regional Ballet Association, Centenary Stage Co., Southeast Alabama Dance Co., and Provincetown Theater. Additional information can be found at: www.johnsalutzdesigns.com 

Brianne Boyd

(Sound Designer)

is excited to be joining the design team for Elf. She has been the resident mainstage sound board operator here at the Argyle since January of 2019. When not living in the land of audio, Brianne can be found elsewhere in a theater in various roles, including props design, costume and wig design, teaching, directing, acting, and sometimes in the lighting booth dying a coworker’s hair. She would like to thank Carlos, Evan, her family and friends, John, and last but not least, her fellow Argyle crew members for keeping her from yeeting herself off the balcony. And Santa, if you’re reading this, all Brianne would like for Christmas is a raise. :)

Peter Fogel

(Wig Design)

Peter is a costume and wig designer, whose creative designs have been seen in theaters throughout the United States and abroad. Selected design credits include the Off-Broadway productions of The Net Will Appear (59E59 Theaters), Cyrano de Bergerac (Theatre at St. Clement’s), and Cyrano (Michael Chekhov Acting Studio), which was performed at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. As an Associate Designer, selected credits include Celebrate! The Sesame Street 10th Anniversary Parade at Beaches Resorts, The Brightness of Heaven (Cherry Lane theater), Mabou Mines’ Glass Guignol, and Medea. For The Argyle Theatre: The Producers (hair design), The Full Monty (costume and wig design), and Miracle on 34th Street (wig design).

Michael Cassara, CSA

Casting Director

Michael is pleased to return to the Argyle where he and his team have cast all mainstage productions since the theatre’s founding. Recent credits include: An American in Paris (International Tour, dir. Christopher Wheeldon), Spamilton (NYC/Chicago/US tour/album), Enter Laughing (York Theatre), Forbidden Broadway (numerous editions/albums), and many more. Resident Casting Director for the New York Musical Festival (2007-2019) and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre since 2013. Native Clevelander, member of the Casting Society of America. BFA, Otterbein University

Alison Savino

(Production Stage Manager/Prop Master/Production Coordinator)

Select Off-Broadway credits include: SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE (Production Assistant), THE ZOMBIES! A MUSICAL (Assistant Stage Manager) and THE FALLEN (Assistant Stage Manager). Favorite Long Island credits include: LEGALLY BLONDE (Prop Master/PA), MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET (Assistant Stage Manager/Prop Coordinator), THE PRODUCERS (Stagehand/Deck Scenic Artist), TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Assistant Stage Manager), MY LIFE IS A MUSICAL (Production Assistant), THE TEMPEST (Assistant Stage Manager) and TRAVESTIES (Prop Assistant). Alison is currently attending Columbia University pursuing her MFA in Stage Management.

Shannon Stewart

(Covid Safety Manager / 2nd Assistant Stage Manager)

is thrilled to be back at Argyle for another season! Shannon is a Long Island/NYC based stage manager. Select credits include: Cabaret (CSM & PA), The Good Trouble Mixtape (PSM) Claude McKay’s America (PSM), Wonderland (PSM), Miracle on 34th Street (PA), Gypsy (PSM). IG @itsprobablyshan

Meet the Creative Team of Elf