Elf the Musical

The Charleston Light Opera Guild will present Elf at the Norman L. Fagan Theater at the WV Culture Center, Capitol Complex for five performances between December 20 and 23, 2023.

Elf is a musical based on the 2003 motion picture of the same name, with a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin and an adapted book from the film by the awarded team of Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan. The musical ran on Broadway during the holiday seasons of 2010-11 and 2012-13 and at the Madison Square Garden Theater in 2017. It also toured the USA between 2012 and 2016 and continues to play in community and professional theaters.

William "Buddy" Hobbs, a young orphan child, mistakenly crawls into Santa Claus' bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. After discovering the baby, Santa and his elves decide to raise the child as an elf. Years later, Buddy finds out that he's actually a human being and, at Santa's prompting, heads off to New York City in search of his father, Walter Hobbs. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his birth family and help NYC remember the true meaning of Christmas.


Buddy - Isaiah Canterbury

Emily Hobbs - Heather Allen

Michael Hobbs - Garrett Hughes

Walter Hobbs - Eric B. Hudnall

Jovie - Maddi Simons

Deb - Toni M. Pilato

Manager - Tim Whitener

Mr. Greenway - Kennie Bass

Santa Claus - Michael D. Gore

Chadwick / Fake Santa - Mark Felton

Matthews - Hope Griffith

Sam / Security Guard - Clint Thomas

Ensemble - Andrew Lee Adkins, Melissa Alder, Dionne Canterbury, Bailey Dore, Olivia Hayes, Emilie Hoosier, Sherri Hudnall, Amy Hughes, Gabriel Rashid, Emma Grace Hutchinson, Maverick King, Adrian E. Legg, Cooper Lindsay, Will Manahan, Frankie Marrs, Amanda Spencer, Mallory Szerokman, Karis Sutherland, Emily Swingle, Carson J. Vance, Brittany Westfall



Nina Denton Pasinetti

Musical Director

Gail Kennedy


Melody Bias

Dance Assistant

Shakira Martin

Technical Director

Tom Pasinetti