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Improvisational 'Elf' to be performed in Barnum


The cast of "Elf" is pictured. The annual holiday play is presented by Barnum Community Club, Barnum Community Education and the Bomber Club. Performances are set for Friday, November 30 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 1 at 1:30 p.m. at the Barnum High School auditorium. Santa will be on hand for photos following Saturday's performance.

Fifty-two children, ranging from first grade to 12th grade, are in the middle of preparing for the Barnum Community Club, Barnum Community Education, and Bomber Club’s annual holiday play. This year, the kids are putting on an improvisational play based on the 2003 classic “Elf.”

The annual play is being directed for the fourth year by Bomber Club Coordinator Roxy Olsen, assisted by Normalynn Johnson, and student directed by Emily Laitinen.

The kids have been practicing two to three nights a week for three hours each time using the movie “Elf” as a guideline as they prepare their own lines, without using a script. The set building and props are in process by student director Emily Laitinen. She joins our directing crew this year as a past participant and volunteer.

The children are working on remembering their parts and coming up with their own costumes. Their creative ideas and suggestions are used.

Laec Lekander, sixth grade, plays the part of Buddy the Elf. "He is an absolute hoot. His amazing acting skills and creativeness on stage have all of us in laughter most practices," said Olsen. "Dakota Litfin, sixth grade, plays Papa Elf/narrator. His speaking voice and sense of humor — and the ability to know the whole play inside out forward and backwards — keep everyone moving and flowing throughout the performance. Brandon Anderson, ninth grade, plays the part of Walter, Buddy’s real dad, and his serious nature on stage binds all the actors together. Alina Lekander and Olivia Bodenholm, both fourth graders, play Walter’s goofy assistants. Billy Jo Laitinen, fifth grade, plays Miles Finch. She may be small, but she’s packed with a punch, and whatever you do, do not call her an elf! The rest of the cast and crew are just as amazing and full of laughs!"

Performances are set for Friday, November 30 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 1 at 1:30 p.m. at the Barnum High School auditorium. Admission is free Saturday for children sixth grade and under thanks to the Barnum Community Club.

Following Saturday’s performance, Santa will be arriving for pictures. All kids that sit on Santa’s lap will receive a free 4x6 photo taken by budding photographer Beth Sway.

Again this year, the group is partnering with the Moose Lake Food Shelf and Moose Lake Library’s “Books for Baskets.” Get $1 off admission with the donation of a new book (only one per person).

Remember, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”


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