A way to survive the empty nest and a "cracked "relationship with a fun daily challenge of new experiences, reflections, sources, and some biblical guidance. I hope this blog which offers a fun journey to survive by trying something new, either vicariously or by doing, will result in a survival tool kit to replace the past familiar doing, giving, and/or incorporating the interest of your child or your long gone love interest, with some new self interest(s).
Day 316-Elf the Musical-Sing Out Loud for All to Hear
tradition in our house to watch the movie Elf every Holiday
Season. The musical, based on the comedic movie, tells the story of Buddy who
was raised by Santa after he slipped into Santa’s bag one
Christmas Eve. Buddy towers over Santa’s elves and does not have the knack for
building toys; but Buddy is full of Christmas spirit. He ventures to NYC in
search of his real dad, finds love and spreads his infectious cheer throughout the
to my blog inspiration psychologist Maslow, remaining “child-like” in life is a characteristic
of a person who strives to reach their personal best or reach self -actualization.
Elf is a grown-up that has the Christmas
wonder and excitement of a child all rolled together. The musical differs in
some ways from the movie but still has the element of Buddy’s infectious holiday
The show opened with Santa’s elfs singing that Buddy is “Happy All Time”. Santa (not Papa Elf like in
the move) narrated the tale of Buddy,
who wearing his green suit, navigates through NYC searching for his real dad.
Elf , with some adult humor and a brightly colored set that resembled pages from a story
book, kept both adults and children
entertained. The story is so appealing because it is about someone who is always
smiling, whose food staple is candy and who loves to sing. Buddy even accomplishes to get cynical New Yorkers to
believe in Santa again. In many ways Buddy amplifies and does what we wish we could all do-navigate through
life always seeing it as "half full."
lover of the movie, I was skeptical about any actor other then Will Ferrell playing this character. Eric Williams was terrific. He had the right tall and lanky
stature and wide eyed child- like
expressions. He gave us just the right amount of “kid and adult” to make the character as lovable as a teddy bear. Williams’
strong vocals and dancing abilities anchored the show with his adorable half- brother, Michael
(Grady Miranda) and his love interest ,Jovie (Paloma D’Auria) who belted “Never
Fall in Love (with an Elf)”.
was sore from smiling. My mother did not see the movie Elf did the same.
The charm of this show is an upbeat Buddy who reminds us all to tap into our child -like
nature, get excited about Christmas and spread cheer by “singing loud for
all to hear”.
(Elf runs from December 26 to 30, 2018 at Heinz Hall.For tickets and more on PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh go to trustarts.org.)