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Union County Non-Profit Presents Elf the Musical Jr. to Support Services for People with Disabilities

By rlsmetro on

A triumphant musical return this December promises holiday cheer, a lot of laughs, and possibly too much sugar.

Tickets are available now for Elf the Musical Jr., presented December 10, 11 and 12. All shows are streaming virtually at 7:00 p.m. for audiences to enjoy at home. 

Elf the Musical Jr.

The CAU Community Players are an inclusive group of performers with and without disabilities who collaborate to stage incredible musical performances, including past productions of Hairspray and Aladdin. 

Community Access Unlimited (CAU) is a Union County-based, statewide nonprofit that works to integrate people with disabilities and youth at risk into the community through comprehensive supports.

The show's cast is thrilled to return to the stage after months of virtual rehearsals and preparation. 

Performers used clear masks to interact safely while allowing the audience to enjoy their expressions.

"The point of the show is to fill everyone with Christmas spirit," Tyler O'Neill, who plays Buddy, said. 

"I'm discovering a side I never thought I had and a lot of joy. And like Buddy, I too enjoy a good hug every now and again."

Adam Fleissner plays Buddy's cantankerous father, Walter. He said he is excited for everyone's hard work to pay off in the final production after a hiatus last year due to the pandemic. 

"It's the first time doing a CAU play since the shutdown, and I just love seeing everyone again," he said. 

Proceeds from Elf support CAU's comprehensive services for people with disabilities and youth at-risk, which include housing, education, employment, support coordination and life skills training.

This adaptation of the hilarious hit film is sure to warm hearts as we prepare for the holiday season.

"I want people to get tickets so they can laugh hard," said cast member Ernie Smalls.