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  • Courtesy Thom Greving stars as Buddy in "Elf the Musical Jr.," which opens Friday at Pulse Opera House.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 11:10 am

Spotlight: Thom Greving, 'Elf the Musical Jr.'

COREY MCMAKEN | The Journal Gazette

If you go

What: "Elf the Musical Jr."

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16; 4 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 10 and 17

Where: Pulse Opera House, 127 N. Wayne St., Warren

Admission: $15 adults, $5 children 12 and younger; or 260-375-7017

Pulse Opera House in Warren opens "Elf Jr." tonight. Thom Greving stars as Buddy, a human raised as an elf. As Buddy searches for his true identity he has an adventure navigating New York for the first time while trying to find his father.

The 15-year-old sophomore at Huntington North High School answered a few questions via email. Responses have been edited.

Q. Have you seen the "Elf" movie? Are you using it as inspiration, or just doing your own thing?

A. I have – it's one of my favorite Christmas movies! I haven't watched it since getting cast in this role because I want to leave some room for my own interpretation. I have definitely used the basis of Buddy from Will Ferrell's version, but I've found making it my own makes the process even more enjoyable!

Q. What from the show do you think will give audiences the biggest laugh?

A. The whole show is fun! It's an entertaining comedy that showcases a lot of everyone's favorite moments from the movie along with some funny, new additions!

Q. Are you interested in pursuing more roles in theater? What are you learning in this production that you will carry with you?

A. I am definitely planning on pursuing more musical theatre and performing. From "Elf," I've learned how to sometimes cut loose a little during the rehearsal process and to just trust the script. It makes the process of studying some characters, especially ones like Buddy, even better.

Q. If you could turn another movie into a musical to perform, what would it be?

A. Ironically, my favorite movies are movie musicals.

Q. If you were being chased by zombie elves, what Christmas-related item would you use to defend yourself? Would you be successful?

A. I'd personally use some candy canes, but Buddy would just hug the zombie elves. But honestly, in the end, I'm not really sure either of us would be successful.