'Magical Christmas Elf' is holiday comedy for family



The Edgefield Theatre Company has some comedy in store with its holiday production, The Magical Christmas Elf.

The show will be staged Dec. 13-15 at the William Miller Bouknight Theatre at the Discovery Center, 405 Main St. in Edgefield. Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

This year’s holiday production is a comedy that is specially geared toward families. It is written and directed by Susie O’Neal. This is the second play she has written for the Edgefield Theatre Company.

“It is a cute little family play about a dysfunctional family who finally finds the Christmas spirit – with the help of the Christmas elf, who actually is a human elf in the story,” she said.

The cast consists of Bill Kassay, who plays Frank, the husband and father; Janet Johnson, who plays Virginia, the wife and mother; Christian Haskins and Caroline O’Neal, who play Austin and Abby, 5-year-old twins; Olivia Love, who plays 15-year-old daughter Shelby; and Evan Jarvis, who plays the elf.

Brooklyn Johnson will open the show with the song Where Are You, Christmas?

Janet Johnson said that although she has played in other Edgefield Theatre Company productions, she has especially enjoyed this one because it incorporates children into the script.

“The children coming to see the play will be mesmerized by the elf,” she said.

Haskins’ grandmother, Lisa Bland, said he is having a ball with the play.

“His mother, Caroline, is very involved with the theater and he spent a lot of time with her during productions, so he is somewhat familiar with it all,” she added.

Jarvis, of Aiken, is the star of the show. He started acting in high school, with plays including Guys and Dolls, Our Town and J.B. Bigley.

He acted some in college and later landed a part with Edgefield Theatre Company in Barefoot in the Park. He also was in the original production, Devil in Petticoats, 2 Parts about the life of Becky Cotton from Edgefield.

“Susie wrote this play,” he said. “She asked me to do the part. It’s the fun part of the show. I get to improvise a lot.”

O’Neal said the play is a fundraiser and all funds will go to future productions.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children by calling (803) 637-3833. For more, go to www.edgefieldtheatre.wordpress.com or like them on Facebook.