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"Opulent scenic design by Martin Flynn and breathtaking costumes by Mary Folino highlight an all-star cast led by Kathryn Brunner as Ella and Brent Thiessen as Prince Topher. Brunner’s kind and gentle demeanor belie powerhouse vocals and complement Thiessen’s charming naivete and earnest desire to do good."

"This beautiful production not only delights in nostalgia, it also breathes progress and power. It’s an uplifting, hopeful, and magical lesson in kindness, compassion, and perseverance."



Theatre Aquarius - Hamilton, Ontario - 2018/19 Season

Directed/ Choreographed by Michael Lichtefeld
Music Direction by Steve Thomas

Brent Thiessen as Buddy
Katie Kerr as Jovie
Victor A Young as Walter Hobbs
Robin Hutton as Emily Hobbs
Jayne Lewis as Deb
Neil Barclay as Santa/ Mr. Greenway
Brendan Forbes as Michael Hobbs

Gabriel Mattka as Michael Hobbs
Ray Hogg as  Macy's Manager

Danielle Benton, Annie Chen, Vanessa Cobham, Ryan Gifford, Krista Leis, Anthony MacPherson, Allison McCaughey, Luke Opdahl, Reece Rowat, Ainsley Roy, Adam Sergison, Joel Taylor


After collaborating together on Thoroughly Modern Millie, Michael Lichtefeld cast me as Buddy in Elf which was being produced by Theatre Aquarius in the 700-seat Irving Zucker Auditorium. The late Victor Young was cast as Walter, Buddy's dad, and this marked our fifth show together. I had a blast with this role and was honored to be mentioned in the Hamilton Spectator's list of Top 10 Theatre Performances from 2018. Elf broke box office records to become the highest-grossing and best-attended production in the theatre's 46-year history. 




"Thiessen is the stand-out. As the innocent elf-like Buddy, discovering the dark side of New York City, with wide-eyed innocence and a full litany of Christmas clichés, he makes you want to take him home and hang him on your Christmas tree."

"Thiessen's presentation is seamless. He transcends us in every way."

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