I believe in Santa Claus.
My faith in this imaginary soul was rekindled at the opening night of the Western Canada Theatre stage production of Elf - The Musical.
Sheldon Bergstrom is the perfect happy, singing, dancing, acting Santa Claus. He is an incredible, lovable talent.
Kirk Smith is an exuberant, happy, joyful Buddy. I imagine Smith did months of strenuous calisthenics to prepare for the role.
Mandisa Andrea Volo, a rising and super talented 12-year-old, stars as Michaela and is very impressive.
The heartwarming fantasy premise arrived just in time for Christmas. Our human feelings connect us to that with which we grew up. Elf reminds us that, at this time of year, we need to give love, nurture our friendships and appreciate the innocence of our children.
Elf - The Musical is the best-attended and highest-grossing stage production in the history of Western Canada Theatre, with 11,000 people seeing the show.
Did I mention I believe in Santa Claus and I’m 76 years old?
Editor’s note: Elf - The Musical has two more performances — on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and Wednesday, Dec. 12. Both shows at Sagebrush Theatre begin at 7:30 p.m. For information on ticket availability, go online to wctlive.ca.