Tony Award Winner Michael Rupert to Join the Cast of the Happy Elf Musical runs November 12-28, 2010, at Montgomery College

Adventure Theatre, the longest-running children’s theatre in the Washington, D.C. area, and Montgomery College, Maryland’s largest community college, announce Tony Award winner and Helen Hayes nominee Michael Rupert (Legally Blonde, Ragtime, Sweet Charity) will join the cast of The Happy Elf as Norbert, the tightly-wound head of the Naughty and Nice Department. Directed by Tony Award Winner John Rando (Urinetown), The Happy Elf marks an exciting addition to Adventure Theatre’s 59th season and Montgomery College’s fall performing arts season. The musical, based on a song by Harry Connick Jr., will run from November 12 to November 28, 2010, at Montgomery College’s Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center in Rockville.

Michael Rupert won both a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for his work in the revival of Sweet Charity. Additionally, he received Tony Award nominations for his roles in Falsettos and The Happy Time. Other Broadway appearances include Legally Blonde, Mail, Shakespeare’s Cabaret, Pippin, and City of Angels. He also created the role of Marvin in the Off-Broadway productions of Falsettoland and March of the Falsettos. Regionally, he has performed in The Full Monty, The Diary of Anne Frank, A New Brain (Helen Hayes Nomination), Golden Boy, Fiddler on the Roof, Don’t Stop the Carnival (Carbonell nomination), Merchant of Venice, 3 Guys Naked from the Waist Down (Drama Desk nomination), and Streets of America.

Michael Bobbitt, producing artistic director of Adventure Theatre, believes this show’s talent will make this production truly unique and engaging. “Having Harry Connick Jr., John Rando and Michael Rupert come together for this production is a dream come true. We are also blessed with a gifted cast of professional actors, Montgomery College students, and production artists. Their talent, creativity and energy will certainly get area families into the holiday spirit.”

The Happy Elf is the first collaboration between Adventure Theatre and Montgomery College. It tells the story of Eubie, a North Pole elf who hopes to bring Christmas joy to the sad little town of Bluesville in exchange for a coveted spot on Santa’s sleigh team.

Tickets can be purchased through the Montgomery College Box Office by calling 240-567-5301 or online at www.montgomerycollege.edu/pac. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for Montgomery College students and children under 12. Student matinee tickets are $10. Group rates are also available. All performances will take place at Montgomery College’s Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, located on the Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Maryland.

The press performance will be held November 13 at 7 p.m. For more information on Adventure Theatre’s upcoming 2009-2010 season, visit www.adventuretheatre.org or call Amanda Russell at 301-634-2267. For more information about Montgomery College, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu or call Elizabeth Homan at 240-567-7970.

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