5 Questions: Bernard Dotson

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5 Questions is a series by Steve Duffy –

Bernard Dotson is excited to be part of “ELF The Musical,” which tells the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember their inner ELF.

SD: What role to you play in Elf?

BD: I play the store manager.

SD: Why do you think the movie and now the musical have become holiday favorites?

BD: The stage show brings music and song to life which the movie doesn’t have. Both the musical and the film helps you remember the magic of the holidays and family. 

SD: What is the greatest challenge bringing a beloved holiday movie to life on stage?

BD: Everyone has expectations that the musical is going to be like the movie. The great part of the theatre is you are watching the story unfold in real time and you can go on the journey along with the actors.  

SD: What is your favorite part about traveling during the holidays and being part of a holiday themed stage show?

BD: This is the first-time that I am involved in a holiday show. It has been a wonderful experience. The joy for me is getting to know the cast and creating a new family.

SD: Do you have a favorite holiday movie?

BD: I love “This Christmas” and “Home for the Holidays.”

For more information on Bernard, visit www.bernarddotson.com Tickets for ELF The Musical are on sale now and are available at the Boch Center Box Office, www.Bochcenter.org, by calling (800) 982-ARTS (2787), and via Ticketmaster.

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