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Theatre Alumnus Takes the Stage in Elf Tour


Story by Alisa Hartman '14

Over the past 10 years, the movie Elf, starring Will Ferrell, has become a holiday favorite. This holiday season, Kyle McIntire ’12 is taking the stage in a winter wonderland alongside Buddy the Elf in the national tour of the musical, Elf.

McIntire, who lives in New York City, had six singing and acting auditions before he got a phone call telling him that he received a role and would be on tour for the next 12 months. 

McIntire is part of the show’s ensemble and normally plays Chadwick, the Macy’s Santa Claus. At his last stop in Pittsburgh, he also played his understudies role as Mr. Greenwell and loved the change up. 

“It was a really fun week of shows in a 28,000-seat theatre. The shows were all sold out,” he said. “It was my first time doing the understudies role, and I jumped right into it. It was a total learning experience and helped make things click.”

This is McIntire’s first tour and one of his favorite parts has been dressing up as Santa, flying around on stage with snow flying all around him. “Being on a stage full of snow is just magical,” he said. 

Behind the scenes, the Elf crew consists of 24 actors and more than 300 costumes, in and out of which the actors frequently change. McIntire has 12 costumes, four of which are different Santa Claus suits. 

“One of my favorite parts of touring is seeing the country. It’s very interesting to me to see parts of the country that I never have before,” he said.

McIntire hopes that Elf will be a good steppingstone in furthering his acting career. After the tour, he will hop aboard a Disney cruise line and perform alongside Otterbein alumna Emma Brock ’12, who is currently a performer on the cruise. 

Advice that McIntire would give to current acting students: “Don’t ever stop fighting for the dream. Never take the answer ‘no’ and keep going.”