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Citadel Theatre unveils full cast and crew for Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish – The Musical’s holiday extravaganza, December 20-31

Top row L-R: Mia Abraham, Chloe Bassett, Elizabeth Bushell. Middle row L-R: Nico Caputo, Asha Dale Hopman, Bob Sanders. Lower row L-R: Kylie Sullivan, Angelica Jot Tryger, Ashley Veltman.

First Chicago-area production of the musical since its 2019 World Premiere

Full cast and crew have been announced for Citadel Theatre’s holiday season production of ELEANOR’S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS WISH – THE MUSICAL. The musical for kids of all ages by Chicagoans Denise McGowan Tracy and Kathleen Butler-Duplessis is the story of a rag doll who lives with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the North Pole and wishes for a best friend and home of her own. It premiered to critical and popular acclaim in Chicago in 2019 and has been produced around the US since, as well as in a streaming production that was available during the pandemic holiday season of 2020.

CHICAGO ON STAGE’s Karen Topham wrote of the premiere production, “This adorable little show, aimed at children, but fine for the young at heart of all ages, will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart.” CHICAGO PARENT called it “a must on the pre-holiday list… the fun music by composer Kathleen Gibson would keep even Scrooge’s toe tapping and is designed to delight young audiences. The soundtrack is one busy parents wouldn’t hate to put on repeat in the car, while reliving the delightful story.

“ ELEANOR’S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS WISH – THE MUSICAL will play December 20 – 31, 2023 at Citadel Theatre, in residence at the Lake Forest School District West Campus building at 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest. The 18-performance schedule is primarily daytime and early evening curtain times convenient for families with young children.

Director Gregg Dennhardt, who has previously at Citadel directed the company’s Theatre for Young Adults productions of JUNIE B. JONES, WINNIE THE POOH (twice) and JUNIOR CLAUS, is directing this production. His cast includes Elizabeth Bushell (Eleanor), Bob Sanders (Santa Claus), Ashley Veltman (Mrs. Cookie Claus), Kylie Sullivan (Twinkle), Nico Caputo (Sprinkle), Mia Abraham (Sparkle), Chloe Bassett (Clara Claus), Asha Dale Hopman (Noelle), and Angelica Joy Tryger (Holly).

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