Elf the Musical

Students in the Fine Arts Academy

The Harrisonburg High School Fine Arts Academy, developed and implemented in 2013, is an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and experiential learning community that prepares students for a lifelong career, passion, and/or appreciation of creativity through the arts. The curriculum, built around the value of learning and understanding through the lens of the community, is also designed to ensure individual student growth. Critical thinking and advanced problem solving is demanded from each student through their development of creative intensity. Students are accepted into the academy through an audition process as an 8th or 9th grade student.



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The following cast and pit members are students in our Fine Arts Academy.

Julie Beshoar

Julie Beshoar

Cast: Flyer Guy

This is Julie’s first HHS production but she was Gertrude McFuzz in the SKMS production of Seussical, Jr.

Jade Chao

Jade Chao

Cast: North Pole Elf, Macy's Elf, Teenager and Stage Manager

This is Jade’s first HHS production but her past roles include Nikko in The Wizard of Oz, Jr., Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Jr., and The Cat in Seussical, Jr.

Amara Clancey

Amara Clancey

Pit: Violin

This is Amara’s first time in the pit. She was on the crew for Hairspray and on the crew for Shrek, Jr. at THMS.

Natalie Corso

Natalie Corso

Cast: Boy Elf

Natalie was in musical for four years at THMS; she was the Ugly Duckling in Shrek, Jr. and the Stepmother in Into the Woods, Jr. 

Emma Gibson

Emma Gibson

Cast: Matthews

Emma played Teen Fiona in Shrek, Jr., Darcy in Darcy’s Cinematic Life and the Witch in Into the Woods, Jr., all at THMS

Ari Han

Ari Han

Cast: Fake Santa #2

Pit: Piano

Through musical magic, Ari is both in the pit and onstage for his first HHS production. He has previous experience in THMS drama productions.

Anna Koubek

Anna Koubek

Pit: Alto Sax

This is Anna’s third year in the pit. She is in FAACL for visual art.

Mia Lemon

Mia Lemon

Cast: Jovie

This is the third HHS musical for Mia who was one of The Dynamites in Hairspray

Anya Newman

Anya Newman

Cast: North Pole Elf/Charlotte Dennon

Anya completes her perfect record of four years at HHS and four musicals. She also performs with Color Guard and HHS dance.

Kate Nichols

Kate Nichols

Cast: Boy

Kate was part of the Corny Council in Hairspray. She has studied dance at Ballet Extensions and with the Rockingham Ballet Theater.

Ellie Peeks

Ellie Peeks

Cast: Elf #2

Last year Ellie was Daphne in Good Kids and was in the ensemble in Hairspray. 

Sophia Pimentel Yoder

Sophia Pimentel Yoder

Cast: Saleswoman

Sophia was in both one act and musical productions at THMS, and most recently was Cinderella in Into the Woods, Jr. 

Cecelia Thomas

Cecelia Thomas

Cast: Emily Hobbs

This is Cecelia’s fourth HHS musical. She is in Honors Choir and C-Crew.

Eleanor Tjaden

Eleanor Tjaden

Cast: Store Elf #2

This is Eleanor’s first HHS production but she was in many productions at THMS and mostly recently was cast as Florinda in Into the Woods, Jr. 

Rose Trainum

Rose Trainum

Cast: Security Guard, Police

Rose did sound for Legally Blonde and was stage manager for Hairspray.

Azalea Twining

Azalea Twining

Cast: Buddy the Elf

Azalea was the Matron in Hairspray, Kylie in Good Kids, Amber in Out for Winter Break and Aumerle in Richard II at the Shakespeare Youth Forum.

Ellie Velker

Ellie Velker

Cast: Deb

Ellie was Prudy Pingleton in Hairspray and was in Good Kids. She has been in many community theater and THMS productions.

Ella Young

Ella Young

Cast: Tiara

At THMS Ella was a Newsie in Newsies and in the ensemble for Matilda. Last year at HHS she was in the ensemble for Hairspray.