Yep, Christmas in June. And why not?
Directed by Rose London, solo show “Bunny the Elf LIVE!,” is both a funny and touching amalgamation of writer and actress Christi Pedigo‘s imaginative YouTube webisodes/Amazon Prime series, “Bunny the Elf,” with some fresh new material, and is now playing at Stephanie Feury Studios at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Bunny wants to follow her dreams of a life in musical theatre, but her parents want her to get a “real” job. With “musical theatre auditioner” on her resume–and being the (painfully) honest person that she is–Bunny finds that her job options are a bit limited until she lands a holiday temp gig as a toy store Christmas elf.
Ever ready and festively dressed (try not to covet those shoes,) Bunny embarks to work for “one of the best humans ever!”– a dream come true. Endlessly sparkling and positive, she’s loaded with anecdotes on the joys (and perils) of spreading holiday cheer, motivating in “Elf” meetings (“Elfin’ Rocks!”), encouraging (and corraling) customers, and generally elfing around.
But not everything is sugar cookie coated and dusted with sprinkles. There is that occasional mean or selfish child, belligerent customer, or rude or “handsy” adult, that makes Bunny wonder why they aren’t truly worried about risking that naughty list.
In lieu of Bunny’s failures, her untainted charm, innocence, honesty, sincere love of people and genuine desire to be of help, succeed.
Highlights are drunk Bunny at the store’s Holiday party and an ultimate reveal that tucked away for Bunny is a real “gift.”
“Bunny the Elf LIVE!” brings joy just when we need it most.
“Bunny the Elf LIVE!” is at the Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre at 5636 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038. plays June 29, 2019, at 7 p.m., however, stay tuned for potential encore dates at the venue.
BUNNY THE ELF LIVE! will also be at STAGES in Fullerton, CA on November 30, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. and December 7, 2019, at 4:30 p.m.