Interview With…Georgina Castle

We chatted to Georgina about starring in the revival of Elf the Musical at the Dominion Theatre.

(c)Marc Brenner

Hi Georgina, how does it feel to be part of this production? It feels Sparklejollytwinklejingly….sorry I couldn’t help myself! On a serious note though, I’m so excited to be a part of this production and at this time. We’ve had such a difficult time over the last couple of years and had some bizarre Christmas’ with restrictions etc. so I’m genuinely thrilled to be part of something so completely joyful.

What would you say makes this show so popular with audiences? This show has so much heart. I think its super relatable as well as being camp as Christmas! Buddy represents the child within us all and it allows the entire audience to reconnect with that part of themselves. Too often life can start to dull people’s sparkle or dampen spirits and Elf allows for pure escapism and reconnection with child-like wonder and joy!

How do you see your character Jovie? I love this character. She’s a young woman who was once wide-eyed and full of hope but has put her guard up after some knock backs. She hides her vulnerable heart behind sarcasm and disinterest but actually she’s warm, loving and playful.

Have you a favourite moment in the show? My favourite moment in any show always changes as time goes by but at the moment a real highlight for me is when Michael and Emily sing their duet ‘There is a Santa Claus.’ Rebecca Lock is a total powerhouse and so funny and our Michael’s are all adorable. It’s such an uplifting moment!

How would you describe Elf the Musical? I’d describe it as Christmas on steroids! It’s packed full of charm, comedy, tinsel, family, love and fabulous songs but they’re dangerously catchy. You’ll be humming ‘Buddy the Elf’ until next Christmas!

It is certainly a show to put you in the festive mood – what is your favourite part of Christmas? My favourite part of Christmas is handing out the pressies to my family while we’re sat around the tree in cosy socks and PJ’s. I don’t know how this happened but it’s become tradition that I pass them out and I love it! Along with the mulled wine of course, but in
Sweden we call it Glögg and add almonds and raisins. So yum!

What are you most looking forward to about bringing Elf the Musical to the stage? I’m most looking forward to seeing the children in the audience. I know you’re not meant to
but I love seeing the smiley faces and will always try to sneak a cheeky glance out during a magical moment, and what’s more magical than Santa and a load of elves?!

By Emma Clarendon

Elf the Musical will play at the Dominion Theatre from the 14th November until the 7th January. To book tickets click here.

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