November 7, 2014

Broadway Utica today unveiled a life-size cutout of Buddy the Elf that was created with the help of students at the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES. Buddy was given life as part of an educational partnership between Broadway Utica and two separate BOCES classes, Advertising and Design, led by Instructor Shawn Racioppa, and Construction, led by Rich Waskiewicz.

“We are always looking for ways to partner with local organizations to further educational opportunities for students and expand the reach of the arts within our community,” said John Fehlner, executive director of Broadway Utica. “This was an incredible match up, allowing the students to learn their craft, while they created a magnificent piece of art that is both playful and useful as a promotional tool,” he continued.

“This event is a culmination of what we are all about,” said Howard D. Mettelman, district superintendent of the OHM BOCES. “It is a partnership put together with project-based learning and collaboration. We are thrilled that our students have had an opportunity to learn about all aspects of this event – from design and creation to promotion. We are proud to call Broadway Utica a community partner.”

After his unveiling, Buddy traveled to visit several local area celebrities, allowing individuals to “Elf Yourself.” Buddy will also make his way to the performances of ELF in Utica on November 10 & 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Stanley. Tickets are limited for Monday’s performance and are still available in many prices ranges for Tuesday, November 11.  Call (315) 724-7196 or visit: for more information.

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