This year, Adam Poole is taking on the iconic role of Crumpet, an elf at Macy's Santaland display.
It's based on the real experiences of writer David Sedaris, who according to imdb.com grew up in Raleigh. It relives the up's, and mostly down's, of his time as an elf, including degrading costumes, frenzied parents, and the chaos on Christmas Eve.
"It's a really fun show because he does complain a lot about his job and he does have certain observations of people that are very cynical, and he looks at the world very negatively in certain ways but also in a very real way and he has a certain positive outlook in the end," said Poole. "It does have a redeeming quality in the end, however cynical and jaded he can be throughout the entire show. In the end he does have a heart."
The show is basically one big monologue with some breaks by a trio of singers. That means Poole is on stage almost entirely by himself for an hour.
"No one can save me if I go up on a line or something like that, so it forces me to improv a lot and it forces me to stay on my feet and focus, all of which an actor really needs and I really hope that I can do it," said Poole. "I was really happy to have the opportunity to further challenge myself as an actor and really put myself out there and discover what I can learn from this experience."