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Michael Coale Grey lands dream job at Paper Mill

Image of Santa (Paul C. Vogt) and Buddy (James Moye) in a scene from the Paper Mill Playhouse production of "Elf." Michael Coale Grey is the elf far left in red.
Santa (Paul C. Vogt) and Buddy (James Moye) in a scene from the Paper Mill Playhouse production of “Elf.” Michael Coale Grey is the elf far left in red./Photo by Matthew Murphy.


For some lucky few, it’s who you know that gets you your dream job.

But not Michael Coale Grey. It’s what he knows and how well he can deliver it that got him the job as a member of the ensemble in “Elf,” this season’s holiday offering at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ.

Grey, 22, spent nine years as a member of Paper Mill’s Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory — “I grew up there!” — getting to know members of the artistic staff and his way around a theater.

But for the Union, NJ, resident, it was his fourth audition for a show at the “Broadway in your backyard” theater that earned him a coveted spot in the “Elf” cast. (His previous PM auditions included “Newsies,” “High School Musical” and “Grease.”)

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