Age 15. Role: Friedrich, 14.
“First off: everything,” the San Diego-based Elliot says about what he likes on the road. “Getting to be in the snow — that was pretty crazy. It was snowing a lot when we were in Waterbury, Connecticut. ”
Sitting in the owners’ box at a Washington Nationals game when Nicholas Rodriguez, the show’s Captain von Trapp, sang the national anthem was a perk.
“There’s only been one time where I was, ‘Oh, I miss home,’ ” he says. “It’s nice to have a family dynamic that my mom can be here. She can actually work on the road while my dad is back at home with my siblings.”
Homework? “It’s actually kind of easier,” says Elliot, who worked with the tutor connected with the show. Study hours are usually 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., although it’s summer break now. Outside interests used to include gymnastics, but that’s been refined to tumbling. Also now, photography on the smartphone.
The grind of the road? “It’s really not as hard as I thought,” he says. “But if I had to narrow it down, it’s just having to do the show even if you’re tired or not feeling well. You’ve just got to push through.”