‘Elf: The Musical’ opens Friday at Cullman High School

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Buddy (Devon Campbell) doesn’t quite fit in at Santa's workshop, but he’s still as happy as can be. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Need some Christmas cheer? Cullman Performing Arts may just have the answer! On Friday evening, the Cullman High School (CHS) theater group will open “Elf: The Musical,” a stage adaptation of the iconic 2003 New Line Cinema motion picture. Come watch Buddy the not-quite-an-elf leave the North Pole to reunite with his father, a cynical New York book publisher, and spread the Christmas spirit through a city dangerously short on it.

Director/CHS Theatre teacher Wayne Cook told The Tribune, “It’ll be something fun for kids and for families, and that’s part of why we’ve done it. It’s gone well. Our kids have done a great job, and we’ve just got to put the last-minute details together before Friday. But we’re getting there.”

The “wow factor”

Cook said a new feature and a big part of the spectacle of this show is the use of projected images for backdrops. Traditional stage dressing and props combine with movie theater-sized screen images for eye-catching and rapidly changeable scenery. 

Said Cook, “It’s going to be fun! It’s different. It has a lot of moving parts and things, projection and stuff, so it’s kind of a different look.”

Up to the challenge of multiple productions

Said Cook, “We just have a lot going on. We’ve done two productions this fall. We did our one-act competition for (the Walter) Trumbauer (Theatre Festival), and so we worked on that. We took ‘The Hunchback (of Notre Dame’- www.cullmantribune.com/2019/11/06/chs-theatre-hosts-district-trumbauer-festival-racks-up-awards/). It’s just been a challenge to do both, but our kids have done it.”

Big production, big team

Cullman’s production of “Elf: The Musical” follows the trend of recent CHS productions in being able to boast a huge cast and crew, including:

Theater Director – Wayne Cook

Choral Director – Sarah Jane Skinner

Choreography – Noehi Nehaui

Stage Manager – Olivia Wood

Cast

  • Buddy – Devon Campbell
  • Jovie – Reagan Martin
  • Walter Hobbs – Sam Jones
  • Michael Hobbs- Parker Powell
  • Emily Hobbs – Laci New
  • Deb – Mary Claire Page
  • Chadwick – Lake Murphree
  • Matthews – Caleb Brown
  • Macy’s Store Manager – Graffin Shaddrix
  • Greenway – Domenico Brunetti
  • Santa Claus – Grant Holland
  • Claus – Chandler Greer
  • Charlie – Caleb Brown
  • Tiara – Olivia Noblett
  • Fake Santa – Trent Lee
  • Police – Clay Brown and David Goymer
  • Charlotte (news anchor) – Madison Smith
  • Chinese Restaurant Waitress – Emiley Gable
  • Sam (Greenway Employee) – Tiffany Dotson
  • Sara (Greenway Employee) – Madison Smith
  • Jim (Greenway Employee) – Gage Carpenter
  • Macy’s Saleswoman – Anabelle Howse
  • Mother at Macy’s – Olivia Noblett
  • Souvlaki Vendor – Clay Brown
  • Children at Macy’s – Aiden Wisner, Graham Dean, Carter Cook
  • Emma Van Brocklin – Bailey Smith
  • David – David Goymer

 

Ensemble – Trent Lee, Gracie Smith, Olivia Noblett, Emiley Gable, Gage Carpenter, Jubal Lindsey, Madison Smith, Annabelle Howze, Felicity Widok, Angelina Hughes, Harrison Drake, Jenn Netherton, Avery Drake, Jaden Whaley, Bailey Smith, Livia Laney, James Kelsey, Olivia Wood, Jake Palmer, Domenico Brunetti, Sayra Milne

Stage Crew Olivia Wood, Bailey Smith, Sara Reeves, Alyssa Tancredi, Livia Laney, Anna Page, Jamie Jowers, Jake Wachter, Jacob Dye, Morgan Shikle, Morgan Schultz, Zonna Parr, Zach Holmes, James Kelsey, Cody Goodwin, Peyton Burgess, Matt Foster, Kaitlin Cockrell Tech Crew – Claude Thomas, Mya Arnold, Caden Glimpse, Nevada Kilburn, Kaitlyn Smith, Anabelle Howze, Emiley Gable

Dancers Haley Aviles, Amberly Brown, Coleman Callan, Ella Chris, Jaqueline De Jesus, Emma Dodd, Kameron Elder-Hart, Katie Heaton, Madison Helton, Olivia Hudson, Presley LaFon. Kasey Mann,Sheldon Marti, Emily Mondragon, Ani Reichert, Carlee Roberts, Gabrielle Robinson, Synne Skaarseth, Graciella Smith, Katherine Smith, Lexi Sumerall, Natalie Thrasher, Danica Vo, Lily West

Choir – Maddie Bagwell, Jade Barbee, Caitlin Bates, Emiley Beckman, Cassie Benfield, Emma Bruce, Ashlei Bryant, Reagan Campbell, Ragan Canter, Cannon Carmichael, Foster Carmichael, Bella Carroll, Claire Chandler, Lauren Chapin, Kristin Chau Le, Connor Combs, Maggie Doyal, Brianna Feid, Katelin Ferrell, Cameron Gay, Chelsea Hallmark, Tristan Hanvey, Zach Harbison, Rae Hulsey, Bailey Hurn, Kayla Johnson, Kristi Johnson, Victoria Kammerlocher, Maggie Keeton, Emma Kilgo, Anna Lee, Emily Leigeber, Angela Lejarazo, Em Lindsey, Allison Loggins, Axel Medina, Elizabeth Mena, Kelli Mikus, Destiny Murillo, Thomas Myers, Audrey Nicholas, Dax Olszowka, Anna Page, Ronny Peoples, Brandon Pipes, Emma Kate Price, Holli Rowan, Nic Ruse, Ashton Shelton, Olivia Shelton, Haylee Smith, Lauren Smith, Madison Spell, Karli Swann, Shianne Taylor, Jessie Thiot, Cici Tran, Bercy Valverde, Mary Watwood, Lydia Wells, Colette Whitney, Stevie Wilson, AJ Woods, Selena Yanez, Marcos Zapien, Monica Zapien

At a glance

Cullman Performing Arts presents “Elf: The Musical”

Cullman High School auditorium, 510 13th St. NE, Cullman

Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.

Tickets sold at the door: $10 adults, $5 children

 

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Santa (Grant Holland) uses a New York snow globe to help Buddy (Devon Campbell) find his human father. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)
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