Cullman High brings Christmas cheer with ‘Elf: The Musical’

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Buddy (Devon Campbell) Jovie (Reagan Martin) and the Hobbs family help New Yorkers find the Christmas Spirit in “Elf: The Musical.”  (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – On Friday evening, Cullman High School Performing Arts premiered “Elf: The Musical” to an excited crowd at the high school auditorium. The audience was treated to song, dance, touching drama, and of course, a huge dose of laughter.

A few minutes before the curtain opened, Director/CHS Theatre teacher Wayne Cook told The Tribune, “We’re ready. We’ve been working all day today to get everything together, so it’s been more of a rat race than I’m used to on these opening nights, but it’s been great. I didn’t even get a chance to dress out; I’m wearing my T-shirt tonight, that’s fine! I think it’s going to be fun. We’re excited about it and got a lot of things done, so I think they’re ready and we’re looking forward to presenting it to the community. I told them, you know, this is a great gift to the community here in Cullman for Christmas. That’s what we kind of view it as.”

Choral Director Sarah Jane Skinner said, “This show has been a whirlwind. We’ve put it together fairly fast, because we’ve done two productions this semester instead of our usual one. But I think the kids have been really successful, and they’ve worked really hard, and I think it’s going to be a fun show that everybody’s going to enjoy.”

CHS Principal Kim Hall was in attendance for opening night, and told The Tribune, “I love to brag on our performing arts program, our fine arts program in general. We’ve just been able to add so many different aspects to the program. You see our art students are out here tonight; they’ve participated in the visual arts. Our dance, our music students, our choir and our theater: we are just so excited to showcase their talents for our community. We really appreciate the support of the community so we can make this happen.”

Cast and crew

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

Performances continue Saturday and Monday.

At a glance

Cullman Performing Arts presents “Elf: The Musical”

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

Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.

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

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Buddy (Devon Campbell) helps his new-found family find the Christmas spirit. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)
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