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Warren Arts spreads cheer
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Evan Wilson, left, plays Santa Claus, while Carter Cantrell portrays Buddy the Elf as they share Christmas joy through an excited embrace during the Warren Arts production of “Elf: The Musical Jr.” beginning this Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. - photo by Atlanta Northcutt

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear while attending the Warren Arts production of “Elf: The Musical Jr.”

Warren Arts is taking audience members along for the journey as Buddy the Elf leaves the North Pole to venture into New York City where he finds his father and ultimately saves Christmas while encountering many humorous situations.

“I think it’s a great show for all ages to enjoy,” says co-director Sheri Garrett. “It’s a wonderful family event to experience right before the holidays.”

“Elf: The Musical Jr.” has a cast of approximately 35 young adults from ages 10 to 18 whom turn a beloved Christmas movie into a stage play. Some cast members are seasoned performers while others will be setting foot on the Warren Arts stage for the first time.

Opening night will take place this Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. All tickets are $12 per person. The performances will be held this weekend and the following weekend from Friday, Dec. 13 to Sunday, Dec. 15. All Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7 p.m. The two Sunday shows will be 2 p.m. matinees.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, the lobby of Warren Arts will be turned into a Christmas wonderland and hold a special breakfast with Buddy from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance for the breakfast at

Garrett and Julie Cantrell are co-directors of the musical. The main character, Buddy the Elf, is played by Carter Cantrell during the first weekend and Kaden Hobbs the next. Santa Claus’ character is performed by Evan Wilson, and Buddy’s love interest, Jovie, is played by both Dylan Womack and Sophia Hunt.

“It’s really fun to play Buddy,” says Cantrell. “He is very energetic, and loves Christmas a lot.”

“There have been a lot of laughs, both onstage and off,” adds Womack. “I love the background singing when we all come together to create a great Christmas harmony.” 

Tickets can be purchased at the box office the day of the musical or pre-purchased by calling (931) 668-ARTS or visiting Warren Arts is located at 5482 Manchester Highway in Morrison.