Buddy the Elf brings his story of Christmas cheer to Warren stage

Thom Greving portrays Buddy the Elf, the character he will be playing in the Pulse Opera House’s upcoming Christmas season production of “Elf, Jr.” Performances of the family-friendly show are slated for Dec. 1 to 3, 8 to 10 and 15 to 17.
Thom Greving portrays Buddy the Elf, the character he will be playing in the Pulse Opera House’s upcoming Christmas season production of “Elf, Jr.” Performances of the family-friendly show are slated for Dec. 1 to 3, 8 to 10 and 15 to 17. Photo provided.

The Pulse Opera House is kicking off the Christmas season with a production of “Elf, Jr.”

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

The Pulse production features its youngest actors. Thirty-two local and area youths, ages 7 to 18 years old, will bring this musical version of the classic Christmas movie to life. In addition to the regular performances, classes from Huntington, Wells and Grant counties will attend special daytime performances. Students from Eastbrook, Lancaster (Bluffton), Lincoln, Northwest, Riverview, Salamonie and Southern Wells will attend.

Featured songs include “Sparklejollytwinklejingley,” “Never Fall in Love With an Elf” and “There is a Santa Claus.”
“Elf, Jr.” is presented through special arrangement with, and all authorized performance materials are supplied by, Music Theatre International, in New York, NY.

In promotion of the production, elf dolls have been hidden at businesses in Warren, Huntington, Roanoke and Bluffton. Upon finding an elf, people are encouraged to take a picture with it and share the image on social media, using the hashtag “#Elfie” and tagging both the Pulse and the business’ social media accounts.

The production’s performances are scheduled for Dec. 1 through 3, 8 through 10 and 15 through 17.

There is a charge for tickets, with a reduced fee for children ages 12 and under. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m.; Sunday shows are at 4 p.m.

The theater is located at 127 1/2 Wayne St., Warren. Reservations may be made online at www.pulseopera  house.org or by leaving a message at 375-7017.