September 9, 2019

Elf the Musical

By Lisa Larson


Since its 2003 debut on the silver screen, the film Elf has become a must-watch Christmas movie tradition for many people. All the magic of the movie is now coming to life on stage with more music, more dancing, and more festive fun in the heart-warming production of Elf the Musical at Tuacahn this holiday season.

While you’re nestled inside the cozy indoor Hafen Theatre, you’ll be transported to the North Pole and New York City as you follow the journey of Buddy the Elf, who discovers his true parentage and ultimately tries to restore the Christmas spirit to everyone he meets.

“I cannot overemphasize how clever and funny this musical is,” exclaimed Peggy Hickey, director. “It’s shockingly uplifting, even for any ‘bah humbuggers’ that might be out there. From the tap-dancing elves to the expertly-crafted music and lyrics, it’s just a sparkly, jolly holiday treat that is fun for everyone.”

The illuminating nature of this holiday show is due not only to the cheerful music and brightly colored costumes but also to the inventive and creative set design. The LED backdrop in the Hafen Theatre, under the “brilliant” design direction of Hana Sooyeon Kim, transforms the set into a children’s pop-up book. “Her work is just dreamy,” Hickey said.

Outside the theater, the annual Christmas in the Canyon sets the tone for additional holiday memories. With thousands of lights illuminating the red rock canyon and the smell of hot cocoa wafting through the air, it’s pure magic—before, during, and after the show. 

Come and be part of a delightful Christmas tradition with Elf the Musical, running November 21 through December 21, in the Hafen Theatre at Tuacahn. Tickets start at just $24. Log onto for more information. 


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