Holiday Highlights: The Happy Elf at St. Hugh’s

Thomas DePalo, vice president of St. Hugh of Lincoln Productions and a deacon at the church, talked about this weekend’s performances of the Christmas musical, The Happy Elf.

“The Happy Elf is a wonderful Christmas story about the importance of being kind and spreading that kindness to all we encounter,” DePalo said. “What better way to start the holiday season than to see a heartwarming musical that will leave you smiling and tapping your feet in the jazz style of Harry Connick Jr. Come help St Hugh Productions raise money for the needs of the community. We are excited to see you there. ”

Is this a play or a showing of the movie?

This is a musical based on a 2005 animated film featuring songs by Harry Connick Jr. The film was turned into a live theater musical.

What is St. Hugh Productions–who makes up the group?

St. Hugh productions is a theater group started at the Church over 50 years ago. Pre-COVID it was the longest-running theater group on Long Island. We perform as a ministry to the Church. The money that we raise goes to helping the church and our parishioners. In the past, we have remodeled the bathrooms, the rectory, and the convent kitchens. donated to:

  • Bread of Life Inn
  • St. Hugh Outreach
  • St. Hugh Religious Ed
  • Ukraine Fund
  • The Parish of St. Hugh
  • St. Vincent DePaul Society
  • St. Hugh Golf Outing

and fixed items around our parish center. We are a non-profit organization that performs to help those in need in our parish community. The group is made up of parishioners and members of the town of Huntington. We are an inclusive group that welcomes anyone that would like to help on and off stage.

This production is for all ages?
Yes, the production is for all ages. The Happy Elf tells the tale of Eubie the Elf, a lovable fellow who wants to spread Christmas joy throughout the town of Bluesville. Hoping to introduce a new generation of children to the joys of jazz, Connick has crafted a musical landscape against which Eubie’s story unfolds.

The Happy Elf follows Eubie, the happiest elf at the North Pole. More than anything else, Eubie longs to be a part of Santa’s sleigh team. Instead, he’s stuck checking the naughty-or-nice lists. Then, one Christmas Eve, he sees something strange: in the whole town of Bluesville, not a single person has been nice. With a pinch of elfish magic and a magical whoosh, Eubie’s off to Bluesville. But can he turn a whole town of naughty children nice in just one day?

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