Town Players of New Canaan is will present as its holiday show the area premier of Harry Connick Jr.’s, The Happy Elf, starring Trumbull actor Emma Cenholt-Haulund.

This heart-warming musical, which features more than a dozen songs by Connick, tells the story of Eubie, the happiest elf at the North Pole. More than anything else, he longs to be a part of Santa’s sleigh team. Instead, he’s stuck checking the naughty-or-nice lists. Until one Christmas Eve he sees something strange: In the whole town of Bluesville, not a single person has been nice. So 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?

According to director Maggie Pangrazio, The Happy Elf is a holiday classic the whole family will enjoy.

Performances of The Happy Elf will take place on Fridays, December 4 and 11 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, December 5 and 12 at 2:30 p.m.; and Sundays, December 6 and 13 at 2:30 p.m. For tickets, call 203-966-7371 or order online at

The Powerhouse Performing Arts Center is located in Waveny Park, 679 South Avenue, New Canaan, CT.