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Animated holiday movie to premiere Nov. 21 at Paramount

Nov. 09, 2009 @ 12:00 AM

ASHLAND -- The premiere of the animated holiday movie "Elf Sparkle meets Christmas the Horse," will take place Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Paramount Arts Center.

The red carpet celebration will begin at 9 a.m. and will feature a celebrity stop and a screening of the movie. There will also be a live concert following the screening. It will be led by musical director Dan Drilling.

Tickets to the premiere are $10 and $20.

The movie's premise is that a fierce rainstorm has Santa's sleigh stuck in the mud of Horseshoe Pond in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Christmas the Horse, with her gallant beauty and tender heart, comes to the rescue. With the help of Elf Sparkle and her magic dust, Santa is able to give Christmas the Horse the gift of flying.

The soundtrack, which includes 11 Christmas songs featured in the movie, will also be available with the release of the film.

"We are so excited to finally see the vision of this film come into fruition," said producer Beth Roose, in a news release. "I have always thought that you must make each day count by making a contribution to the world. It's important for all of you to have dreams, to have a vision, to know where you want to go and to reach for the stars. It took me 10 years to achieve my dream, and I couldn't be more proud."

There will also be a cocktail reception at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, featuring some of the film's actors including Ed Faulkner (Elf Ziggy), Margaret O'Brien (Miss Coyote) and Richard Chavez (Buzzoose).

The entire event will take place in conjunction with the Paramount's annual Festival of Trees and Trains, which feature approximately 150 trees designed and decorated by professional decorators, schools in the Tri-State, as well as community organizations. The trees are available for purchase via a silent auction. Proceeds go to various children's programs provided by the Paramount throughout the year.

For information about the premiere or other Festival of Trees and Trains activities, call the Paramount Arts Center at 606-324-3175 or go online to www.paramountartscenter.com.

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