ELF, THE MUSICAL AUDITIONS

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Audition Information


Audition Dates

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 TH – 5:30-8:30 PM

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 TH – 1:00-4:00 PM

Audition Location

QCMG LOBBY and THEATRE – 1584 34 TH AVENUE, MOLINE IL

Rehearsals

Begining on or about October 5 th , Monday-Friday Evenings

Performance Dates

November 30, December 1, 2, 3, 4

A title known the world over, Elf The Musical is based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema
hit, Elf and features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar (The Wedding Singer) and
Chad Beguelin (Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway), with a book by Tony Award winners,Thomas
Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).

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 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 realities
that his father is on the naughty list and 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.

CASTING

We will be looking for a cast of 25 to 28 consisting of adults of all ages, with 6 to 8 children.
Children must be in 3 rd grade or older to audition. All who audition should prepare up to 32 bars of a
song that best suits your voice. Songs from the show are welcome, but not necessary. Please
bring sheet music for the accompanist, no recorded music will be used. Dress comfortably as you
will be taught a short dance routine prior to auditioning.

If you absolutely are not able to make either of the audition times, we will accept video auditions of
you singing, with accompaniment, up to 32 bars of a song that best suits your voice. Please do not
submit videos of previous performances, concerts or recitals. You may include a 1 minute or less
monologue and a dance routine of up to 2 minutes. Send your video audition and your
completed audition form to: [email protected] no later than 1pm on Sunday, September
18 th . Videos received after that date and time will not be accepted.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

  • Santa Claus – Santa narrates and sings ‘Happy All the Time’ with the Elves/Buddy in the opening, narrates the entr’acte and epilogue of the show and has an additional scene/song in Act II. Santa has a lot on his plate during the Christmas season… He is still the same jolly old St. Nick underneath it all, but the job is getting to him. This is a great role for a character performer who can play an older (and somewhat cranky) man while trying hard to keep his holiday spirit.
    • Gender: Male
    • Vocal range: Bb3 to D5
  • Buddy – Buddy is the perfect elf! He is good-natured, he means well, and he is ‘happy all the time’. There’s only one problem: he’s not an elf; he’s an adult human. Buddy will be an excellent actor, a strong singer, someone who is able to move very well on stage, have a youthful earnestness for everything to do with Christmas and very good comedic timing. Gender: Male. Vocal range: B3 to G5
  • Walter Hobbs – Walter Hobbs, Buddy’s real father, is so focused on keeping his job that he is not making time for his family. He can be stern and unemotional at times, but ultimately, he learns to recommit to his family. He has a strong, authoritative presence, but he reveals a softer side. Walter should appear old enough to have Buddy as a son.
    • Gender: Male
    • Vocal range B3 to E5
  • Emily Hobbs – Emily Hobbs is Walter’s wife who would prefer her husband to spend a little more time with his family. She is a problem solver and devoted mother who strives to provide a positive family dynamic for her son. She has a sense of maturity and warmth. Emily should appear old enough to have Michael as a son.
    • Gender: Female
    • Vocal range: G3 to D5
  • Michael Hobbs – Michael Hobbs is the clever but somewhat neglected son of Walter and Emily. He quickly befriends his new adult brother, Buddy, and works hard to assure Buddy becomes a permanent part of the family. Michael should appear to be approximately 12 years old and have an unchanged singing voice.
    • Gender: Male
    • Vocal range: G3 to D5
  • Jovie – Jovie works as a store elf at Macy’s. But, don’t be mistaken, she doesn’t quite exude the ‘Christmas spirit’. She is kind of cynical, a bit tough around the edges, and is now the target of Buddy’s complete and unending adoration. Jovie will have a strong singing voice, ability to move well on stage and have good comedic timing. Jovie should appear similar in age to Buddy.
    • Gender: Female
    • Vocal range: G3 to Db5
  • Macy’s Store Manager – As the manager of Macy’s, the manager is doing everything possible to make sure all the employees stay in line and keep the customer and the ‘big boss’ satisfied. The manager is a terrific, featured role for a performer with good comedic timing. The Manager should be able to move very well on stage, has many speaking lines and solo singing lines.
    • Gender: Male
    • Vocal Range: Baritone/Tenor
  • Deb – Deb, Walter’s secretary, has the big responsibility of keeping her boss and the whole office working hard and yet, staying happy. She does this by sharing her positive attitude with everyone. She has a pleasant demeanor and efficient work ethic. Deb has approximately 30 speaking lines and has solo singing lines in 3 songs.
    • Gender: Female
    • Vocal range: Mezzo/Alto
  • Mr. Greenway – Mr. Greenway is one of the crankiest businessmen around. He is the big boss with a commanding presence. This could be a stand-alone role or can also be included in some ensemble numbers. Approximately 30 speaking lines and solo singing lines in the song ‘The Story of Buddy, the Elf’.
    • Gender: Male
    • Vocal Range: Baritone/Tenor
  • Chadwick and Matthews – Chadwick and Matthews are staff members at Walter’s office who are always looking to save the day and make their boss happy. These ensemble roles have about 20 speaking lines each with solo singing lines in some production numbers.
    • Gender: Any
    • Vocal Range: Any
  • Sam – Sam is also a featured Greenway Press staff member who has several speaking lines and is a member of the ensemble.
    • Gender: Any
    • Vocal Range: Any
  • Dance Ensemble – Although everyone in the cast will be doing some choreographed movement, we will be looking for 6 to 8 ensemble dancers, ages 16 to adult, for featured dance breaks in some of the production numbers. Some tap experience and/or roller blade skills desired but not required.

THE FOLLOWING ROLES, AND OTHERS, WILL BE FILLED FROM THE ENSEMBLE

  • Charlotte Dennon – a TV reporter with a big personality
  • Charlie – the Head Elf at the North Pole
  • Tiara – Charlie’s Assistant
  • Fake Santa – The Macy’s Toy Department Santa
  • Sad Santa’s (6) – Featured in the song ‘Nobody Cares About Santa’ (these Santa’s will dance)
  • Security Guards/Police Men or Women
  • North Pole Elves – Adult and children elves working in Santa’s Toy Shoppe
  • Greenway Press Office Workers
  • Rockefeller Plaza ‘Ice’ Skaters
  • NYC Shoppers, Passers-by, Families

Production Staff

Director/Set Designer – Kevin Pieper
Music Director – Mitch Carter
Assistant Music Director – Marcia Renaud
Choreographer – Valeree Pieper
Assistant Director – Megan Winchell
Stage Manager – Joe Miller
Costume Designer – Carol Moon
Props Chair – Jenny Williams
Lighting Designer – John Weigandt
Sound Designer – Ryan Mandle
Producer – David Blakey