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OPEN AUDITIONS: Elf The Musical

Updated: May 5



Elf The Musical

Book By Thomas Meehan & Bob Martin

Lyrics By Chad Beguelin

Directed by Cherie Gullerud

Music Direction By Jim Martinez

Vocal Direction By Mickey Herrin

Choreography By Emily Ferrin

Open Auditions: May 16th & 17th, 2022 5:30pm - 9:30pm By Appointment (www.majestic.org/elf)

Callbacks: May 18th by Invitation at 7:00pm

First Cast Meeting: June 4th, 2022 at 1pm

Rehearsal Timeframe: July 25-November 3, 2022

Evening Performances (7:30pm):

November 4, 10, 11, 17, 18

Matinee Performances (3:00pm):

November 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20

Content Label: General Audiences


The Majestic Theatre (a division of the City of Corvallis Parks and Recreation department) is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to creating a safe place for actors of all backgrounds to explore their craft. We are particularly eager to work with artists of color and other artists from marginalized communities. All auditions are free and open to the public. This audition is for an amateur, volunteer production. The Majestic Theatre staff and volunteers do not discriminate on the basis of age, national origin, race, gender, ethnic background, ability, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or any protected class.


The Majestic Theatre COVID-19 risk mitigation policies will be in place for all auditions, rehearsals, and performances. For more information on the current policy, go to majestic.org/covid-precautions


Auditions will be held in person at the Majestic Theatre via assigned slots signed up for at our SignUpGenius site (www.majestic.org/elf). Children must be 8 and older to audition.


A headshot will be requested to be posted with the cast list.


SHOW SYNOPSIS


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 enormous 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.


FROM THE DIRECTOR Cherie Gullerud


“ELF, The Musical” is based on the beloved New Line Cinema holiday classic, ELF, and features terrific songs written 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).


ELF, The Musical has eleven named roles with a large ensemble of all ages. This fast-paced sugarplum will have you wishing the Holiday season lasted all year-round. Think high-energy, kitschy, Christmas fun with a heart-of-gold; a snow-globe of delight and goodness and hilarity and that’s what this show is all about. Come and play with us! After all, “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing out loud for all to hear.”



PREPARATION NOTES

Please prepare 30 seconds (or 16 bars) of an up-tempo song and bring sheet music for the accompanist. Come prepared to cold read a few lines. Wear comfortable clothes to audition; be ready to move as part of your audition.


Video Auditions: You may submit a video audition. Please record a video on your phone or computer of you performing 30 seconds (or 16 bars) of an up-tempo song email it to elfmajestic@gmail.com by 5PM on May 16th, 2022. Please attach your audition form to the email. Feel free to include what role you’re interested in within the body of the email. Also, if you have one, please attach a headshot image to your audition email. It doesn’t need to be a professional headshot; any clear image of your face will do wonderfully.


If you have any questions, feel free to email elfmajestic@gmail.com and ask!



CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

All characters in Elf the Musical do not have a specific race or ethnic background; we're excited to see a diverse pool of actors audition for all roles.


BUDDY

Character Age: 20s to late 30s

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Male identifying

Vocal Range: Tenor top: C5 bottom: Ab2

Ability/Movement: Buddy is high energy and will require vigorous movement such as jumping and dancing. Other movement talents are a plus!

Character: Buddy is filled with sugarplums and love and though raised by elves desires to meet his human father and will do all in his power to gain his acceptance and affection. Not deterred by human inhibitions, Buddy speaks the truth of what he sees and what he wants. Innocent and kind.



JOVIE

Character Age: 20s to late 30s

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Female identifying

Vocal Range: Alto top: D5 bottom: G3

Ability/Movement: Will require vigorous movement such as jumping and dancing. Must stand on a ladder

Character: Jovie is just trying to make it through another Christmas. Cynical, but with a good heart that needs to be uncovered by the right person. Caught off guard by Buddy’s genuine nature..



WALTER HOBBS

Character Age: 50s to 70s

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Male Identifying

Vocal Range: Baritone top G4 bottom A2

Ability/Movement: General onstage movement with light dancing in some songs

Character: A real Scrooge. Walter is out to make a buck at all costs. His grumpy nature slowly gets softened by Buddy’s annoyingly persistent efforts. Through Buddy’s influence Walter comes to realize the cost of his workaholic nature to his family.



EMILY HOBBS

Character Age: 40’s to 60’s

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Female Identifying

Vocal Range: Alto top Eb5 bottom F3

Ability/Movement: General onstage movement and some dancing

Character: Emily is a strong career woman who supports her husband by letting him work out his own problems. She loves her child and is accepting of Buddy, though she thinks he’s crazy at first.



MICHAEL/MICHELLE HOBBS

Character Age: Late Elementary through Middle School

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Male or Female Identifying

Vocal Range: Mezzo/Countertenor top G5 bottom F3

Ability/Movement: Stage movement and some dancing

Character: Street smart New York raised child. Thrilled with the idea of getting a brother. Misses Dad because he is always working.



DEB/JEB

Character Age: Any

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Vocal Range: Sop/Mezz/Alto top Eb5 bottom D4

Ability/Movement: Adaptable role.

Character: Long-suffering Administrative Assistant to Mr. Hobbs. Comical and whimsical - likes Buddy



MACY’S MANAGER

Character Age: Any

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Vocal Range: Bari/Bass top F4 bottom B2

Ability/Movement: Needs to bustle around the stage, correcting workers

Character: Paranoid that Corporate has sent Buddy to spy and that someone is gunning for their job. Businesslike and unintentionally funny



GREENWAY

Character Age: Older

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/Movement: On stage movement; Needs to show tremendous veritas

Character: The real SCROOGE of the story. Greenway has built up this company and it is all they care about. Tyrannical boss, chair of a Children’s Book Publishing house. Who Walter will turn into if he doesn’t change his ways.



SANTA

Character Age: 65-80

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity: Any

Desired Actor Gender: Male Identifying

Vocal Range: Bass top E4 bottom A2

Ability/Movement: They stay primarily on one side of the stage, seated

Character: Street-Savy, experienced, world-weary - but he’s Santa! Good storyteller, singer. He likes to kick back and watch the game when possible.



CHADWICK

Character Age: mid 20s and up

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity:Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/Movement: On stage movement, dancing

Character: One of Walter’s cronies. Will do anything to keep the job. Not as bright as Matthews.


MATTHEWS

Character Age: mid 20s and up

Character Race: Any

Character Ethnicity:Any

Desired Actor Gender: Any

Ability/Movement: On stage movement, dancing

Character: Another of Walter’s cronies - the schemer of the two


ENSEMBLE

Mrs. Claus, Elves, Charlie (head elf), Tiara (elf), Mr. Narwhal, Teenager, Employees, Security Guard 1&2, Customer 1&2, Saleswoman, Store Elf 1&2, Fake Santas, Child, Mother, Policeman 1&2, Sarah, Jim, Vendor, Waitress, Charlotte, Man, Woman All ages, all genders, all Races and Ethnicities and abilities. The Ensemble represents New Yorkers - store customers, shoppers, publishing house workers, security guards. Many small speaking roles and lots of singing and dancing. Lifting, quick changes, fast entrances and exits required for many roles.


ELVES

Cherie would like to cast children and shorter people as the Elves who are excellent singers and dancers to offset the height difference between Santa’s Elves and the human character of Buddy. Some or all may be Ensemble in other parts of the show. Lifting, quick changes, fast entrances and exits required for many roles.




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