Announcing Auditions for…
Elf the Musical JR.
A Playmakers Young Professionals Production
Book by Thomas Meehan & Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Based on the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum
Directed by Bailey Wax
Musical Direction by Lisa Smith
Choreography by Tony Collins
December 7 – 16, 2018
Performances at the Reilly Theatre on LSU’s Campus
Auditions for youth actors ages 8-17 will be held Monday, October 22nd from 5:00-8:00pm.
Callbacks will be held the following day, Tuesday, October 23rd from 5:00-8:00pm, and will consist of cold reading and singing from the script.
There is a $225 production fee for all youth actors.
Auditions and callbacks will be held at LSU’s Music and Dramatic Arts Building in Room 135.
Rehearsals for Elf the Musical JR. will be held Monday through Friday, October 29th – December 5th, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm each evening.
For auditions, actors are asked to prepare no longer than 32 bars of a Broadway-style song. Please bring sheet music with you to your audition, an accompanist will be provided.
To secure an audition time, please email email@example.com with your young actor’s name and age.
About Elf the Musical JR.
Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity.
Based on the cherished New Line Cinema hit, Elf the Musical JR. features songs by Tony Award-nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, with a book by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin.
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 reality that his father is on the naughty list and that 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.
**Playmakers is interested in collaborating with actors 8 years of age and older of all races, ethnicities, and identities. All casting is flexible and is at Playmakers’ discretion.**
Santa Claus has a lot on his plate during the Christmas season, and it is starting to show. He is annoyed with the Elves, tired of lying to Buddy and sad that people seem to be losing their Christmas spirit. He is still the same jolly old St. Nick underneath it all, but the job is getting to him. An older (and somewhat cranky) man trying hard to keep his holiday spirit.
Buddy is the perfect elf! He s good-natured, he means well, and he’s happy all the time. There’s only one problem – he’s not an elf, he’s an adult human. A young man who has energetic earnestness and comedic timing.
The Elves are Santa’s special helpers who love their job – making toys to meet their Christmas Eve deadline.
Charlie is in charge of monitoring the other Elves, making sure every present is wrapped and every bow is tied. Charlie has authority over the rest of the Elves, but always remains friendly.
Shawanda is a dependable and caring elf. She will do whatever she can to help out others, including Buddy, even though she accidentally reveals that he is a human.
Sam is one of Walter’s Office Staff who is in a bind.
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. Walter has a strong, authoritative presence, but also shows his softer side.
Deb, Walter’s secretary, has the big responsibility of keeping her boss and the whole office happy. She does this by sharing her positive attitude with everyone. Deb has a pleasant demeanor, yet efficient work ethic.
Emily Hobbs is Walter’s devoted wife who would prefer her husband to spend a little more time at home. She is a problem solver and an excellent mother who is doing everything she can to provide a positive family dynamic. Emily conveys a sense of maturity and warmth.
Michael Hobbs is the smarter-than-average 12-year-old son of Walter and Emily. He quickly befriends his new adult brother, Buddy, and does everything he can to make sure Buddy becomes a permanent part of the family.
Security Guard #1 and Security Guard #2 are a stern duo from Walter’s office, making sure everyone who enters has permission.
The Saleswoman is the first person to greet Buddy as he enters Macy’s. She’s the consummate sales person: smiling, overfriendly, and always trying to sell something.
As the manager of Macy’s, he’s doing everything he can to make sure all the employees stay in line.
Jovie works as a store elf at Macy’s, but don’t be mistaken, she doesn’t quite exude the Christmas spirit. She’s kind of cynical, a bit tough around the edges, and now the target of Buddy’s complete adoration.
Santa’s Helper works as a Macy’s Employee and announces when each kid gets to visit with Santa.
Fake Santa is a poor replacement for the real Santa. He s an employee of Macy’s who is a bit rough around the edges.
Policeman #1 and Policeman #2 are a friendly pair of cops who return Buddy to the Hobbs household.
Sarah is a staff member at Walter’s office.
Mr. Greenway is one of the crankiest businessmen around. He is the big boss with a commanding presence.
Chadwick and Matthews
Chadwick and Matthews are staff members at Walter’s office who are doing everything they can think of to save the day and make their boss happy.
Charlotte Dennon is a TV reporter with a big personality. She does her best to keep her professional persona in public and doesn’t like being shown up. Charlotte oozes professional charisma.
Darlene Lambert and Emma Van Brocklin
Darlene Lambert and Emma Van Brocklin are on the scene in Central Park and are convinced of Santa’s magic after Buddy reveals their past Christmas gifts.
The Ensemble, including New Yorkers, Comforting New Yorker, Macy’s Employees, Macy’s Employee #1, Members of the Rockefeller Crowd, Office Staff, Business Woman, Flyer Guys, Teenager, Jogger, Carolers, Passerby, Children and Parents all create the distinct worlds of the North Pole and New York City.