Auditions for Elf the Musical Jr are open to anyone age 6 to 18, and we need all of you to make this a “sparklejollytwinklejingley” show!
Roles to be cast are listed below (thanks to MTI, the show’s licencing agency). More details about the show and music are on the MTI website too. Roles are listed in approximate order of appearance in the show.
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. 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.
The Elves are Santa’s special helpers who love their job making toys to meet their Christmas Eve deadline. The Elf Ensemble will open the show with a big song and dance number!
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. This role is perfect for a young man who is an excellent actor and good singer who has the energetic earnestness and comedic timing that Buddy needs.
Charlie is in charge of monitoring the other Elves, making sure every present is wrapped and every bow is tied. This is a role for a young performer with a good speaking voice, someone who is comfortable taking command of the stage and 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. This is a role for a good actor with a clear speaking voice for this very important moment in the story.
Sam is one of Walter’s Office Staff who is in a bind at the top of the show. A young performer with a good speaking voice and strong character choices will do the trick.
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. This is a role for a great actor with a strong, authoritative presence, but who can also show 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. This is a plum role for a young woman with a pleasant demeanor, yet efficient work ethic, who is a solid comedic actor with a good speaking voice.
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. This is a role for an excellent actress and singer who effortlessly conveys a sense of maturity and warmth.
Michael Hobbs is the smarter-than-average 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.
The Security Guards are a stern duo from Walter’s office, making sure everyone who enters has permission. These are roles for a duo that works well together and fits the bill for a tough pair. They’ll also join a song and dance number held in the office.
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. This is a great ensemble role for a young woman with some stage experience. She’ll also take part in the showstopping Macy’s song and dance number!
The Manager is a terrific featured acting role for a performer with good comedic timing. As the manager of Macy’s, she’s doing everything she can to make sure all the employees stay in line. She’ll also join in the Macy’s showstopper, and has an important scene with Buddy later in the show.
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. This is a fantastic role for a young woman with a strong singing voice and acting chops.
Santa’s Helper works as a Macy’s employee and announces when each kid gets to visit with Santa. This is a good ensemble role for a comedic performer with a loud voice. Santa’s Helper also joins the Macy’s showstopping number.
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. Fake Santa should be played by a performer who is unafraid of being a little over-the-top and has good physical control of his body.
Police Officers are a friendly pair of cops who return Buddy to the Hobbs household. These are perfect featured roles for two ensemble members.
Sarah is a staff member at Walter’s office. This is a nice role for an actor with a good singing voice. She is part of the song and dance number held in the office.
Mr. Greenway is one of the crankiest businessmen around. He is the big boss, so this is a fun role for a strong actor with a commanding presence.
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. These are roles for a pair of good character actors who work well with each other and are able to drive the action of scenes.
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. This is a great role for a young woman with professional charisma and someone who can make strong acting choices.
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. These are roles for two actors with nice singing voices and some acting experience to take on these small, but featured, roles.
The Ensemble includes New Yorkers, Macy’s Employees, shoppers, and some Rockefeller Center and Central Park scene-setters. A few ensemble members will have featured singing lines.
Auditions are on September 12 and 14. NBYT is also looking for teenagers to help backstage and as spotlight operators. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-515-8115 with interest.