ELF Jr Auditions
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.
This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make every young performer embrace his or her “inner elf” with plenty of large ensemble numbers featuring elves and (New Yorkers) of every type.
This cast will be comprised of youth from 6 years old to 19 years old.
We welcome first time performers and experienced performers. We understand not everyone can sing or dance, we accept all skill levels and work with those who are offered roles to find a way to make you comfortable and shine on stage.
If you don’t want to be on stage but still would like to be involved, we have roles you can participate in backstage or with lights and sound.
ROLLS TO BE FILLED:
All Auditionees will be given equal consideration. No roles have been pre-cast. No special treatment shall be given to those who have been in previous shows at Creative Theater.
Buddy | Gender: Male
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. This role is perfect for a young man who is an excellent actor and good singer who has energetic earnestness and comedic timing.
Santa Claus | Gender: Male
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.
Elves | Gender: Any
The Elves are Santas special helpers who love their job making toys to meet their Christmas Eve deadline. These roles are great for younger performers, or for those who can embody a youthful spirit, enjoy singing and work well together as a group.
Charlie | Gender: Male
Charlie is in charge of monitoring the other Elves, making sure every present is wrapped and every bow is tied. Cast 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 | Gender: Feale
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 | Gender: Male
Sam is one of Walters Office Staff who is in a bind at the top of the show.
Walter Hobbs | Gender: Male
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.
Deb | Gender: Female
Deb, Walters 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 actor with a good speaking voice
Emily Hobbs | Gender: Female
Emily Hobbs is Walters 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.
Michael Hobbs | Gender: Male
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 Guards | Gender: Any
Security Guard #1 and Security Guard #2 are a stern duo from Walters office, making sure everyone who enters has permission. A duo that works well together and fits the bill for a tough pair.
Saleswoman | Gender: Female
The Saleswoman is the first person to greet Buddy as he enters Macys. She s the consummate sales person: smiling, overfriendly, and always trying to sell something.
Manager | Gender: Male
The manager is a terrific featured acting role for a performer with good comedic timing. As the manager of Macys, he s doing everything he can to make sure all the employees stay in line.
Jovie | Gender: Female
Jovie works as a store elf at Macys, but don t be mistaken she doesnt quite exude the Christmas spirit. She s kind of cynical, a bit tough around the edges, and now the target of Buddys complete adoration. This is a fantastic role for a young woman with a strong singing voice and acting chops.
Santa’s Helper | Gender: Any
Santa’s Helper works as a Macys Employee and announces when each kid gets to visit with Santa.
Fake Santa | Gender: Male
Fake Santa is a poor replacement for the real Santa. He s an employee of Macys 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.
Policemen | Gender: Any
Policeman #1 and Policeman #2 are a friendly pair of cops who return Buddy to the Hobbs household. These are perfect featured roles for two ensemble members.
Sarah | Gender: Female
Sarah is a staff member at Walters office.
Mr. Greenway | Gender: Male
Mr. Greenway is one of the crankiest businessmen around. He is the big boss.
Chadwick and Matthews | Gender: Male
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. Cast a pair of good character actors who work well with each other and are able to drive the action of scenes.
Charlotte Dennon | Gender: Female
Charlotte Dennon is a TV reporter with a big personality. She does her best to keep her professional persona in public and doesnt like being shown up. This is a great role for a young woman with professional charisma and someone who can make strong acting choices.
Finale Soloists #1,#2,#3 and #4 are good roles to highlight four of your strong solo singers.
Darlene Lambert and Emma Van Brocklin | Gender: Female
Darlene Lambert and Emma Van Brocklin are on the scene in Central Park and are convinced of Santas magic after Buddy reveals their past Christmas gifts.
Ensemble | Gender: Any
The Ensemble, including New Yorkers, Comforting New Yorker, Macys Employees, Macys Employee #1, Members of the Rockefeller Crowd, Office Staff, Business Woman, Flyer Guys, Teenager, Jogger, Carolers, Passerby, Children and Parents are all important roles for creating the distinct worlds of the North Pole and New York City.
Creative Theater is Sevier County’s Community Theater
125 Music Mountain Drive
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Auditions will be held Monday, September 30th 5:30- 8:30 and Tuesday, October 1st 5:30 to 8:30.
Call backs for certain roles will be Wednesday, October 2nd at 5:30. The Director will call every person who auditions on Thursday, October 3 to offer a role or let you know that there wasn’t a spot for you. The Cast List will be posted on Friday, October 4th.
Monday, October 7h from 6:00-7:00 is orientation, meeting with parents, read through of script, and registration due.
Rehearsals begin Tuesday, October 8th at 6:00pm
Please check the rehearsal schedule to list any conflicts you may have.
- Thursday, December 5th at 7:00pm
- Friday, December 6th at 7:00pm
- Saturday, December 7th at 7:00pm
- Sunday, December 8th at 3:00pm
- Thursday, December 12th at 7:00pm
- Friday, December 13th at 7:00pm
- Saturday, December 14th at 7:00pm
- Sunday, December 15th at 3:00pm
The Rehearsal Schedule is listed below. It is imperative that you bring to auditions a list of all scheduling conflicts between Tuesday, October 8th and Sunday December 15th. You are only permitted to miss 2 rehearsals and no absences after November 20th.
|Elf Jr. Rehearsal Schedule|
|Monday, October 7, 2019||6:00PM-7:00PM||Mandatory Parents’ Meeting|
|Tuesday, October 8, 2019||6:00PM-8:30PM||Rehearsal|
|Friday, October 11, 2019||6:00PM-9:00PM||Rehearsal|
|Saturday, October 12, 2019||9:00AM-12:00PM||Rehearsal|
|Tuesday, October 15, 2019||6:00PM-8:30PM||Rehearsal|
|Wednesday, October 16, 2019||5:30PM-7:30PM||Headshots – 15 minute commitment|
|Friday, October 18, 2019||6:00PM-9:00PM||Rehearsal|
|Saturday, October 19, 2019||9:00AM-12:00PM||Rehearsal|
|Tuesday, October 22, 2019||6:00PM-8:30PM||Rehearsal|
|Friday, October 25, 2019||6:00PM-9:00PM||Rehearsal Offsite (Location TBD)|
|Saturday, October 26, 2019||9:00AM-12:00PM||Rehearsal|
|Monday, October 28, 2019||6:00PM-8:00PM||Promo Photos – Characters TBD|
|Tuesday, October 29, 2019||6:00PM-8:30PM||Rehearsal|
|Friday, November 1, 2019||6:00PM-9:00PM||Rehearsal Offsite (Location TBD)|
|Saturday, November 2, 2019||9:00AM-12:00PM||Rehearsal|
|Tuesday, November 5, 2019||6:00PM-8:30PM||Rehearsal|
|Friday, November 8, 2019||6:00PM-9:00PM||Rehearsal|
|Saturday, November 9, 2019||9:00AM-12:00PM||Rehearsal|
|Saturday, November 9, 2019||12:30PM-2:30PM||Halfway Cast, Crew, & Family Party Location TBD|
|Tuesday, November 12, 2019||6:00PM-8:30PM||Rehearsal|
|Friday, November 15, 2019||6:00PM-9:00PM||Rehearsal|
|Saturday, November 16, 2019||9:00AM-12:00PM||Rehearsal|
|Tuesday, November 19, 2019||6:00PM-8:30PM||Rehearsal|
|Friday, November 22, 2019||6:00PM-9:00PM||All Audio, Mic, and Sitzprobe|
|Saturday, November 23, 2019||9:00AM-3:00PM||“Lighting Cue to Cue Costume Parade”|
|Monday, November 25, 2019||6:00PM-8:30PM||Rehearsal|
|Tuesday, November 26, 2019||6:00PM-8:30PM||Rehearsal|
|Saturday, November 30, 2019||9:00AM-3:00PM||“9:00AM-11:30AM Rehearsal 11:30AM-12:00PM Lunch Break 12:00PM-12:30PM Prep 1:00PM-3:00PM Preview Show for Private Audience”|
|Monday, December 2, 2019||11:45AM-1:00PM||Senior Center Promotion – Characters TBD|
|Monday, December 2, 2019||6:00PM-9:00PM||Dress Rehearsal – No Stops|
|Tuesday, December 3, 2019||6:00PM-9:00PM||Dress Rehearsal – No Stops|
|Wednesday, December 4, 2019||6:00PM-9:00PM||Dress Rehearsal – No Stops|
|Thursday, December 5, 2019||5:30PM Call Time||Show at 7:00PM|
|Friday, December 6, 2019||5:30PM Call Time||Show at 7:00PM|
|Saturday, December 7, 2019||5:30PM Call Time||Show at 7:00PM|
|Sunday, December 8, 2019||1:30PM Call Time||Show at 3:00PM|
|Thursday, December 12, 2019||5:30PM Call Time||Show at 7:00PM|
|Friday, December 13, 2019||5:30PM Call Time||Show at 7:00PM|
|Saturday, December 14, 2019||5:30PM Call Time||Show at 7:00PM|
|Sunday, December 15, 2019||1:30PM Call Time||Show at 3:00PM|
|Sunday, December 15, 2019||After the Show||Strike – All Cast, Crew, and Family Volunteers|
|Tuesday, December 17, 2019||6:00PM-8:30PM||“Cast, Crew, and Family Party Location TBD”|
Other Activities and Events – Times and Details TBD
- Early Morning/Afternoon at local news station
- Mountain Fun Life Channel internet news show
- Video Commercial Shoot
- Chamber of Commerce Promo Breakfast – 3-4 Characters
When rehearsals begin, Cast will be given a detailed breakdown that explains who is needed on which days based on the role they are in.
Cast is allowed to miss two rehearsals only and cannot miss any rehearsals after Friday, November 20th.
In an effort to keep distractions to a minimum, parents are not permitted to wait in the practice room while auditions or rehearsals are taking place. We encourage parents to spend rehearsal time helping with costumes, props, sets, painting scenery, and other tasks to assist the production.
WHAT TO PREPARE:
All those auditioning shall be prepared for the following:
We will ask you to do a cold reading from the script. This means we will give you sections of the script to read based on what roles you are interested in and which roles we think you would be a good fit.
Present a song from a musical or movie (NOT FROM ELF) Music may be on a CD or you may sing along to an IPod, iPhone or iPad. Tracks must be without vocals. No acapella auditions.
After you read and sing, we will put you into smaller groups of 4-5 people. We will teach you a simple movement/dance routine and ask you to repeat it back. DON’T WORRY if you have never danced before! We are not expecting everyone to be trained dancers….we just want to see how you move and your willingness to try new things
Here are links that may be helpful.
- Don’t be late.
- Follow directions.
- Have an open mind.
- No gum, eating or drinking during the audition.
- Relax and breathe before, during and after the audition.
- Turn your phone off or turn the ‘Airplane mode’ setting on.
- If you make a mistake, keep going.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Wear the correct clothing and footwear for the auditions, especially dance calls.You may choose to bring a change of clothes if asked to stay for the dance portion. Dance shoes or sneakers are recommended, along with clothes that you feel no restriction from. Singers and actors who have no dance experience as well as trained dancers are considered for all appropriate roles in the cast. Several auditionees will be grouped together to learn a short dance routine. DON’T WORRY if you have never taken a dance class before, we just want to see how well you move to music and learn choreography.
Have fun! Keep in mind, everyone in that audition room, as well as the entire theater community, wants you to have fun!
A $40.00 registration fee for all cast and junior directors is due at the first rehearsal to cover a portion of the cost of sets, props, costumes and marketing.
To attend the performances, we have reserved seating with a suggested donation of $9.00 for children and $13.00 for adults.
For costumes, depending on the style of the show, we may ask actors to provide certain pieces of clothing that they most likely already have such as blue jeans, T-shirt, long sleeve white shirt, black pants, coat, shoes, etc.
FRIENDS OR PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT:
There are many ways for you to volunteer and connect with your teen or child.
We will ask for Parents to lead up committees such as Costumes, Props, Backstage, Scenery, Lighting, Dressing Rooms, Concessions, Cast Party and others. If you do not feel comfortable leading the committee, we ask you to please consider helping by donating your time to be a part of these committees. We invite you to learn new skills and share your talent.
In order to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone, all adults over the age of 18 must have a background check. A Creative Theater Board Member will gather information from you and will then run the Background Check at the Theater’s expense. This is the same procedure required in the Sevier County School District for all parents who volunteer to help at school or go on field trips.
We strive to be respectful of everyone’s time. At rehearsals, we practice specific scenes and you will only be needed if you are in the scenes taught that day.
A detailed rehearsal schedule will be given to each cast member with a specific breakdown of who is needed each rehearsal. Every cast member may not be required to attend every rehearsal, however, it is crucial to the success of the rehearsal process that everyone attends on required days.
Participants may not miss more than two rehearsals or will be removed from the production. The final week of rehearsals (called Tech Week) we will rehearse each day through the opening show.
To receive an audition slot, we ask for you to register for a time slot that works for you. Arrive 20 minutes early before your scheduled time. If you are only available to audition at a certain day or time on Monday, September 30th or Tuesday, October 1st and that day/time is already full, please call or text our Casting Director at 865-851-1147 and she will find a way to get you in the schedule. We will find a way to make sure everyone has an equal amount of time to be seen by the Audition Team.
Upon arrival you will fill out an information sheet. Please bring a list of ALL of your conflicts between now and December 15th. Unless special permission is given by the Director, cast cannot miss more than two rehearsals. No rehearsals can be missed Tech Week.
We will then take a photograph of you so the Casting team can remember your fantastic audition. You will then be taken into a private room away from the other auditionees and present cold reading and sing your song for the Production Team. There may be several Directors in the room to cheer you on. For the dance/movement audition several auditionees will be grouped together to learn a bit of movement. DON’T WORRY if you have never taken a dance class before, we just want to see how you move and follow direction.
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