Artisan Center Theater (NON EQUITY) announces auditions for

the Main Stage production of

Elf The Musical

Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin

Music by Matthew Sklar

Lyrics by Chad Beguelin

Based on the New Line Cinema film by David Berenbaum.


Directed by Elizabeth Kirkland

Music Direction by Richard Gwozdz

Performed at Artisan Center Theater at 444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas

 

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.


AUDITION DATES:  Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 7-10pm and Friday, October 4, 2019 from 7-10pm. 

CALL BACKS: Callbacks (if necessary) will be held Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 2-5pm.

LOCATION:  Auditions will be at Artisan Center Theater at 444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas 76053.

REHEARSAL DATES: Rehearsals will begin Monday, October 14, 2019 and will generally be Monday-Friday from 7-10p and Saturdays from 9a-3p.  (Not everyone will be called for every rehearsal.)

PRODUCTION DATES: The production runs November 22-December 21, 2019. Performances are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30pm, with additional Saturday matinees at 3pm beginning November 30. No performance November 28. Most parts are double cast to accommodate scheduling.

 

AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS:  Vocal auditions are by appointment. Copy the following link into your browser and then make an appointment: http://www.meetme.so/ArtisanCenterTheater. Please choose 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show that will best display your vocal ability and come prepared to sing with your sheet music cut and marked and in the appropriate key.  An accompanist will be provided so accompaniment CDs or phone recordings may not be used.Please bring a headshot/resume and your completed audition info found at http://artisanct.com/auditions.

 

The dance audition will be from 8-9pm on October 3-4. All actors who wish to be considered for a dancing role must attend one of the two dance auditions. Actors will learn and perform a dance combination, so please bring clothes you are comfortable dancing in and appropriate dance shoes. Please be warmed up and ready to dance. If asked to return for a call back, expect to dance, read and possibly learn/sing a song from the show.

 

Actors will be given six complimentary vouchers to be used during the first four performances, a season ticket (valid for one year) to be used during the first week of Main Stage productions, a show t-shirt and access to digital production photos.

 
ABOUT THE SHOW: 

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.

 

This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, “the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”


ROLES AVAILABLE:

We are looking for a strong, ethnically diverse cast. Ages quoted are character ages, not necessarily actor ages.

 

Buddy

Born a human but raised at the North Pole as a Christmas Elf, Buddy is eager to find his place in the world. He is a child at heart and that child-like curiosity makes him both endearing and gets him into trouble.

Gender: Male | Age: 25 to 35

Vocal range: Ab2 to C5

 

Jovie

Buddy's girlfriend. She works at Macy's and has a bit of a cynical outlook on life and love because of the men she's dated. She is caught off guard by Buddy's genuinely big heart.

Gender: Female | Age: 25 to 30

Vocal range: G3 to D5

 

Walter

Buddy's workaholic father. He is a Children's book writer, but lacks any of the childlike spirit that Buddy has. He is selfish, tense, and generally angry with life.

Gender: Male | Age: 55 to 65

Vocal range: A2 to G4

 

Emily

Walter's wife. Though she is sweet and willing to take him in, she thinks Buddy is crazy at first. Wishes her husband would spend more time with the family.

Gender: Female | Age: 40 to 50

Vocal range: F3 to Eb5

 

Michael

Buddy's stepbrother who is excited to have a new friend and brother. Unlike his mother, he doesn't take much convincing to have Christmas spirit, but like his mother, he wishes his father would spend more time with the family.

Gender: Male | Age: 12 to 16

Vocal range: F3 to G5

 

Deb

Walter's secretary. Takes an instant liking to Buddy simply for the novelty of it. Though she aims to please and is a bit of a suck-up, she feels under appreciated.

Gender: Female | Age: 25 to 55

Vocal range: D4 to Eb5

 

Manager

A heavy-set manager at Macy's. He is a good, friendly guy just trying to do his job and get by.

Gender: Male | Age: 35 to 40

Vocal range: B2 to F#4

 

Greenway

Walter's boss. He is what Walter will become if he continues down the path he is on. A tyrannical, workaholic who cares nothing about the people around him or who work for him.

Gender: Male | Age: 55 to 65

 

Santa

Just another workingman. Loves his job and Christmas, but also likes to kick-back and watch the game when a rare opportunity arises. A natural storyteller. 

Gender: Male | Age: 65 to 80

Vocal range: A2 to E4

 

Chadwick

One of Walter's right-hand men. He is desperate to keep his job, and perhaps the dumber of the two.

Gender: Male | Age: 40 to 50

 

Matthews

One of Walter's right-hand men. He is desperate to keep his job and is the schemer of the two.

Gender: Male | Age: 35 to 40

 

Ensemble

Mrs. Claus, Elves, Charlie, Shwanda, Mr. Narwhal, Teenager, Employees, Security Guard 1&2, Customer 1&2, Saleswoman, Store Elf 1&2, Fake Santa 1&2&3, Boy, Mother, Policeman 1&2, Sarah, Jim, Vendor, Waitress, Charlotte, Man, Woman

 

 

ABOUT THE THEATER:

Artisan Center Theater produces eight full scale Broadway style musicals a year in their 195-seat theater-in-the-round. Artisan also stages three additional special event plays on the new 150-seat thrust stage located on Second Stage.  Also on Second Stage, Artisan Children’s Theater produces six children's shows each year where children perform for children.  As part of their mission to create opportunities to experience uplifting family-friendly theater, Artisan offers a complete program of theatrical education, dance and performing arts classes throughout the year. Opening in 2003 and now serving more than 90,000 patrons each year, Artisan Center Theater is located at 444 E Pipeline Rd. in Hurst, Texas. The theater is closed on Sunday. For more information on Artisan visit www.ArtisanCT.com.

 

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Artisan Center Theater

444 East Pipeline Road

Hurst, Texas 76053

817-284-1200

www.ArtisanCT.com