WELCOME TO OUR AUDITION MATERIAL FOR
ELF, JR.

If your child would like to be considered for a singing or speaking role, they must prepare the songs and scenes found below.

  1. Your child should choose their 3 preferred characters and list them on their audition form.

  2. They must learn the song/s that correspond with those characters and be willing to sing them during their audition.

  3. Every person auditioning should also prepare the group song: “​The Story of Buddy the Elf​”.

  4. In addition, your child needs to prepare the corresponding scene(s) of the characters they choose.

  5. Your child will most likely not be asked to sing all of the songs or read all of the scenes, but they should be familiar with all of a character’s material.

  6. If your child does not wish to be considered for a singing role or solo, they will be asked to sing Happy Birthday. If they choose this, he/she will automatically be included in the ensemble.

Each child will have only 5-10 minutes so please arrive early with your Audition Form (found on the website) filled out and quietly wait in the lobby. ​A gentle reminder that although your child lists characters on their audition form, we cannot guarantee that they will be cast in one of those three roles. There are many factors that go into determining where a child is showcased best and how we can complement each person’s unique talent while respecting the story and show as a whole.

Below you will find material for your audition:
  • CLICK HERE FOR CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
  • CLICK HERE FOR MUSIC SELECTIONSeach video has a small portion of the song with the vocal guide, immediately followed by the instrumental. Everyone should be prepared with the song The Story of Buddy the Elf.  Boys who wish to be considered for a lead role should also prepare the song World's Greatest Dad.  Girls who wish to be considered for a lead role should also prepare Never Fall In Love With An Elf
  • CLICK HERE FOR SIDE/SCENE SELECTIONS - There is no requirement to memorize but please be familiar and ready to show us your awesome personality!

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

SANTA CLAUS - 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.

Prepare Songs: The Story of Buddy the Elf  and World's Greatest Dad

BUDDY - 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 the energetic earnestness and comedic timing that Buddy needs. It’s helpful to cast an actor who is taller than the other Elves. This will help differentiate Buddy and adds to the humor of the show.

Prepare Songs: World's Greatest Dad and The Story of Buddy the Elf

CHARLIE - Charlie is in charge of monitoring the other Elves, making sure every present is wrapped and every bow is tied. Cast a young per- former 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. 

Prepare Songs: The Story of Buddy the Elf and World's Greatest Dad

SHAWANDA - 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. Cast a good actress with a clear speaking voice for this very important moment in the story. 

Prepare Songs: The Story of Buddy the Elf and Never Fall In Love With An Elf

WALTER HOBBS - 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. Cast a great actor with a strong, authoritative presence, but be sure they can also show his softer side.
Prepare Songs: 
The Story of Buddy the Elf and World's Greatest Dad

EMILY HOBBS - Emma 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. Cast an excellent actress and singer who effortlessly conveys a sense of maturity and warmth.
Prepare Songs: The Story of Buddy the Elf and Never Fall In Love With An Elf

MICHAEL HOBBS - 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. Look for a solid young actor and singer with an unchanged voice.
Prepare Songs: The Story of Buddy the Elf and World's Greatest Dad

DEB 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 actor with a good speaking voice. 

Prepare Songs: The Story of Buddy the Elf and Never Fall In Love With An Elf

MANAGERThe manager is a terrific featured acting role for a performer with good comedic timing. As the manager of Macy’s, he’s doing everything he can to make sure all the employees stay in line. 

Prepare Songs: The Story of Buddy the Elf and World's Greatest Dad

 

JOVIE - 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.
Prepare Songs: The Story of Buddy the Elf and Never Fall In Love With An Elf

FAKE SANTA - Fake Santa is a poor replacement for the real Santa. He is 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. 

Prepare Songs: The Story of Buddy the Elf and World's Greatest Dad

MR. GREENWAY - Mr. Greenway is one of the crankiest businessmen around. He is the big boss, so look for an older student with a commanding presence to tackle this acting role. 

Prepare Songs: The Story of Buddy the Elf and World's Greatest Dad

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. Good character actors who work well with each other and are able to drive the action of scenes.

Prepare Songs: The Story of Buddy the Elf and World's Greatest Dad

CHARLOTTE DENNONCharlotte 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. 

Prepare Songs: The Story of Buddy the Elf and Never Fall In Love With An Elf

FINALE SOLOISTS - Finale Soloists #1,#2,#3 and #4 are good roles to highlight four of your strong solo singers.

Prepare Songs: The Story of Buddy the Elf  (Girls also prepare - Never Fall In Love With An Elf)  (Boys also prepare - World's Greatest Dad)

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. Look for two young ladies with nice singing voices and some acting experience to take on these small, but featured, roles.

Prepare Songs: The Story of Buddy the Elf and Never Fall In Love With An Elf

ENSEMBLE - 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 are all important roles for creating the distinct worlds of the North Pole and New York City. The stronger and more specific the character choices, the richer and more vivid the story becomes.

Prepare Songs: The Story of Buddy the Elf  (Girls also prepare - Never Fall In Love With An Elf)  (Boys also prepare - World's Greatest Dad)

 

*IF YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE SIGING  SOMETHING FROM THE SHOW, YOU MAY SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY ACAPELLA. YOU WILL  STILL BE IN THE SHOW AND CAST AS ENSEMBLE

 
MUSIC SELECTIONS
 
SIDE/SCENE SELECTIONS
 

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