Auditions
Auditions

Elf The Musical Jr.

Elf The Musical Jr.
Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Music & Lyrics by Matthew Sklar & Chad Beguelin

An Algonquin Arts Theatre Production, starring the Algonquin Youth Ensemble

Based on the beloved holiday film, a young orphan named Buddy 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. Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Director: Ian Moore
Musical Director: Stephen Strouse
Choreographer: Jessica O'Brien
Stage Manager: Olivia Verni

AUDTION DATES
ACCEPTANCE THROUGH AUDITION ONLY

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - By appointment only starting at 3 p.m.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - By appointment only starting at 6 p.m.

Actors will be scheduled an audition time. Please email Julie to schedule an audition:
julie@algonquinarts.org

LOCATION
All auditions will be at the Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street in Manasquan.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Audition requirements for all participants:

1. Recent head shot or color photo (school photo is fine) and resume.
2. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
3. Prepare 32 bars of a standard Broadway musical selection (bring sheet music in correct key-accompanist provided).
4. Appropriate for actors ages 8 to 20.
5. Students (ages 8-17) who audition and are cast will be required to enroll in the Performing Arts Academy: Algonquin Youth Ensemble* class.

*AYE | Algonquin Youth Ensemble
Algonquin Youth Ensemble students are enrolled by audition and are featured in the main stage production at the conclusion of the class. Students will work and learn with professionals in the field as part of an educational classroom experience. The AYE class will educate students on the principles of acting, warm-ups, script analysis, stage terminology, jobs and responsibilities that go into preparing for a performance, genre and history of a play or musical, performance articulation, vocal techniques and the process of working as an ensemble.

Experience Level: Intermediate-Advance

REHEARSALS:
Be advised that students must be available for classes, evening rehearsals that are to be scheduled according to the actor's role and all tech/performance dates. Evening rehearsals will begin in November of 2016. Exact rehearsal schedule will be set once the availability of all actors is learned but will take place during weekday evenings and weekends.

CLASS TIMES FOR AYE STUDENTS:
In addition to evening rehearsals (TBA), all AYE participants must attend the following Saturday classes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 classes total): 9/24, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10.

TECH WEEK:
Technical Rehearsals (Dress-Run) will begin December 12 leading into the opening performance weekend - Evening tech rehearsals, time TBA.

PERFORMANCES:
Friday, December 16, 2016 at 10 am & 11:45 a.m. (Education Series Performances for School Groups)
Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 3 p.m.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Ensemble | Singers, Dancers and Improvisational skills - various ages and personalities. Includes: 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.

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.
Vocal range top: D5 / Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Buddy | 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.
Vocal range top: G5 / Vocal range bottom: B3

Elves | Santa's special helpers who love their job making toys to meet their Christmas Eve deadline. A youthful spirit, enjoy singing and work well together as a group.

Charlie | In charge of monitoring the other Elves, making sure every present is wrapped and every bow is tied. Articulate, leadership and authorities over the rest of the Elves, but always remains friendly.

Shawanda | 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 | One of Walter's Office Staff who is in a bind at the top of the show.

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.
Vocal range top: E5 / Vocal range bottom: B3

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. Pleasant demeanor, yet efficient work ethic.

Emily Hobbs | 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.
Vocal range top: D5 / Vocal range bottom: G3

Michael Hobbs | 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.
Vocal range top: D5 / Vocal range bottom: G3

Security Guards | Security Guard #1 and Security Guard #2 are a stern duo from Walter's office, making sure everyone who enters has permission.

Saleswoman | 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.

Manager | As the manager of Macy's, he's doing everything he can to make sure all the employees stay in line. Comedic timing.

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.
Vocal range top: Db5 / Vocal range bottom: G3

Santa's Helper | Works as a Macy's Employee and announces when each kid gets to visit with Santa.

Fake Santa | A poor replacement for the real Santa. He's an employee of Macy's who is a bit rough around the edges. A little over-the-top and has good physical control of his body.

Policemen | Policeman #1 and Policeman #2 are a friendly pair of cops who return Buddy to the Hobbs household.

Sarah | A staff member at Walter's office.

Mr. Greenway | One of the crankiest businessmen around. He is the big boss, a commanding presence.

Chadwick and Matthews | 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 | 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. Professional charisma.

Darlene Lambert and Emma Van Brocklin | On the scene in Central Park and are convinced of Santa's magic after Buddy reveals their past Christmas gifts. Gender: female.

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