Audition Announcement

Auditions for Lyric's Second Production of the 29-20 Season!! Elf, The Musical!!

Directed by Joshua Chard
Musical Direction by Bob Gauthier
Choreography by Jamie Lupien Swenson
Assistant Director: Wayne Russell
Producer: Cindy Kerr

September 22 & 23 at 6:30 PM, Callbacks September 24 at 7:30 PM
Children’s Ensemble auditions: September 24, 6:30-7:30 PM

Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer Street, South Portland 

If you are unavailable these dates, please contact the director to set up a different time.

We want everyone to have the opportunity to audition. 

We are seeking a fun-loving, enthusiastic, risk-taking cast of 25-30 people.

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. Buddy is a "normal boy” raised among Santa’s elves in the North Pole. He grows to twice their size, and when he learns he’s not an elf, he travels to New York City to find his real family resulting in a classic and hilarious fish-out-of-water tale. Everyone will think you’re a cotton-headed ninnymuggins if you don’t include this sparklejollytwinklejingly show in your holiday plans!

Rehearsals will be Monday-Thursday, 6:30-9:30 beginning October 7. Sunday rehearsals may be added November 10 and 17. Tech week is December 1-5. There will be no rehearsal November 27 or December 4. Performances run December 6-22, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM. There will be two additional Saturday matinees: December 14 at 2:00 PM and December 21 at 2:30 PM. All cast members must be available for all tech rehearsals and performances. Please come to auditions prepared to list all conflicts.

Please prepare at least 32 bars of a song in the style of the show that showcases your voice. Elf has a lot of showy songs - even its one ballad is comedic. You can hear the music here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_kgtXxfRoJHO9JYRL48nNYvQuYFD_seiec

An accompanist will be provided. Please bring your music in an appropriate key with cuts clearly marked. We will have the music from Elf at auditions and you are welcome to sing a song from the show. Dress comfortably to dance at auditions. You will be taught a brief combination. Cold readings from the script will take place at callbacks (sides available at 6:00 PM).

Lyric Music Theater is committed to diversity onstage and off. As such, we encourage performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to audition. Ages listed are the characters’ ages not the actors’ ages. We encourage you to audition for the role(s) that most speaks to you.

Buddy – (age 18-30) is the perfect elf! He's good-natured, means well and is happy all the time…but he is not an elf, he's an adult human. Role is for a young man, excellent actor and good singer with energetic earnestness and comedic timing. The actor who plays Buddy will need to be a fearless risk-taker. Must have strong movement skills. Buddy is in every scene so availability will be a consideration in casting. Vocal range top: G5 Vocal range bottom: B3

Santa Claus (age 45+) - has a lot on his plate during the Christmas season and it is starting to show. 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. Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Walter Hobbs (age 35+) - Buddy's real father, focused on keeping his job and is not making time for his family. Stern and unemotional at times, but learns to recommit to family. Need great actor with strong, authoritative presence, but should also show softer side. Strong mover. Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom B3

Emily Hobbs – (age 35+) A mover and a shaker; willing to fight for family. Problem solver and an excellent mother who does all she can to provide a positive family dynamic. Actress and singer who effortlessly conveys a sense of strength, maturity, and warmth. An island of calm in a sea of chaos. Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: G3

Michael Hobbs (casting age 10-14) - smarter than average 12 year old son of Walter and Emily. Does all he can to make sure Buddy becomes a permanent part of the family. Looking for a solid young actor and singer with an unchanged voice up to an E. Must move well. The role of Michael Hobbs may be double cast. Actors auditioning for Michael should audition on 9/22 or 9/23. Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: G3

Jovie (age 20-30)- Works as a Macy's store elf, but doesn't exude the Christmas spirit. Cynical, a bit tough around the edges and now the target of Buddy's complete adoration. Must have an amazing singing voice with a strong belt up to a D flat and great acting chops. Must have strong movement skills. Vocal range top: Db5 Vocal range bottom: G3

Deb (age 25+)- Walter's secretary, keeps her boss and the whole office happy. Positive attitude with everyone with a pleasant demeanor, yet efficient work ethic. Strong character singer with an excellent belt. Quickly becomes Buddy’s office sidekick. Must move well.

Manager- (age 25+) Harried but enthusiastic manager of the Macy’s Toy Department. Strong belt.

Mr. Greenway (age 25+)- One of the crankiest businessmen around. He is the big boss with a commanding presence. Doubled with other ensemble roles.

Chadwick (age 25+)- One of Walter’s right-hand men. He is desperate to keep his job, and perhaps the dumber of the two.

Matthews (age 25+)- One of Walter’s right-hand men. He is desperate to keep his job and is the schemer of the two.

Ensemble (ages 16+)- includes: elves, New Yorkers, Macy's employees and customers, office staff, children, security guards, police officers, parents, and a chorus line of disgruntled Santas. The elves are Santa's special helpers who love their job making toys to meet their Christmas Eve deadline. Both male and female. Many speaking roles. Ensemble members will play multiple roles and be very busy!

We will be casting a small ensemble of children (ages 8-12). Children auditioning to be in the ensemble should be prepared to sing "Jingle Bells” (first verse and chorus) or "Frosty The Snowman.”

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