Elf: The Musical Jr.
The Village Players of Mukwonago and director Guy Finley are seeking a cast of youth actors up to the age of 18 for our productions of Elf: The Musical Jr.
About the Show
Elf: The Musical Jr. will open on Thursday, November 30, 2023, and will run for three performances at 7:30 PM with a final matinee performance on December 3 at 2:00 PM at Greenwald Performing Arts Center, located at 605 W Veterans Way in Mukwonago.
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.
A full rehearsal schedule will be provided at the time of auditions. Rehearsals for the full cast will begin with a mandatory rehearsal, including parents, on Monday, September 18.
Rehearsals will generally run three days a week, with the potential for a fourth day of rehearsal for special work and leading into production week. Rehearsals will start at Park View Middle School until moving to the Greenwald Performing Arts Center leading into production week.
These auditions are for actors wishing to audition for one of the featured roles (listed below). These auditions consist of the following:
- An optional one-minute comedic monologue (need not be memorized) and cold reads from the script.
- Your vocal range will be checked, and you may sing a short piece of no more than a minute a capella or a selection from the show.
- Actors auditioning for the role of Buddy may be asked to perform some simple movement with our choreographer after his audition. These actors should wear sensible clothes and shoes for movement.
Ensemble members will help fill the many smaller roles featured throughout the show. These auditions will consist of the following:
- The singing of a Christmas song or the song Happy All The Time from the show.
- Older children and adults may be asked to do a cold reading from the script.
- Learning a choreography movement and performing it with our choreographer. All auditioners should wear sensible shoes and clothing for movement.
- No children under the age of eight will be cast in this show.
Buddy believes that he is an elf working for Santa in the North Pole. He has not realized that his oversized height and poor toy-making skills do not match up to the other elves. Buddy is cheery (read: very high energy!), permanently optimistic, and good-natured. He always means to do well, although he is particularly clumsy.
Santa is the narrator of the musical and the father figure to Buddy, the human who crawled inside his sack of presents as a baby and has grown up believing himself to be an elf. When Buddy discovers the truth, Santa must reveal the truth to Buddy. He gives Buddy his blessing to go and find his real father in New York City. Although he remains jolly, Santa is tired, overworked, and frustrated that the world seems to be losing its Christmas spirit.
Walter is a hard-working New York businessman whose job is in peril. He is so focused on keeping his job, that he spends little time with his family and is often grumpy and irritable.
Emily is Walter Hobbs’ wife and mother to their son, Michael. None of the family believe in Santa or have much Christmas spirit in their lives. Emily loves her husband deeply but wishes that he would spend more time with her and Michael as they rarely see him. She is a supportive wife and a very caring mother. It is Emily who sends off the DNA test to prove that Buddy is Walter’s son, and she encourages her husband to connect with his long-lost son.
Michael is Walter and Emily’s 12-year-old son. He is an intelligent, friendly boy, but life in New York City has broken his childhood innocence. He no longer believes in Santa and no longer has the jubilant Christmas spirit of a child. He loves his father greatly but desperately wants to spend more time with him. Michael is intrigued by his new half-brother, Buddy, and quickly becomes close to him. He helps his mother to do everything they can to make sure Buddy stays in their family.
The actor playing Michael must have an unbroken voice.
Jovie works as a store elf at Macy’s in New York City. However, she is not particularly a cheery person, and she is cynical about the nature of Christmas. She is working to survive and does not greatly enjoy her job. Jovie agrees to go on a date with Buddy, whose relentless optimism gradually revives her enthusiasm for Christmas.
Mr. Greenway is Walter Hobbs’ boss. He runs a publishing company which is based in the Empire State Building. He is tough and uncaring, putting tons of pressure on Walter to find the next children’s best-selling book.
Deb is Walter Hobbs’ secretary. She cares for her boss and really wants to support him in his career. She is a positive, cheerful person and she tries to share that with everyone around her.
Thanks to StageAgent for character summaries.
Note to Parents
- Parents may book multiple children for the same audition time.
- Please complete the booking form with your name and contact information at the top.
- Please provide all of your child(ren)’s name(s) and information in the separate section of the booking form.
Auditions will be held Tuesday, September 12, and Wednesday, September 13, starting at 6:00 pm. at Park View Middle School, located at 930 N Rochester St., Mukwonago, WI 53149.
Auditions will last ten minutes and must be scheduled using our booking form below. The booking form allows you to book your audition time and complete your audition form.