Elf the Musical

 "Elf is splashy, peppy, sugar-sprinkled holiday entertainment" - The New York Times

Broadway musical for the entire family    
's up to Buddy the Elf to save Christmas! Find your inner elf and make your Christmas sparklejollytwinklejingley with the hit musical based on the movie starring Will Ferrell. 

ASL interpreted performance: Friday, Dec. 6 @ 7:30pm


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The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! We are looking for a multicultural cast of performers (8+) for GREAT’s upcoming production of ELF: The Musical! All GREAT actors are volunteers cast through open auditions. We are proud to cast both new and returning actors and encourage everyone of all abilities, experience, and backgrounds to audition and discover the artist within yourself! 


  • Sign Up: The link to sign up for an audition date and time will be live Monday, September 9th
  • Auditions: Sunday, September 22nd, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm & 6:00pm and Monday, September 23rd, 6:00pm, 7:00pm or 8:00pm
  • Callbacks: If needed, will be Wednesday, September 25th
  • Rehearsals: Please review the tentative REHEARSAL SCHEDULE to prepare conflicts for your audition form. All rehearsals will take place at GREAT's Downtown Studios.

Auditions will take place at GREAT World Headquarters, Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre, 710 Sundial Drive, Waite Park (next to Crafts Direct). Lots of close free parking available.

WHAT TO PREPARE FOR AUDITIONS:  We will dance and play some acting games in groups and then perform songs individually.

MUSIC: Please prepare approximately 16 bars of a musical theatre number that best demonstrates your vocal abilities. There are two exceptions to this:

  • Those who would like to be considered for the role of Buddy should prepare measures 139-160 of "Christmastown". 
  • Those who would like to be considered for the role of Michael should prepare measures 4-23 of "I'll Believe in You".

MOVEMENT: You will learn and perform a short dance routine during your audition. Please dress for movement. You may wear your character or jazz shoes if you already own a pair.

You do not need to prepare a monologue for this audition.

ELF The Musical ROLES:
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. Gender: Male, Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: Bb3

BUDDY: Buddy is 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. Looking for energetic earnestness and comedic timing. Gender: Male Vocal range top: G5, Vocal range bottom: B3, If you don't have red hair we hope the actor will dye his hair!
ELVES: The Elves are Santa's special helpers who love their job making toys to meet their Christmas Eve deadline. These roles are great for younger performers. Gender: Any
CHARLIE: Charlie is in charge of monitoring the other Elves, making sure every present is wrapped and every bow is tied. Gender: Male
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. Gender: Female
SAM: Sam is one of Walter's Office Staff who is in a bind at the top of the show. Gender: Male
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. Gender: Male
Vocal range top: E5, Vocal range bottom: B3
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. Gender: Female
EMILY HOBBS: Emily 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. Gender: Female, Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: G3
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. 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. Gender: Any
SALESWOMAN: The Saleswoman is 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. Gender: Female
MANAGER: The 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. Gender: Male
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. Gender: Female
Vocal range top: Db5, Vocal range bottom: G3
SANTA'S HELPER Santa's Helper works as a Macy's Employee and announces when each kid gets to visit with Santa. Gender: Any
FAKE SANTA: Fake Santa is a poor replacement for the real Santa. He's an employee of Macy's who is a bit rough around the edges. Gender: Male
POLICEMEN: Policeman #1 and Policeman #2 are a friendly pair of cops who return Buddy to the Hobbs household. Gender: Any
SARAH: Sarah is a staff member at Walter's office. Gender: Female
MR. GREENWAY: Mr. Greenway is one of the crankiest businessmen around.  Gender: Male
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. Gender: Male
CHARLOTTE DENNON: Charlotte 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. Gender: Female
FINALE SOLOISTS: Finale Soloists #1,#2,#3 and #4 are good roles to highlight four of your strong solo singers. Vocal range top: B4, Vocal range bottom: B3
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. Gender: Female
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.
Gender: Any

DIRECTOR: Aimee Miron

Please reach out to Dennis Whipple at 320.258.2787 or dennis@GreatTheatre.org with any questions about auditions.