Book by
THOMAS MEEHAN & BOB MARTIN
Music by
MATTHEW SKLAR
Lyrics by
CHAD BEGUELIN

Based upon the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum

Directed by
ZANE BARKER
Music Directed by
SHELLY ANDES
Choreographed by
JACKIE CHURCH & THOMAS PORRAS
Stage Manager
LAURA NUZUM
Production Coordinator
VICKI SINGER

December 14-30, 2018

Fridays & Saturdays: 7:30 PM, Sundays: 2:00 PM
at the African American Performing Arts Center

Tickets go on sale November 14th

Performance Dates & Times

  • Fri, Dec 14th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
  • Sat, Dec 15th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
  • Sun, Dec 16th, 2018 @ 2:00pm
  • Fri, Dec 21st, 2018 @ 7:30pm
  • Sat, Dec 22nd, 2018 @ 7:30pm
  • Sun, Dec 23rd, 2018 @ 2:00pm
  • Fri, Dec 28th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
  • Sat, Dec 29th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
  • Sun, Dec 30th, 2018 @ 2:00pm

About the Show

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.

A title known the world over, Elf The Musical is a must-see holiday musical. Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf features songs by Tony Award nominees, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway, The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).

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.

This modern day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

Auditions

September 21-23, 2018

(by appointment only)

at the MTS Center for Theatre
6320 Domingo Rd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

Vocal

  • Friday, Sept 21 | 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Saturday, Sept 22 | 10:00am – 12:30pm

Callbacks

  • Sunday, Sept. 23 | Times TBA
Sign Up To Audition

Vocal auditions will be by appointment only and should be no more than two minutes in length. Please choose an appropriate song in the style of the show. An accompanist will be provided, but you are free to bring your own or play for yourself. Bring sheet music in the correct key. Please be prepared to state vocal range (high & low note) if possible. No recorded tracks, please.

Scripts are available from MTS (for 2 days, with a $25 deposit) in order to become more familiar with the show. It is highly recommended that those interested in auditioning read the script or become familiar with the show prior to auditioning.

Auditions and all rehearsals/performances will be held at the MTS Center for Theatre Black Box, 6320-B Domingo NE (east of San Pedro, between Central & Copper).

Performance Schedule:

December 14th – 30th. Performances will be at the African American Performing Arts Center located at Expo NM (NM State Fair Grounds). They are scheduled at 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays. Community Service Night Performance is Thursday, December 13th.

Please note: No conflicts are allowed for any performances or during tech week (December 9th – 12th). There is also a possibility of adding performances within the three week run.

Rehearsal Schedule:

Rehearsals will generally be Sunday through Thursday 6:30-9:30pm. A rehearsal schedule will be distributed after the show is cast and all conflicts have been submitted. All rehearsal conflicts must be provided to the stage manager prior to the first read through on Wednesday, October 10th. Additional conflicts may not be allowed. There may be some dance rehearsals on Saturdays. There is a mandatory photo shoot for the entire cast on Saturday, November 17th.

Character Breakdown

We encourage ALL ETHNICITIES to audition.

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. 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.
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range: A♭2-C5

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.
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range: G3-D5

Walter

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. We need a great actor with a strong, authoritative presence, who can also show his softer side.
Gender: male
Age: 55 to 65
Vocal range: A2-G4

Emily

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. We’re looking for an excellent actress and singer who effortlessly conveys a sense of maturity and warmth.
Gender: female
Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range: F3-E♭5

Michael

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. This should be played by a solid young actor and singer with an unchanged voice.
Gender: male
Age: 12 to 16
Vocal range: F3-G5

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 woman with a pleasant demeanor, efficient work ethic, and who is a solid actor with a good speaking voice.
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 55
Vocal range: D4-E♭5

Manager

We need someone 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
Age: 35 to 40
Vocal range: B2-F♯4

Greenway

Mr. Greenway is one of the crankiest businessmen around. He is the big boss and has a commanding presence.
Gender: male
Age: 55 to 65

Santa

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.
Gender: male
Age: 65 to 80
Vocal range: B♭3-D5

Chadwick

One of Walter’s right-hand men. He is desperate to keep his job, and perhaps the dumber of the two.
Gender: male
Age: 40 to 50

Matthews

One of Walter’s right-hand men. He is desperate to keep his job and is the schemer of the two.
Gender: male
Age: 35 to 40

Ensemble

Mrs. Claus, Elves, Charlie, Shwanda, Mr. Narwhal, Teenager, Employees, Security Guard 1 & 2, Customer 1 & 2, Saleswoman, Store Elf 1 & 2, Fake Santa 1 & 2 & 3, Boy, Mother, Policeman 1 & 2, Sarah, Jim, Vendor, Waitress, Charlotte, Man, Woman

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