Elf The Musical

Youth Auditions (ages 12-16)

September 13, 14 & 15, 2021 | 6pm-7pm

Please note: You must provide proof of vaccination to audition.

Adult Auditions

September 13, 14 & 15, 2021 | 7-10pm

Please note: You must provide proof of vaccination to audition.


November 4, 2021


November 5-7, 12-14 & 19-21, 2021

Preview, Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm • Sundays @ 2:30pm


Community Players Theatre

Music by Matthew Sklar, Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Book by Bob Martin & Thomas Meehan


Elf is a musical based on the motion picture of the same name, with a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. The musical ran on Broadway in the Christmas seasons of 2010-11 and 2012–13, and also toured the U.S. in 2012 and again in 2014.

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.

Current Covid Policies

  • All cast and staff are required to be fully vaccinated. You must provide proof of vaccination in order to audition, so please bring your vaccine cards with you.
  • Masks are required for all audience members, for all performances. No exceptions.


Audition Information

General Audition Information:

  • Youth auditions (ages 12-16) will be from 6-7 p.m. on September 13, 14 and 15 at the theatre.
  • Adult auditions (ages 17 and above) will be from 7-10 p.m. on September 13, 14 and 15 at the theatre.
  • Those who are auditioning MUST be fully vaccinated by audition. This means that your audition date is 2 weeks past your second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks past your one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • Masks will be required by all except when singing or auditioning for speaking parts. (With social distancing)
  • Everyone will be allowed to read at least once.
  • Callbacks will be held on September 15 at the theatre (time to be announced).
  • If you are cast in the show, you are expected to become a Community Players Theatre member, which requires a one-time $20 donation to the theatre. Once active, your membership is good for the rest of the 99th season (active members will not have to pay again)

Meet the Director

Music Audition Requirements:

  • People should prepare a song they feel best suits their vocal ability (no songs from the show).
  • Please come warmed up and ready to sing as there will not be a group warm-up.
  • Song should be between 16-32 measures, or around a minute in length.
  • Please have cuts clearly marked for the accompanist.
  • Piano is strongly preferred but acapella will be permissible.

Dance Audition Requirements:

  • Please bring a change of clothes suited for dance/movement such as gym shorts, t-shirt, yoga pants, etc.
  • Tennis shoes, dance shoes or character shoes are acceptable. NO bare feet, socked feet, sandals, etc.
  • Please stretch on your own. Depending on the number of those auditioning there may not be enough space/time for a group stretch before the dance section begins.
  • Be prepared to move, so bring water (and a small towel if you need it). You will be doing a small portion of choreography from the show led by the show's choreographer.

Character Breakdown

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. 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

  • Vocal range top: D5
  • Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Buddy is the perfect elf! He s good-natured, he means well, and he’s happy& all the time. There is only one problem. He is not an elf. He is 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

  • Vocal range top: G5
  • Vocal range bottom: B3

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, or for those who can embody a youthful spirit, enjoy singing and work well together as a group. Age: Any (We are hoping to cast a mix of both Youth and Adult actors) Gender: Any

Charlie is in charge of monitoring the other Elves, making sure every present is wrapped and every bow is tied. This young performer should have a good speaking voice, someone who is comfortable taking command of the stage and has authority over the rest of the Elves, but always remains friendly. Gender: Male

Shawanda is a dependable and caring elf. She will do whatever she can to help others, including Buddy, even though she accidentally reveals that he is a human. This should be a good actress with a clear speaking voice for this very important moment in the story. Gender: Female

Sam is one of Walter’s Office Staff who is in a bind at the top of the show. A young performer with a good speaking voice and strong character choices will do the trick. 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. He should have a strong, authoritative presence, but he can also show a softer side. Gender: Male

  • 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. This is a plum role for a young woman with a pleasant demeanor, yet efficient work ethic, who is a solid actor with a good speaking voice. 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. She should be an actress and singer who effortlessly conveys a sense of maturity and warmth. 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. We are looking for a solid young actor and singer with an unchanged voice. (Age range can be 12-14) Gender: Male

  • 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. These actors should work well together and fits the bill for a tough pair. Gender: Any

The Saleswoman is the first person to greet Buddy as he enters Macy’s. She’s the consummate salesperson: smiling, overfriendly, and always trying to sell something. This is a great ensemble role for a young woman with little stage experience. Gender: Female

The manager is a terrific featured acting role for a performer with good comedic timing. As the manager of Macy s, he is doing everything he can to make sure all the employees stay in line. Gender: Any

Jovie works as a store elf at Macy’s, but don’t be mistaken. She doesn’t quite exude the Christmas spirit. She is 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

  • 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. This is a good ensemble role for a performer with a loud voice. 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. Fake Santa should be played by a performer who is unafraid of being a little over-the-top and has good physical control of his body. Gender: Male

Policeman #1 and Policeman #2 are a friendly pair of cops who return Buddy to the Hobbs household. These are perfect featured roles for two ensemble members. Gender: Any

Sarah is a staff member at Walter's office. This is a nice role for a less experienced actor with a good singing voice. Gender: Female

Mr. Greenway
Mr. Greenway is one of the crankiest businessmen around. He is the big boss, so look for an older student with a commanding presence to tackle this acting role. 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. These roles would be for good character actors who work well with each other and are able to drive the action of scenes. 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. This is a great role for a young woman with professional charisma and someone who can make strong acting choices. 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. These can be young ladies with nice singing voices and some acting experience to take on these small, but featured, roles. Gender: Female

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. These roles can all be double cast from the ensemble. Gender: Any