ELF Jr Auditions!

Elf Jr. auditions at Young Stars Theatre September 22, 23 and 30. Sign up today!

PHOTO: SouthPasadenan.com | Gabe Michlin, Paul Zenas, Levi Srebalus, and Sorsha Khitikian star in Elf Jr. by Young Stars Theatre at Fremont Centre Theatre

Do you believe? Do you love Christmas? Santa? Presents? Elves and snow? Here is your chance to spread that holiday cheer!

Last December, for the first time in a decade, YST decided to part with their tradition of producing their own version of A Christmas Carol to try something different: Elf Jr., a musical based on the popular film starring Will Ferrell.

The decision was so good, they are bringing it back this year! Open auditions for actors 18 and under are coming up this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 22nd and 23rd. (Sunday September 30 just added!) The full audition/rehearsal info and registration is available on their website at www.YoungStarsTheatre.org/auditions

“Elf Jr.” follows the plight of Buddy, a young orphan, who 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 reality that his father is on the naughty list and that 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.

PHOTO: SouthPasadenan.com | The cast of Elf Jr. caroling on the streets of New York City in Elf Jr.

“Elf Jr.” is an uplifting and hilarious story that uses the backdrop of Christmas to remind us once again of what is really important, and inspires us with the potential of positivity.
Elf Jr. opens on November 30th, and runs just three weekends –closing December 16- for a total of 12 performances. For audition info, showtimes and ticketing, as well as more info about YST, you can go to YoungStarsTheatre.org

What roles are available? Remember, since we are casting ages 5-18, we like to play with age relationships and use creative casting to fill the roles in the best way possible for our production!

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.

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.

Elves: The Elves are Santa’s special helpers who love their job making toys to meet their Christmas Eve deadline.

Charlie: Charlie is in charge of monitoring the other Elves, making sure every present is wrapped and every bow is tied.

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.

Sam: Sam is one of Walter’s Office Staff who is in a bind at the top of the show.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Security Guards: Security Guard #1 and Security Guard #2 are a stern duo from Walter’s office, making sure everyone who enters has permission.

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.

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

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.

Santa’s Helper: Santa’s Helper works as a Macy’s Employee and announces when each kid gets to visit with Santa.

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.

Policemen: Policeman #1 and Policeman #2 are a friendly pair of cops who return Buddy to the Hobbs household.

Sarah: Sarah is a staff member at Walter’s office.

Mr. Greenway: Mr. Greenway is one of the crankiest businessmen around. He is the big boss.

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.

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.

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.

Ensemble:The Ensemble, including New Yorkers, Comforting New Yorker, Macy’s Employees, 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.

PHOTO: SouthPasadenan.com | Santa and his elves preparing for Christmas in Elf Jr. on stage at the Fremont Centre Theatre

What roles are available?

Remember, since we are casting ages 5-18, we like to play with age relationships and use creative casting to fill the roles in the best way possible for our production!

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.

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.

Elves

The Elves are Santa’s special helpers who love their job making toys to meet their Christmas Eve deadline.

Charlie

Charlie is in charge of monitoring the other Elves, making sure every present is wrapped and every bow is tied.

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.

Sam

Sam is one of Walter’s Office Staff who is in a bind at the top of the show.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Security Guards

Security Guard #1 and Security Guard #2 are a stern duo from Walter’s office, making sure everyone who enters has permission.

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.

Manager

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

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.

Santa’s Helper

Santa’s Helper works as a Macy’s Employee and announces when each kid gets to visit with Santa.

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.

Policemen

Policeman #1 and Policeman #2 are a friendly pair of cops who return Buddy to the Hobbs household.

Sarah

Sarah is a staff member at Walter’s office.

Mr. Greenway

Mr. Greenway is one of the crankiest businessmen around. He is the big boss.

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.

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.

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.

Ensemble

The Ensemble, including New Yorkers, Comforting New Yorker, Macy’s Employees, 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.

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