Auditions will be held on August 13th and 15th. We will be casting students ages 7-18 for this production. You may audition on either day between 4 pm-6 pm. You do not need to come on both days. Stop by at your convenience between the hours listed to audition. No appointments are necessary. Auditions will be held on a first come first serve basis. Please bring a performance resume and headshot and be prepared to sing approximately 1 minute of a song from a Broadway musical. You must provide your own Karaoke background track. No a Capella singing will be allowed.
Callbacks will be on August 16th. Please arrive at 3:30pm to allow time to process your paperwork and Registration Fees. All completed paperwork must be turned in and all monies paid prior to participating in callbacks. At 4 pm we will teach and execute a dance selection or other form of choreography. After the dance portion, we may select pairings and groups for readings, improvisation, and vocal work.
PLEASE NOTE: Being invited to callbacks does NOT guarantee a cast position. Anyone declining a role or not cast in the show will receive a full refund.
Musical Registration Fees are due at callbacks. To save time at callbacks you can pay your Fees ahead of time below via PayPal.
$250 per cast member (includes script, cast t-shirt, photo CD)
$200 for 2nd+ family members (no photography CD included)
We do not have any scholarships available at this time.
Rehearsals will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays beginning the week of August 20, 2018. You will not attend every rehearsal, only those you are called to.
Performances will be the weekend of November 16-18, 2018 at Ramona High School.
Producer: Brian Sharp
Director & Music Director: Janine McConnell
Choreographers: Radames & Stacey Montes
All roles are open:
Santa Claus: male, Santa Claus has a lot on his plate during the Christmas season, and it is starting to show. He is annoyed with the Elves and sad that people seem to be losing their Christmas spirit; a character performer who can play an older (and somewhat cranky) man while trying hard to keep his holiday spirit; range: Bb3-D5
Buddy: male, the perfect elf! He’s good-natured, he means well, and he’s happy. There’s only one problem. He’s not an elf – he’s an adult human; an older teen who is an excellent actor, good singer and has an energetic earnestness and comedic timing; range, B3-G5
Jovie: female, works as a store elf at Macy’s, but she doesn’t quite exude the Christmas spirit, kind of cynical, a bit tough around the edges, and now the target of Buddy’s complete adoration; a teen female actor with a strong singing voice; range: G3–Db5
Michael Hobbs: male, 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; a solid actor/ singer with an unchanged voice; range: G3–D5
Charlie: male, in charge of monitoring the other Elves, making sure every present is wrapped and every bow is tied; a performer with a good speaking voice and is comfortable taking command of the stage; speaking role.
Shawanda: female, a dependable and caring elf, will do whatever she can to help out others; a good actress with a good speaking voice; speaking role.
Sam: male, one of Walter’s office staff who is in a bind; a performer with a good speaking voice; speaking role.
Walter Hobbs: male, Buddy’s real father. He’s so focused on keeping his job that he is not making time for his family. He can be stern and unemotional; a great teen actor/singer with a strong, authoritative presence, but can also show his softer side; range, B3–E5
Deb: female, Walter’s secretary, is responsible for keeping her boss happy. She does this by sharing her positive attitude with everyone; a young actress with a pleasant demeanor and a good speaking voice; speaking role
Emily Hobbs: female, Walter’s devoted wife, a problem solver and an excellent mother who is doing everything she can to provide a positive family dynamic; an excellent actress and singer who effortlessly conveys a sense of maturity and warmth; range, G3–D5
Security Guards: male or female, Security Guard #1 and Security Guard #2 are a stern duo from Walter’s office, making sure everyone who enters has permission; a duo that works well together and fits the bill for a tough pair; speaking role.
Mr. Greenway: male, one of the crankiest businessmen around; an older teen with a commanding presence; speaking role.
Charlotte Dennon: female, a TV reporter with a big personality. She doesn’t like being shown up; an older teen with charisma and strong acting ability; speaking role
Darlene Lambert and Emma Van Brocklin: females, on the scene in Central Park and are convinced of Santa’s magic after Buddy reveals their past Christmas gifts; older teens with nice singing voices and some acting experience; speaking roles.
Elves: boys and girls, 7+, Santa’s special helpers who love their job making toys to meet their Christmas Eve deadline.
The Ensemble: males or females, includes Santa’s Helpers, New Yorkers, Macy’s Employees, Fake Santa, Policemen, Office Staff, Carolers and Finale Soloists. All are important roles for creating the distinct worlds of the North Pole and New York City.
No experience is required to audition. Most of our students learn through participation.
Solo auditions only. No duet or group auditions.
You will be auditioning for the Audition Committee, generally about 4-5 people.
Come prepared if you want to be considered for a role.
Project so the judges can hear your beautiful voice. Do not sing uncontrollably (scream sing).
Strategize Your Music Selection. Avoid the trendy (what is currently popular) as many will sing those same songs. The goal is to stand out in the crowd. Broadway and Disney songs are preferred for auditions. Avoid Country and Pop songs.
You are responsible to bring your own Karaoke background track.
Enter with a smile and do your best. We’ve been on the audition side too. We are looking for potential, not perfection.
Make a good impression and show that you care about your craft. Dress nicely for your audition. Wear something distinctive so the Audition Committee will remember you.
Bring your performance resume and headshot. This is standard for auditions and a part of the educational process of theatre. Even if you are new to theatre, please gather your performing experience from school and church activities, along with piano/voice/dance lessons.
Research the musical you are auditioning for. Read up on the musical on Wikipedia or watch the musical movie version. Get acquainted with the roles. Do any of the roles have any casting limitations (height, weight, age, male/female, ethnicity)? Do you realistically fit the roles that you would like?
Our Audition Committee reserves the right to not cast students/families that have had trouble completing their previous commitment to an IRYT production. This includes consistent tardiness and late arrivals, behavior problems, and students who quit a production in the midst of rehearsals.