Auditions for The Phipps Children’s Theater production of “Elf the Musical Jr.” for students in grades 7-12 will be held on Monday and Tuesday, October 14 and 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Actors may schedule an audition time by going to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0F4BAFAE2FA5FC1-elfjr.
Based on the holiday must-watch movie, “Elf,” this musical puts fun new tunes into an already beloved story. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Raised as an elf, Buddy is 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 does not even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
The first read-through will be Sunday October 27. Rehearsals will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m., with occasional Saturdays as needed. Nine performances will be given December 12- 21 on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 and 4 p.m., as well Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m.
Those auditioning should bring a head shot, photo, or a school picture. Actors should also bring a list of all conflicts they may have during the rehearsal period, which is extremely important to the director and the success of the show. Everyone should come prepared to sing a favorite holiday song and be ready to learn a short group movement routine.
There will be a $40 performance fee for each actor selected, which is due at the first rehearsal/parents meeting. Scholarships are available, if needed.
Director Lindsay Fitzgerald staged last season’s productions of “The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church,” “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley,” and “Strega Nona,” at The Phipps and is excited to be back. She also directs for Theatre Elision and Project Success in the Twin Cities area.
Ezelda Hasapopoulos has served as the music director for several Phipps productions, including the 2014 production of “Bah Humbug!,” and the Woodbury Community Theatre. She has a bachelor’s degree in music therapy and a master’s degree in music education.
Chris Adam choreographed “Once Upon a Mattress” for The Phipps and has performed at the center on many occasions. He instructs dance fitness classes at the YMCA in Hudson and on campus in River Falls.
For further information, contact The Phipps Center at 715.386.2305.