ELF Call for Submissions
About the Grand Theatre
A leading cultural hub, the Grand is proudly located in the heart of downtown London, Ontario. We are a place for all to gather, discuss, challenge, debate, celebrate, and be inspired and entertained by exceptional theatre experiences. A not-for-profit regional theatre, the Grand produces and presents professional theatre on two stages: the Spriet Stage (~800 seats) and the Auburn Stage (~150 seats).
A typical season at the Grand runs from September to May including an annual fall High School Project production, which has a 23-year history as an integral part of our programming.
The Grand is World Curious and London Proud. We bring the world to London with diverse, relevant, and original stories from around the globe, and through collaborations with exceptional national and international performing arts organizations.
And we bring London to the world stage with a commitment to developing, producing, and premiering new and original stories through COMPASS, our new play development program. In partnership with artists and playwrights from around the world and around the corner, we present relevant, provocative and entertaining stories that remind us of our collective humanity.
Elf book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, Music by Matthew Sklar, Lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Based on the New Line Cinema Film written by David Berenbaum.
Director: Dennis Garnhum
Musical Director: Alexandra Kane
Stage Manager: Kelly Luft
Based on the beloved holiday film, Elf tells the story of Buddy, an orphan who as an infant mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is accidently transported to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually a human, Buddy is raised believing that he is a true elf of the North Pole. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, Buddy embarks on a journey of self-discovery to New York City to track down his birth father. After realizing that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy becomes determined to uplift and joyously-bond with his new family – all the while reminding New York of the true meaning of Christmas.
Rehearsals Begin: October 24, 2022
Previews: November 22-24, 2022
Opening: November 25, 2022
Closing: December 24
Potential Extension up to January 7, 2023
Male, 20s-30s. Tenor.
Born a human but raised at the North Pole as a Christmas Elf, Buddy is eager to find his place in the world. He is a child at heart and that child-like curiosity makes him both endearing and gets him into trouble.
Female, 20s-30s. Alto/Mezzo-Soprano.
Buddy’s girlfriend. She works at Macy’s and has a bit of a cynical outlook on life and love because of the men she’s dated. She is caught off guard by Buddy’s genuinely big heart.
Male, 50s-60s. Baritone.
Buddy’s workaholic father. He is a Children’s book writer, but lacks any of the childlike spirit that Buddy has. He is selfish, tense, and generally angry with life.
Female, 40s-50s. Mezzo-Soprano.
Walter’s wife. Though she is sweet and willing to take him in, she thinks Buddy is crazy at first. Wishes her husband would spend more time with the family.
Buddy’s stepbrother who is excited to have a new friend and brother. Unlike his mother, he doesn’t take much convincing to have Christmas spirit, but like his mother, he wishes his father would spend more time with the family.
Female, 20s-50s. Alto/Mezzo-Soprano.
Walter’s secretary. Takes an instant liking to Buddy simply for the novelty of it. Though she aims to please and is a bit of a suck-up, she feels under appreciated.
Male, 60s-80s. Baritone/Tenor.
Just another workingman. Loves his job and Christmas, but also likes to kick-back and watch the game when a rare opportunity arises. A natural storyteller.
Strong singers, dancers, and physical performers. Various character roles including CHADWICK, MATTHEWS, JIM, CHARLOTTE DENNON, SHAWANDA.
Please submit a resume and headshot for consideration via Casting Workbook or through our form located here: https://forms.gle/9Had413qXhLfSSHS9. Please only submit once.
The deadline for submissions to be received is Thursday, May 26 at 5:00 pm.
Priority will be given to Equity artists, and they will be seen first at all auditions.
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