Upcoming Audition

Knoxville Children’s Theatre (KCT) will hold auditions on Wednesday, October 2 for our upcoming production of “Elf: The Musical, Jr.” based on the Broadway adaptation of the comic holiday film.

The audition will take place from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM at KCT at 109 E. Churchwell Avenue.  KCT Student Director Jacob Sousley will direct the production, Paul Jones will serve as Musical Director, and Donya Walker will choreograph.

Auditions are by appointment only. Auditionees may choose from the following appointment times: 4:30 PM, 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 7:00 PM, and 7:30 PM. Seven auditionees will be seen at each appointment time; a maximum of 49 auditionees will be seen.  Auditionees should be prepared to stay for 45 minutes after their appointment time.

Auditionees may choose to attend a choreography workshop on Monday, September 30 from 7 – 8:30 pm to learn the audition combination. More information will be sent about the workshop when you schedule your audition.

There are at least 18 available roles, including excellent roles for both boys and girls.  The minimum age to audition is 8 years old, and the maximum age is 18.

There are at least three roles for actors making their KCT debuts.

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 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.  Elf JR. features songs by Tony Award-nominees, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, with a book by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin.

Auditionees should prepare 12 -16 bars of a song, preferably from the Musical Theatre repertoire.  Each auditionee must bring sheet music for the live accompanist.  No “a cappella” auditions (auditions without accompaniment) will be heard.  Do NOT choose a song from the show.  Please highlight or clearly mark the section of the music that you will be singing for the audition.

Songs will be evaluated on pitch, strength of volume, tone, clearness of diction, depth of emotional expression, and ability to act while singing.  Songs from musical theatre are highly preferred.

Auditoners should also prepare a SHORT one-minute monologue from a play or novel. The monologue should express comic emotion and a theatrical level of volume and expression.

Auditioners should bring their calendars. All actors will be asked to list all conflicts with the rehearsal schedule. The director will make every attempt to work around conflicts, whenever possible.

Music rehearsals will begin on Sunday, October 13.  Stage rehearsals continue through Thursday, December 5.  Rehearsals are held Sunday through Thursday evenings.  No rehearsal from November 26 through 30 for Thanksgiving.  Actors should expect to attend most rehearsals. Tech rehearsals, December 1 -5, are mandatory.

Actors must also be available for all 15 regular performances: December 1 – 17, Thursdays through Sundays.

To make an audition appointment please use the online audition request form found at: https://knoxvillechildrenstheatre.com/register-for-an-audition/

No calls for appointments, please.

Due to time restrictions, auditioners without an appointment will not be seen.

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