The Charleston Light Opera Guild and the Clay Center present Elf: The Musical in the Maier Performance Hall at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences on October 30-31 and November 6-7 at 7:30pm with matinees on November 1 and 8 at 2:00pm.

Elf is a musical based on the 2003 motion picture of the same name, with a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin and an adapted book from the film by the awarded team of Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan. The musical ran on Broadway during the holiday seasons of 2010-11 and 2012-13 and at the Madison Square Garden Theater in December 2017. It also toured the USA in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

William "Buddy" Hobbs, a young orphan child, mistakenly crawls into Santa Claus' bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. After discovering the baby, Santa and his elves decide to raise the child as an elf. Years later, Buddy finds out that he's actually a human being and, at Santa's prompting, heads off to New York City in search of his father, Walter Hobbs. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his birth family and help New York City remember the true meaning of Christmas.


Singing (ages 10-14): Monday, August 31 at 6:00pm (prepare musical selection; bring printed music for accompanist)

Singing (high school - adult ages): Monday, August 31 at 7:30pm (prepare musical selection; bring printed music for accompanist)

Reading: Tuesday, September 1 at 7:30pm (those auditioning for Michael and adult roles; scripts provided)

Dancing: Wednesday, September 2 at 7:30pm (ages 15-adult; dancers and roles that require dance; be prompt; combinations will be taught)

*All auditions held at the Guild Theatre*



Nina Denton Pasinetti

Musical Director/Conductor

Bobby Hodges, Jr.


David Patrick


Buddy - the perfect elf; good-natured, happy all the time, discovers he's human; good role for a young man who is an excellent actor, good singer, movement skills (be rollerblades and taps), and has energy and comic timing; should be taller than the other elves (played by humans); tenor (Bb2-A4)

Jovie - works as a store elf at Macy's but doesn't exude the Christmas spirit; she's cynical and a bit tough around the edges; adored by Buddy; needs strong singing voice with a belt up to a D flat; strong movement skills (rollerblades); tap dancing skills a plus; 20-30s; alto (G3-D5)

Walter Hobbs - Buddy's real father; focused on his job and not his family; can be stern and unemotional, but ultimately recommits to his family; strong actor with authoritative presence, yet can show softer side; strong movement (some tap skills) a plus; high baritone (A2-G4)

Emily Hobbs - Walter's devoted wife who would prefer her husband to spend more time at home; excellent mother and problem solver; good actress and singer who conveys sense of maturity and warmth; must have a strong belt up to a C; alto (F3-D5)

Michael Hobbs - smarter than average 12-year-old son of Walter and Emily; he befriends his new adult brother; solid young actor and singer with an unchanged voice up to E; must move well (tap skills a bonus); alto (F3-E5)

Deb - Walter's secretary who must keep Walter and the office happy; shares her positive attitude with all; character actress with an excellent belt; must move well; alto (C4-C5)

Mr. Greenway - cranky businessman; a big boss with a commanding presence; tenor (to A5)

Santa Claus - great role for a character performer who can play an older (and somewhat cranky) man while trying hard to keep his holiday spirit; also narrates the show, must move well; baritone (Bb2-E4)

Ensemble - New Yorkers, Macy employees, business people, joggers, carolers, parents and others; some children and teens needed

Dancers - singer/dancers to play elves and others; tap a plus; an entire number is performed on the knees