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ELF MICHAEL CASTING

We are on the hunt for TWO young actors to play the role of MICHAEL in our holiday production of ELF THE MUSICAL!⁠

All actors must be:
- between the ages of 10 to 13
- voice has not changed (soprano range)
- looks to be 12 years of age
- ability to sing

Commitment Expectations are:

- availability for at least 75% of the rehearsal schedule and 60% of the performance schedule
- Rehearsals are:

Saturday & Sundays - 2:30pm to 10pm
Tuesdays to Thursdays - 6:30pm to 10:30pm

*two weeks prior to opening rehearsal start earlier and end later

- Performances are November 25 to December 30

Tuesdays - 10am & 7pm
Wednesdays - 10am
Thursdays to Sat - 7pm
Saturdays & Sundays - 2pm
* No shows Dec 24 to 26, alternate schedule from Dec 27 to 30


The audition Deadline is Friday, September 30

We can't wait to see who will play Buddy's little brother in our upcoming production.

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2023/24 AUDITION INFORMATION

StoryBook is excited to launch our Season 47 Auditions.

StoryBook believes that inclusivity and diversity are integral to the stories we tell both on and off our stage and wants an environment where everyone, from any background, can do their best work. We encourage people of all ages, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, and ethnicity to apply.

AUDITIONS OPEN - Monday, July 5 at 12am
AUDITIONS CLOSE - Saturday, June 17 at 11:59pm

Callback dates are set as follows:

June 24 - 10am to 6pm - Holiday Show

June 25 - 10am to 6pm - Year End Show
June 25 - 6:30pm to 10:30pm - Fall Show
June 26 - 6:30pm to 10:30pm - Winter Show

June 27 - 6:30pm to 10:30pm - Spring Show

*dates subject to change closer to the audition process

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REQUIREMENTS

Anyone wishing to be considered for any of our productions this season must submit a General Audition form along with all necessary information.


You must be 10 years of age at the time of the audition to be considered.

In order to submit an a form for consideration you will need to prepare the following:
 

Theatre Resume or List of Performance information

This does not need to be a formal resume or even fancy. A simple list of what you may have done in the past that shows where you are at in a performance level. For some this may be as simple as performing for your family, for others it could be dance or vocal recitals.  If you have a formal resume we would accept that as well.

 

Headshot or Photo

This does not need to be a professional photo, but it does need to show your face, so please no photos in profile or with sunglasses on.  This allows the team to see you and know who they are about to hear and see perform.  While the photo does not need to be professional, it does need to be clear, well lit and show your face.

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS

In order to submit for our General Auditions, you will need to have access to a video recording device of some kind.  Again, you do not need to spend a bunch of money, but you do need to make sure that the device can clearly see you and hear you, especially once you start playing your music.

You will also need to upload your videos to YOUTUBE as an unlisted video.  This means that only people with the link and yourself can access it. 

For almost everyone, there are FOUR VIDEOS which are required.
 

1.  HELLO Video

2. MONOLOGUE Video

3. UPTEMPO Musical Theatre Video

4. BALLAD Musical Theatre Video

If you are only submitting for "Peter and the Star Catcher", you only need to submit Videos 1 and 2.
 

1. HELLO Video

This is a short introduction video where you show the panel who you are.  In this video be sure to give us your name, age and why you want to be considered for the 46th Season at StoryBook Theatre along with anything else you think we need to know about you.  This should be no longer than one minute.

 

2. MONOLOGUE Video

Prepare a short comedic monologue.  Make sure to introduce the monologue along with who it is by and speak clearly.  Do not perform directly to the camera.  This should be no longer than two minutes max.

3. UPTEMPO Musical Theatre Video

You are encouraged to do a cut of the piece but the full song is also acceptable. Your song choice must be from the musical theatre canon..  These should be sung along with a track/accompaniment but it is important we hear you more than we hear the track.

 

2. BALLAD Musical Theatre Video

You are encouraged to do a cut of the piece but the full song is also acceptable. Your song choice must be from the musical theatre canon..  These should be sung along with a track/accompaniment but it is important we hear you more than we hear the track.

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What is the MUSICAL THEATRE CANON?
Any song that can be found in any musical ever written.

What is a BALLAD?
Ballads are songs that are usually characterized by a slower tempo and emotional characters. Since the storyline in the ballad is dramatic, the notes need sustained development, longer lyrics, and a long melody. The possibilities are endless with romance, drama, nostalgia, and even comedy.


What is an UPTEMPO?
Uptempo is usually quicker, peppy, sometimes comedy-driven or used to feature deft lyrics or a dance break.  Usually these are narration songs performed by the comedic characters, or in a light moment of a musical.

 
 

COMMITMENT
It is expected that should you be cast in the production you are available for 90% of all of the rehearsals and 100% of all tech rehearsals and performance dates. We ask that you please review the commitment for each production.

If you cannot attend all performance dates, due to regular employment, we encourage you to continue to audition as alternative arrangements may be available to support your inclusion.  This is not a guarantee but should not stop you from participating in the audition process.


IS THIS ALL VOLUNTEER?

The short answer is yes.

For the last 45 years has dedicated itself to providing Calgary with quality family programming.  During that time, it has undergone several variations on who and what it is, but at its core, volunteers have always been integral to our success.   For the 46th Season, we will return to our roots and provide those artists willing to volunteer their time and artistry with us an opportunity to grow their craft and finish the season as better artists and community builders.

DO ACTORS NOT GET PAID?

We are committed to our emerging artists and giving them a platform to learn and grow. 

Paid contracts ARE NOT offered to our performers in our shows.

We feel our actors are being given a chance to network and elevate themselves to their own next level of success.  We have made it our mandate to offer a quality production experience by engaging working theatre professionals to provide "on-the-job training" thus bridging the gap between the emerging and professional community.  We have seen the benefits of this setup and watched many of our actors move on to professional careers in theatre and film.

StoryBook should be considered an opportunity to learn and grow. Therefore, we put focus on our ability to provide an opportunity to our artists in a variety of ways, such as:

Free Professional Workshops 

Opportunities for growth and learning beyond production are few and far between.  Therefore, anyone cast in an SBT production will be invited to take part in what could be weekly FREE professional development workshops, like "accounting for artists", "improv", "how to ace a dance call", and "audition workshops", to name a few.

Matinee Bursary

Once cast in a show, a drawback may be your need to take time off from your regular job in order to do our shows.  This could be evening or matinee productions.  If this is the case, you will be invited to submit a “Work Bursary Request" to support your wage loss. Each production will be limited to a select number of bursaries and submission for this bursary should not be contingent on your participation in a show.
 

We have a focus on supporting the emerging in their artistic growth and learning and fundamentally making sure that StoryBook is a stepping stone in their theatre development and not simply a landing place. 

 

​Ultimately if you are auditioning with an idea or expectation of compensation beyond your personal growth, then this may not be the organization to work with.  Please understand that SBT is a learning environment where we want to set our artists up with the skills to see them succeed professionally and move on to paid professional shows.  We hope your experience with us puts you that much closer to gaining regular paid contracts.

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