Elf the Musical (Grades PreK-12)

Students in Grades PreK through 12 this school year: Join us for our Youth Theatre Companies and Troupe musical: Elf the Musical!

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 realities 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 new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

There are four ways for students to participate onstage in Elf the Musical:

  • Jr. Companies – All students in grades PreK-K and 1-2, performing in Act 1 and a festive pre-show! No audition required. Monday rehearsals only until tech.
  • Companies – Students in grades 3-5 and 6-12, playing various Ensemble as the Elementary Company and Middle-High School Company. Auditions are encouraged but not required; everyone is welcome! Monday rehearsals only until tech.
  • Jr. Troupe – Students in grades 3-12, playing various Featured roles. Auditions required; everyone will be cast in either the Companies, Troupe, or Jr. Troupe! Rehearsals throughout the week as called.
  • Troupe – Selected students in grades 3-12, playing Supporting and Lead roles (Character descriptions and the script will be provided when registration opens.) Auditions required; everyone will be cast in either the Companies or Troupe! Rehearsals throughout the week as called.

For our Jr. Companies, we will be having a fully licensed, board-certified Music Therapist who will be meeting with a selected group of PreK-2nd grade students for the first half hour of the program. Using music, this Music Therapist will be teaching the students self-regulation techniques to deal with stress, aversions, and roadblocks to success that they may be having in the classroom. Students will then carry these interventions into the classroom for the remaining 45 minutes, with the Music Therapist available and floating between the classrooms to observe and help. The Music Therapist will also observe and meet with PreK-2nd grade staff members to assess and assist them with their classroom management and intervention skills as well!

Please select “YES” on the Music Therapy option on the Registration Form: Grades PreK-2 to indicate your interest in your student participating in this program. Note that it does not cost anything extra and will not change your student’s role in the show in any way! Email youth@cfcarts.com with any questions.

CFCArts is a Florida Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES, formerly Gardiner Scholarship) provider, and the FES can be used to cover program tuition! CFCArts scholarships are also available.

Registration will open in September 2022!

Register Grades PreK-2
Register Grades 3-12

Want to audition for the Jr. Troupe – Supporting and Lead roles? Students in grades 3-12 may choose to attend our Audition Prep Workshop on Wednesday, October 12, 5:30-7:30PM at First Congregational Church of Winter Park (225 S Interlachen Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789). Students will gain familiarity with the shows and characters, have the opportunity to participate in a mock acting audition and receive feedback, and participate in a Q&A session with casting staff. We offer a sibling discount for this workshop!

1 student – $20

2 siblings – $35

3 siblings – $50

Information

Please click here for an extensive outline of our safety procedures.

Please email Director of Education – Youth Programs, Leah Porrata, at Leah.Porrata@cfcarts.com with any questions.

All students will rehearse on Mondays at First Congregational Church of Winter Park (225 S Interlachen Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789) from October 17 to December 5 over 7 weeks; no rehearsal November 21 for Thanksgiving Week. Rehearsal will be held October 31 on Halloween, although students will be permitted to dress up and will be released early for trick or treating. Rehearsals will take place at the following times:

  • Jr. Company (Grades PreK-2): 5:15-6:45 PM (check-in from 5-5:15 PM, 1.5 hours of rehearsal)
  • Company, Jr. Troupe, and Troupe (Grades 3-12): 5:30-7:30 PM (check-in from 5:15-5:30 PM, 2 hours of rehearsal)
  • Jr. Troupe and Troupe students may be asked to stay as late as 8 PM some Mondays.

Troupe students will also rehearse on an as-called basis on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and some Fridays at First Congregational Church of Winter Park (225 S Interlachen Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789) from October 18 through December 9 anytime between 5:30-8 PM. There will be no rehearsal the week of November 21 for Thanksgiving Break. Important things to note for Troupe rehearsals:

  • Not every Troupe student will be called to every rehearsal! A full rehearsal schedule will be released after auditions by Wednesday, October 19. The number of rehearsals required will depend on the size of your student’s role.
  • All Troupe students should plan to attend rehearsal on Tuesday, October 18 for a read-through as well as every Monday rehearsal as listed above and of course, all tech and dress rehearsals as listed below. 
Tech and dress rehearsals will take place at the following days and times at Trinity Preparatory School (5700 Trinity Prep Ln, Winter Park, FL 32792): 

  • Jr. Company (Grades PreK-2): 
    • Monday, December 12, 5:30-7:30 PM
    • Thursday, December 15, 5:30-8 PM
  • Companies (Grades 3-12, Ensemble): 
    • Monday, December 12, 5:30-8 PM
    • Tuesday, December 13, 5:30-8:30 PM
    • Wednesday, December 14, 5:30-9 PM
    • Thursday, December 15, 5:30-9:30 PM
  • Jr. Troupe and Troupe (Grades 3-12, Lead, Supporting, and Featured): 
    • Monday, December 12, 5:30-9 PM
    • Tuesday, December 13, 5:30-9:30 PM
    • Wednesday, December 14, 5:30-9:30 PM
    • Thursday, December 15, 5:30-10 PM

All cast must attend all their scheduled tech and dress rehearsals and performances or they will not be able to perform.

Performances will take place on Friday, December 16 at 7 PM; Saturday, December 17 at 2 PM and 7 PM at Trinity Preparatory School (5700 Trinity Prep Ln, Winter Park, FL 32792.) See below for show day schedules:

  • Friday, December 16, 5:30 PM call time, 7 PM performance, estimated end time between 9-10 PM (Jr. Companies released at intermission, approximately 8-8:30 PM)
  • Saturday, December 17, 12:30 PM call time, 2 PM performance, estimated end time and dinner break start between 3:30-4 PM
  • Saturday, December 17, 5:30 PM call time, 7 PM performance, estimated end time around 9-9:30 PM
    • All Jr. Troupe and Companies students in grades 6-12 must stay for strike until latest 10 PM
    • All Jr. Companies students as well as Companies and Jr. Troupe students in grades 3-5 are released following the performance end time as soon as their personal costumes are neatly hung and dressing rooms are clean

Audience members may purchase in-person tickets on the event page and may attend following our safety procedures.

All cast must attend all their scheduled tech and dress rehearsals and performances or they will not be able to perform.

Tuition for all performers is as follows: (scholarships and payment plans available; see below.) 

  • Jr. Companies (All Grades PreK-2): $150 
  • Companies (Grades 3-12, Featured and Ensemble Roles): $175 
  • Troupe (Grades 3-12, Lead and Supporting Roles): $200

There are four ways to cover tuition:

  • Complete the tuition payment in full via registration (opening September 2022) or by mailing a check (made out to CFCArts) to PO Box 720517 Orlando, FL 32872 (please email youth@cfcarts.com once check is posted; checks cannot be accepted at rehearsals.) Payment is due no later than Monday, October 17
  • Reach out to youth@cfcarts.com to set up a tuition payment plan of two installments. The first installment will be due no later than Monday, October 17, and the second installment no later than Monday, November 14. Students must have tuition paid in full to perform in the production. Installment payments may be made online or by mailing a check (made out to CFCArts) to PO Box 720517 Orlando, FL 32872 (please email youth@cfcarts.com once check is posted, and be sure to set up your payment plan with us first.)
  • Complete the Financial Assistance Application, opening September 2022, no later than Monday, October 17 to be considered for a need-based scholarship for this program. Any remaining balance for your student’s tuition will be due no later than Monday, November 14. Students must have their remaining tuition balance paid in full to perform in the production. Payment of the remaining balance may be made online or by mailing a check (made out to CFCArts) to PO Box 720517 Orlando, FL 32872 (please email youth@cfcarts.com once check is posted.)
  • CFCArts is a Florida Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES, formerly Gardiner Scholarship) direct pay provider, and the FES can be used to cover program tuition. Simply email your student’s FES ID number to us at youth@cfcarts.com no later than Monday, October 17 and we will invoice FES for the amount of the program tuition.
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Auditions

Auditions will take place on October 14-15 (callbacks for selected students October 16) at First Congregational Church of Winter Park (225 S Interlachen Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789) and are fully optional for Grades 3-12. (Students in Grades PreK-2 may not audition in advance.) These auditions will determine the lead and supporting roles for our Troupe as well as featured roles for our Companies. Auditions are for placement only – there’s a role for all actors in this production!

Auditions for our Fall Plays, Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars (Jr. Troupe and Companies, Grades PreK-12) and Murder on the Orient Express (Troupe, Grades 6-12 , will take place August 12-13. Please click the link for more information about this upcoming production!

If your young actor wishes to participate without auditioning, that is completely fine! You will be able to note that preference on your student’s registration. We are happy to find a place in this production for your young performer, even if they are audition-shy!

Audition blocks are listed below, and you can select which one your student will attend on your student’s registration form (opening September 2022.) Students must stay for the duration of their audition block.

  • Block A – Friday, October 14, 5:30-8 PM
  • Block B – Saturday, October 15, 9:30 AM-12 PM
  • Block C – Saturday, October 15, 1-3:30 PM
  • Block D – Saturday, October 15, 4-6:30 PM

Callbacks will be held for selected students on Sunday, October 16, sometime between 2-6 PM. Students will be informed of their callback status and exact call time by email no later than 10 PM on Saturday, October 15.

  • Fill out your student’s registration form, opening September 2022. Headshots and resumes are encouraged as well, and can be emailed to youth@cfcarts.com at least 24 hours prior to your audition in PDF format. If emailed late or in a different format, we may not be able to access your resume. Please do not bring hard copies to your audition.
  • Prepare and memorize a 16 to 32-bar selection from a musical theatre song. Please do not sing selections from Elf the Musical. Please bring sheet music with full piano accompaniment, three-hole-punched, double-sided, and in a three-ring binder. An accompanist will be provided. Tracks may not be used. Students may not sing a cappella (without accompaniment.) If you need assistance locating appropriate sheet music, please contact us at youth@cfcarts.com at least 48 hours before your audition (but preferably sooner!) and we will help you.
  • All auditioners will participate in cold readings from Elf the Musical. The script will be made available once registration opens September 2022. Students do not need to memorize any part of the script or prepare a monologue.
  • Please bring a water bottle. Food and gum is not permitted.
  • Dance or athletic shoes required. No restrictive attire, open-toed shoes, flip-flops/sandals, heels, or skirts/dresses without leggings or shorts beneath.
  • Auditions, as well as rehearsals, are closed to parents and other visitors. For safety reasons, only students and approved staff/volunteers are permitted.
  • If your student would like some help preparing for their audition, the CFCArts Academy is here to help with Private Lessons in audition prep covering acting, voice, and/or dance coaching! Lessons can be one-time (called “Flex”) or you can set up recurring lessons if you prefer. Contact Academy@cfcarts.com to register!

Please follow these steps to register your student.

  • Please register for an audition, or to participate without auditioning, by filling out the registration form (opening September 2022.)
  • Students new to CFCArts, or returning from a season earlier than Fall 2021, will need to fill out the CFCArts Membership Application.
  • Once your registration is complete, you will be sent Fall 2022 paperwork via EverSign to your email.

Not quite ready to join but have some questions about the program or how to get involved?
Just ask! Contact our office at 407-937-1800;719, or email us at Youth@cfcarts.com.

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