Woman Singing for Performance

What we are looking for in your audition:

As directors, we have been asked to share information pertaining to the process of presenting a great audition. At the Palace Playhouse we look for four main items as we hold auditions for each theatre productions.

PRESENTATION: As each person presents him/herself on stage, the first 10 seconds
tells the most about the type of performer we are about to watch. We look for eye
contact, projection and enunciation while introducing him/herself and selections to
be presented. We look for stage presence, such as standing tall on both feet, eyes
engaged, confidence, and grooming.

MATERIAL SELECTION: Choosing a great song for each audition is key. It is best to
sing material that is similar in tone, mood, and personality to the musical for which
you will audition. For example, at the auditions for Newsies we heard great choices
from Matilda, Annie, and Junie B. Jones, which were more fitting than Gershwin
ballads or church songs.

ABILITY: Musical selections are required to have accompaniment. This shows
ability to match pitch, rhythm, and if the singer can produce volume. Monologues
give us the opportunity to see contrast in style and character of the one who

ROLE PLACEMENT: Even when all the above have been met or have even excelled,
we still must look at the needs of the production. Considerations are made as to
how many to cast and costume, and how varying ages, sizes and shapes can be
utilized to fit the needs of the show.

There are many variables to consider when casting each production. Hours are spent going over the applications checking rehearsal conflicts and reviewing impressions from the audition. It is wonderful to watch children, teens, and adults participate. We are always grateful to each and every one from our talented community who choose to audition for a production at the Palace Playhouse.


What you should have prepared before you come to auditions:

  • Come prepared to sing 16-32 measures from a Broadway musical similar to the scheduled production.  All audition songs are expected to be memorized.  Do not plan to sing an entire verse, only 32 measures are needed.  Lengthy music introductions should be eliminated.


  • Musical selection should reveal character, personality, vocal quality and range.


  • Musical auditions must be accompanied.  A cappella auditions will not be accepted.  Accompaniment can be live, keyboard, or electronic.  An accompanist will be available if needed, but it is always wise (if possible) to bring your own.  If you use electronic accompaniment, please eliminate lengthy introductions.

  • A short 30-second memorized monologue is recommended.  A monologue is not a poem.  It is a memorized selection spoken by a character from a musical or play, performed to reveal the character’s intent.

  • Please supply a personal resume.  If you do not have a completed resume, use the following link: AUDITION FORM, to print and fill out with your personal information to be submitted at the time of your audition at the Palace.

  • Date you know you have conflicts for both the rehearsal process and shows. 

2022 Season Upcoming Auditions

Elf the Musical

Book by Thomas Meehan​ and Bob Martin

Music by Matthew Sklar

Lyrics by Chad Beguelin

Based on the New Line Cinema film by David Berenbaum.

Director Phil Shepherd

Music Director Trent Clegg

Choreographer Vanessa Grow and Meagan Brockett

Show Dates: November 30 - December 23,2022


Audition Dates: Tues. Sept. 20th and Wed. Sept 21st 6:30 - 9:00PM at the Palace  

  • If you would like to send a video audition please send it to thepalacetheatrepocatello@gmail.com.

  • Accompanist, Aux, and iPhone hook-up will be available. All roles are available. Callbacks and dance auditions will by invitation only.

  • Please prepare 16-32 bars of music in a similar style of the show.

  • Please prepare a 30-60 second monologues

  • ​All roles available. 10 years old is the minimum age. Limited roles.​

  • We are looking for the characters listed plus dancers who can sing for our ensemble, heavy dance show.



Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity.


This show is rated PG


BUDDY - Male, to play 25 to 35. 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.

Vocal range top: C5

Vocal range bottom: Ab2


JOVIE - Female, to play 25 to 30. 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.

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: G3


WALTER -  Male, to play 55 to 65. 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.

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: A2


EMILY - Female, to play 40 to 50. 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.

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: F3

MICHAEL - Male, to play 12 to 16. 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.

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: F3


DEB - Female, to play 25 to 55. 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.

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: D4


MANAGER - Male, to play 35 to 40. A heavy-set manager at Macy's. He is a good, friendly guy just trying to do his job and get by.

Vocal range top: F#4

Vocal range bottom: B2


GREENWAY - Male, to play 55 to 65. Walter's boss. He is what Walter will become if he continues down the path he is on. A tyrannical, workaholic who cares nothing about the people around him or who work for him.


SANTA - Male, to play 65 to 80. 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.

Vocal range top: E4

Vocal range bottom: A2


CHADWICK - Male, to play 40 to 50. One of Walter's right-hand men. He is desperate to keep his job, and perhaps the dumber of the two.

MATTHEWS - Male, to play 35 to 40. One of Walter's right-hand men. He is desperate to keep his job and is the schemer of the two.


ENSEMBLE - Mrs. Claus, Elves, Charlie, Tiara, Mr. Narwhal, Teenager, Employees, Security Guard 1&2, Customer 1&2, Saleswoman, Store Elf 1&2, Fake Santa 1&2&3, Boy, Mother, Policeman 1&2, Sarah, Jim, Vendor, Waitress, Charlotte, Man, Woman