Full Synopsis

The story begins at the North Pole as Santa Claus and his Elves sing a Christmas Carol in his shop (“Happy All the Time”). Their song is interrupted by the arrival of Buddy the Elf, who, despite an abundance of enthusiasm, falls short in his toy-making abilities. Charlie, the boss, expresses disappointment, but the elves quickly chime in to make Buddy feel better. Charlie tells Buddy to take a break and asks Shawanda to pick up the extra slack. Unaware that Buddy is listening, they reveal that Buddy is, in fact, a human and not an elf. Buddy approaches Santa for confirmation and Santa reveals that Buddy, as an orphaned baby, had crawled into his toy sack and was accidentally taken back to the North Pole, where he was raised by the Elves. Handing Buddy a New York City snow globe, Santa explains that Buddy’s father works in the Empire State Building, doesn’t know about Buddy’s existence and is on the “Naughty List” for his lack of Christmas spirit. Buddy sets off from the North Pole to New York City (“World’s Greatest Dad”).

Upon arriving in Manhattan, Buddy is surrounded by the sights and sounds of the city: a Business Woman yells for a taxi, a Jogger in a red suit, two Flyer Guys, and lots of New Yorkers rush by. Asking a passing Teenager where to find the Empire State Building, Buddy sets off to meet his father. Meanwhile, Walter Hobbs and Sam are discussing the unfortunate situation with their latest title, “Jingles, The Jolly Christmas Puppy,” from which the last two pages are missing. Secretary Deb shows in Walter’s wife, Emily, and his twelve-year-old son, Michael, who want to go Christmas shopping. Suddenly, Buddy bursts in, excited to meet his father for the first time. Stunned with Buddy’s declaration that he is Walter’s son, Walter demands that the Security Guards escort Buddy out, dropping him at Macy’s Christmas department.

At Macy’s, a Saleswoman greets Buddy, and the Manager mistakes Buddy for a corporate employee who has been sent to check on the store. Buddy falls in love at first sight with Macy’s elf, Jovie, and inspires other Macy’s Employees to decorate with some Christmas Spirit (“Sparklejollytwinklejingley”). Jovie agrees to go on a date with Buddy just as Santa’s Helper announces the arrival of Fake Santa. Children and Parents line up, but just as a Mother leads her Child to see Santa, Buddy announces to everyone that it is not the real Santa. The two fight, and Buddy is escorted away by Policemen, who take him to the Hobbs’ apartment, where Michael is trying to build a science project. Buddy agrees to help if Michael and Emily will write letters to Santa Claus (“I’ll Believe in You”). When Walter arrives home, Emily reveals that Buddy is, in fact, Walter’s son, as the results of a DNA test have proven.

The next day, Walter takes Buddy with him to work. Office Staff, including Sarah, are bustling around as Mr. Greenway demands a Christmas book to replace “Jingles, The Jolly Christmas Puppy.” Deb entertains Buddy, telling him the shredder makes snow. Later, Buddy takes Jovie to a souvlaki stand for their dinner date, where she confesses she’s always wanted to see snow. Buddy promises to take her to Christmas Eve dinner at Tavern on the Green (“A Christmas Song”). Back at the office, Walter and Chadwick desperately try to come up with ideas for a new children’s Christmas story. Matthews claims to have found a lost manuscript that could save their jobs. Buddy bursts in to tell Walter he’s in love and, while Walter talks with colleagues, Buddy decides to make “snow” by putting the manuscript through the shredder. The manuscript destroyed, Walter explodes with anger and tells Buddy to get out of his life (“World’s Greatest Dad – Reprise”). A group of Carolers passes as Buddy leaves a goodbye note for Hobbs.

Buddy realizes he forgot all about Jovie. She’s been waiting for hours at Tavern on the Green (“Never Fall In Love – With an Elf”). He arrives and apologizes, giving her the snow globe Santa gave him when he left the North Pole. Still upset, Jovie leaves.

Meanwhile, Michael and Emily see Santa out the window while reading Buddy’s note (“There Is a Santa Claus”). They go to Walter’s office to tell him, but he’s preoccupied with trying to think up a story for Mr. Greenway. Suddenly, Buddy returns and suggests his own story (“The Story of Buddy”). Mr. Greenway loves the idea, but is rude to Michael and Buddy, demanding Walter work on Christmas Day. In response, Walter quits his job in order to finally spend time with his family.

When Michael tells Buddy about seeing Santa, everyone rushes to Central Park to help Santa gather the Christmas spirit he needs to make his now-broken sleigh fly. A large crowd gathers around Santa’s broken sleigh, including New York One reporter, Charlotte Dennon. To prove to the crowd that it’s actually Santa Claus, Buddy reveals what Darlene Lambert and Emma Van Brocklin received as gifts on past Christmases. Buddy urges everyone to get into the Christmas spirit, and Jovie arrives to help him (“A Christmas Song – Reprise”). The New Yorkers sing, and Santa’s sleigh rises into the air, Christmas spirit restored and everyone gets what they want for Christmas!

Character Breakdown

Buddy is the perfect elf! He s good-natured, he means well, and he s happy& all the time. There s only one problem. He s not an elf  he s an adult human. This role is perfect for a young man who is an excellent actor and good singer who has the energetic earnestness and comedic timing that Buddy needs. It s helpful to cast an actor who is taller than the other Elves. This will help differentiate Buddy and adds to the humor of the show.
The Elves are Santas special helpers who love their job making toys to meet their Christmas Eve deadline. These roles are great for younger performers, or for those who can embody a youthful spirit, enjoy singing and work well together as a group.
Charlie is in charge of monitoring the other Elves, making sure every present is wrapped and every bow is tied. Cast a young performer with a good speaking voice, someone who is comfortable taking command of the stage and has authority over the rest of the Elves, but always remains friendly.
Shawanda is a dependable and caring elf. She will do whatever she can to help out others, including Buddy, even though she accidentally reveals that he is a human. Cast a good actress with a clear speaking voice for this very important moment in the story.
Sam is one of Walter s Office Staff who is in a bind at the top of the show. A young performer with a good speaking voice and strong character choices will do the trick.
Walter Hobbs, Buddy s real father, is so focused on keeping his job that he is not making time for his family. He can be stern and unemotional at times, but ultimately he learns to recommit to his family. Cast a great actor with a strong, authoritative presence, but be sure they can also show his softer side
Deb, Walter’s secretary, has the big responsibility of keeping her boss and the whole office happy. She does this by sharing her positive attitude with everyone. This is a plum role for a young woman with a pleasant demeanor, yet efficient work ethic, who is a solid actor with a good speaking voice.
Emily Hobbs is Walter’s devoted wife who would prefer her husband to spend a little more time at home. She is a problem solver and an excellent mother who is doing everything she can to provide a positive family dynamic. Cast an excellent actress and singer who effortlessly conveys a sense of maturity and warmth.
Michael Hobbs is the smarter-than-average 12-year-old son of Walter and Emily. He quickly befriends his new adult brother, Buddy, and does everything he can to make sure Buddy becomes a permanent part of the family. Look for a solid young actor and singer with an unchanged voice.
Security Guard #1 and Security Guard #2 are a stern duo from Walter’s office, making sure everyone who enters has permission. Cast a duo that works well together and fits the bill for a tough pair.
The Saleswoman is the first person to greet Buddy as he enters Macy s. She s the consummate sales person: smiling, over friendly, and always trying to sell something. This is a great ensemble role for a young woman with little stage experience.
The manager is a terrific featured acting role for a performer with good comedic timing. As the manager of Macy’s, he s doing everything he can to make sure all the employees stay in line.
Jovie works as a store elf at Macy’s, but don’t be mistaken she doesn’t quite exude the Christmas spirit. She s kind of cynical, a bit tough around the edges, and now the target of Buddy s complete adoration. This is a fantastic role for a young woman with a strong singing voice and acting chops.
Santa’s Helper works as a Macy’s Employee and announces when each kid gets to visit with Santa. This is a good ensemble role for a performer with a loud voice.
Fake Santa is a poor replacement for the real Santa. He s an employee of Macy’s who is a bit rough around the edges. Fake Santa should be played by a performer who is unafraid of being a little over-the-top and has good physical control of his body.
Policeman #1 and Policeman #2 are a friendly pair of cops who return Buddy to the Hobbs household. These are perfect featured roles for two ensemble members.
Sarah is a staff member at Walter s office. This is a nice role for a less experienced actor with a good singing voice.
Mr. Greenway is one of the crankiest businessmen around. He is the big boss, so look for an older student with a commanding presence to tackle this acting role.
Chadwick and Matthews are staff members at Walter’s office who are doing everything they can think of to save the day and make their boss happy. Cast a pair of good character actors who work well with each other and are able to drive the action of scenes.
Charlotte Dennon is a TV reporter with a big personality. She does her best to keep her professional persona in public and doesn’t like being shown up. This is a great role for a young woman with professional charisma and someone who can make strong acting choices.
Finale Soloists #1,#2,#3 and #4 are good roles to highlight four of your strong solo singers.
Darlene Lambert and Emma Van Brocklin are on the scene in Central Park and are convinced of Santa s magic after Buddy reveals their past Christmas gifts. Look for two young ladies with nice singing voices and some acting experience to take on these small, but featured, roles.

The Ensemble, including New Yorkers, Comforting New Yorker, Macy s Employees, Macy s Employee #1, Members of the Rockefeller Crowd, Office Staff, Business Woman, Flyer Guys, Teenager, Jogger, Carolers, Passerby, Children and Parents are all important roles for creating the distinct worlds of the North Pole and New York City. These roles can all be double cast from your ensemble, and it s important to remind your young performers that the stronger and more specific their character choices, the richer and more vivid the story becomes.

Auditions: Saturday, May 12 – 9am-12:30pm at Indian Hill High School

Auditions are not required, however if you would like to be considered for a role you must audition. All students that do not audition will still be an integral part of the camp and will be in the shows ensemble.  Please prepare the audition materials below.  If you would like to audition for a role but are unavailable on May 12th or you have other questions regarding auditions, please email Kimberly@CincinnatiAPA.org.

Buddy Audition Music

Please prepare this cut of World’s Greatest Dad f if you are interested in the role of Buddy along with the ensemble audition music. Click on the link above for a PDF of the music and use track below to practice and learn the song.

World’s Greatest Dad


Jovie Audition Music

Please prepare this cut of Never Fall in Love with an Elf if you are interested in Jovie along with the ensemble audition music. Click on the link above for a PDF of the music and use track below to practice and learn the song.

Never Fall in Love (With an Elf)


Michael Hobbs Audition Music

Please prepare this cut of There is a Santa Clause if you are interested in the role of Michael Hobbs along with the ensemble audition music. Click on the link above for a PDF of the music and use track below to practice and learn the song.

There is a Santa Clause


Emily Hobbs Audition Music

Please prepare this cut of I’ll Believe In You if you are interested in the role of Emily Hobbs along with the ensemble audition music. Click on the link above for a PDF of the music and use track below to practice and learn the song.

I’ll Believe In You


Ensemble Audition Music

EVERYONE auditioning for the show should learn this cut of A Christmas Song Reprise.  Please learn all lines and sing them in a comfortable range.  Click on the link above for a PDF of the music and use track below to practice and learn the song.

A Christmas Song Reprise Audition Cut – 01:21-2:00


The following dialogue will be used in auditions.  Look at these scenes beforehand especially if you’re interested in a specific part.  These do not need to be memorized.

Buddy & Elves – Side 1

Buddy & Jovie – Side 5

  • Starting at “I came to Rockefeller Center last year too…” 

Deb & Walter – Side 1

Mr Greenway & Walter – Side 1

  • Starting at “Hobbs, my phone has been ringing off the hook”

Emily, Michael, Buddy & Walter – Side 1