Auditions and Registrations

UPCOMING AUDITIONS AND REGISTRATIONS

Auditions are held Theatre Bristol, 512 State Street, Bristol. Additional details will be added to this page by each director for the auditions, such as the audition music selected, so please check back prior to auditions. Auditions are open to anyone. Please wear closed-toe shoes and clothes to move in. Be sure to bring your calendar to list all of your conflicts. No conflicts are permitted for tech week or performances.

See below for Theatre Bristol’s COVID-19 Policy


Elf The Musical – September 3-6, 2022

The holiday movie favorite “Elf The Musical” comes to the Paramount Bristol stage under the direction of Kenn Naegele November 11-20, 2022. Auditions for men, women, and children for this production are September 3-6, 2022. Rehearsals begin September 12, 2022.

In order to audition and participate in the production, you will need to present a negative COVID-19 test taken the same day as the audition/rehearsal. Alternatively, you may voluntarily provide proof of vaccination or proof of a current positive antibody test. Please wear a mask during your audition/callback unless asked to remove it.

AUDITION TIMES (please arrive 15 minutes early to check in)

  • September 3 at 10:30 AM
  • September 4 at 2:30 PM
  • September 5 at 6:30 PM
  • September 6 at 6:30 PM

Callbacks are September 7 & 8 in the evening as needed.

Rehearsals are Sundays at 2:30 PM, and Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 6:30 PM. Although you may not be needed for all rehearsals, please prepare to be present. Tech weeks are November 6-10 & November 27-December 1 and performances run Friday, Saturday, Sunday November 11-20 & December 2-18. Potential school show days include Friday mornings. No conflicts are permitted for tech week or the performances.

Auditions and rehearsals are held at 512 State Street, Bristol, TN, 37620, USA.

Music and readings will be provided and a short dance will be taught. No preparation is necessary, but if you would like to bring your own audition music, you will have the chance to list the song below. Please perform 16-32 measures of a song in the style of the production. Please wear clothes you can move in and close-toed shoes. Break a leg!

ELF THE MUSICAL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. http://www.mtishows.com

Elf the Musical Characters:
Characters may be double-cast

  • Buddy
    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.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 25 to 35
    Vocal range top: C5
    Vocal range bottom: Ab2
  • Jovie
    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.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 25 to 30
    Vocal range top: D5
    Vocal range bottom: G3
  • Walter
    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.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 55 to 65
    Vocal range top: G4
    Vocal range bottom: A2
  • Emily
    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.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 40 to 50
    Vocal range top: Eb5
    Vocal range bottom: F3
  • Michael
    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.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 12 to 16
    Vocal range top: G5
    Vocal range bottom: F3
  • Deb
    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.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 25 to 55
    Vocal range top: Eb5
    Vocal range bottom: D4
  • Manager
    A manager at Macy’s. He is a good, friendly guy just trying to do his job and get by.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 35 to 40
    Vocal range top: F#4
    Vocal range bottom: B2
  • Greenway
    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.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 55 to 65
  • Santa
    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.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 65 to 80
    Vocal range top: E4
    Vocal range bottom: A2
  • Chadwick
    One of Walter’s right-hand men. He is desperate to keep his job, and perhaps the dumber of the two.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 40 to 50
  • Matthews
    One of Walter’s right-hand men. He is desperate to keep his job and is the schemer of the two.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 35 to 40
  • Mrs. Claus
  • Elves
  • Charlie
  • Tiara
  • Mr. Narwhal
  • Store Elves
  • Fake Santas
  • Sarah
  • Jim
  • Charlotte
  • Ensemble

To Kill a Mockingbird – December 5-7, 2022

Update on To Kill a Mockingbird

Thank you to everyone who came and auditioned for To Kill a Mockingbird!

We saw an incredible amount of talent but we are still needing more people to audition, including for the roles of Calpurnia, Dill Harris, Tom Robinson, and Reverend Sykes.


The classic “To Kill A Mockingbird,” directed by Camille Gray, takes the ARTspace stage March 3-19, 2023. Auditions are December 5-7, 2022 for men, women, and children.

Please come to the audition having recently read Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird.” The script is very close to the book and it is important to be familiar with the content and language. If cast in the show, actors are requested to read the book again during the first week of rehearsals. In addition to the heavy topics of racism, and murder, the n-word is used by several characters multiple times in the show. Due to legal obligations and the importance of its educational use, the script will be used as written. Rehearsals and performances will be a safe, academic space and we will be diligent in separating actor life from character life. Theatre Bristol is working with community groups and individuals and will be hosting talkbacks on the production.

In order to audition and participate in the production, you will need to present a negative COVID-19 test taken the same day as the audition/rehearsal. Alternatively, you may voluntarily provide proof of vaccination or proof of a current positive antibody test. Please wear a mask during your audition/callback unless asked to remove it.

Please fill out the online audition form before auditions begin. Readings will be provided and no preparation is necessary. Please wear closed-toed shoes. Be sure to bring your calendar to list all of your conflicts. No conflicts are permitted for tech week or performances. Break a leg!

AUDITION TIMES (please arrive 15 minutes early to check in)

  • December 5 at 6:30 PM
  • December 6 at 6:30 PM
  • December 7 at 6:30 PM

Callbacks are December 12-14 in the evening as needed.

Rehearsals are Sundays at 2:30 PM, and Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 6:30 PM. Although you may not be needed for all rehearsals, please prepare to be present. Tech week is February 26-March 2 and performances run Friday, Saturday, Sunday March 3-19. Potential school show days include Thursday and Friday mornings. No conflicts are permitted for tech week or the performances.

Auditions and rehearsals are held at 512 State Street, Bristol, TN, 37620, USA.

The creative team, by their own volition, is vaccinated. Theatre Bristol devotes a great deal of time, energy, and money to each production and invites our volunteers to support that effort by being vaccinated.

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

Character descriptions with assistance from Dramatic Publishing Company:

Need a refresher on the opportunities available in “To Kill a Mockingbird” and how you can be involved in this important classic? Here are the roles and a few details:

To Kill a Mockingbird calls for strong child actors in three principal roles and adult actors of different races who can play principal and supporting roles as young as 19 years old and as old as 70 or 80 years old:

  • Scout Finch: A young girl about to experience the events that will shape the rest of her life. Scout is courageous and forthright. If a question occurs to her, she’ll ask it.
    • Age: 8
    • Gender: Female
    • Race: White
  • Jem Finch: Scout’s older brother. Probably the strongest undercurrent in Jem is his desire to communicate with his father. He is protective and brave.
    • Age: 12
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: White
  • Dill: Small, blonde, and wise beyond his years. There’s an undercurrent of sophistication to him, but his laugh is sudden and happy.
    • Age: 9
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: White
  • Jean Louise Finch: She’s Scout, grown older, looking back on the time she was the young Scout.
    • Age: late 20’s-early 30’s
    • Gender: Female
    • Race: White
  • Atticus Finch: He’s tall, quietly impressive, reserved, and civilized. He’s quietly courageous and without heroics, he does what he considers just. As someone comments about him – “We trust him to do right.”
    • Age: early 50’s
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: White
  • Calpurnia: Black, proud, and capable, she has raised the motherless Scout and Jem. Her standards are high and her discipline as applied to Scout and Jem is uncompromising.
    • Age: 50-60
    • Gender: Female
    • Race: African American
  • Heck Tate: Heck is the town sheriff and a complex man. He does his duty as he sees it, and enforces the law without favor.
    • Age: 40+
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: White
  • Maudie Atkinson: A lovely sensitive woman. Though belonging to the time and place of this play, she has a wisdom and compassion that suggests the best instincts of that period.
    • Age: 40’s
    • Gender: Female
    • Race: White
  • Judge Taylor: The judge is a wintry man of the South, who does what he can within the context of his time to see justice done in court. While he tries to run his court impartially, his sympathy is with Tom.
    • Age: 60+
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: White
  • Mr. Gilmer: He is a public prosecutor who is doing his job in trying to convict Tom. In many ways his manner is cruel and hurtful. And yet under all this, he too has expressed doubts as to Tom’s guilt, and his heart isn’t really in this conviction.
    • Age: 30+
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: White
  • Tom Robinson: Robinson is black, handsome, and vital, but with a left hand crippled by a childhood accident and held against his chest. There’s an undercurrent in him of kindness, sensitivity, and consideration.
    • Age: 25
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: African American
  • Mayella Ewell: The oldest daughter of Bob Ewell, she’s a desperately lonely and overworked young woman whose need for companionship has overwhelmed every other emotion.
    • Age: 19
    • Gender: Female
    • Race: White
  • Bob Ewell: Ewell lives with his large family by the town dump. Bob thinks this trial will make him an important man, and when Atticus destroys his credibility, Bob’s rage and frustration border on paranoia.
    • Age: 40-50
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: White
  • Reverend Sykes: Sykes is the black minister of the First Purchase Church. He’s an imposing man with a strong stage presence. He should have a strong “minister’s” voice.
    • Age: 50+
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: African American
  • Walter Cunningham: Cunningham is a hard-up farmer who shares the prejudices of this time and place but who is nevertheless a man who can be reached as a human being.
    • Age: 40-50
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: White
  • Stephanie Crawford: She’s a neighborhood gossip, and she enjoys it to the hilt.
    • Age: 40-50
    • Gender: Female
    • Race: White
  • Mrs. Dubose: She is an old woman who is ill and walks with difficulty, her pain making her biting, bitter, and angry.
    • Age: 65+
    • Gender: Female
    • Race: White
  • Nathan Radley: He is a thin, leathery, laconic man. Nathan is Arthur’s brother and a neighbor of the Finch family.
    • Age: early 40’s
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: White
  • Helen Robinson: She is half numb with the shock of the false charge against her husband Tom; she’s someone caught in a nightmare.
    • Age: 21-25
    • Gender: Female
    • Race: African American
  • Arthur (Boo) Radley: Arthur Radley is a recluse who hasn’t been outside his house in fifteen years.
    • Age: late 30’s
    • Gender: Male
    • Race: White


Theatre Bristol COVID-19 Policy

Your safety is our priority. We are taking a cautious leap with our 2022 productions, keeping in mind how it affects our community and local hospitals. As a non-profit organization that receives a state project grant each year, we are unable to require vaccinations and masks. However, Theatre Bristol encourages vaccination, especially while Tennessee has high transmission risk and the fourth highest case count per capita.

In order to audition and participate in the production, you will need to present a negative COVID-19 test taken the same day as the audition/rehearsal. Alternatively, you may voluntarily provide proof of vaccination or proof of a current positive antibody test.

***Please wear a mask during your audition unless asked to remove it.***

Performers speak and sing in close proximity for extended periods of time. In order to keep the cast and crew healthy and make sure our production gets to the stage, vaccination is encouraged. Although the cast being exposed to COVID-19 is inevitable, vaccination is proven to reduce the risk, severity, and length of being infected. Unvaccinated cast members can seriously jeopardize the production.

The creative team, by their own volition, is vaccinated. Theatre Bristol devotes a great deal of time, energy, and money to each production and requests that our volunteers support that effort by being vaccinated.

Theatre Bristol cannot be held responsible for exposure to COVID-19.

These requirements are updated as more information becomes available.

If, at any point, the Theatre Bristol Board of Directors determines that it is not prudent to proceed with the production, the show will be cancelled.