TexARTS provides varied and unique opportunities for students to perform in fully-staged musicals through our Musical Theater Academy.  Students enrolled in the MTA program work with professional creative teams to rehearse and perform in fully-produced musicals. MTA shows are enrollment based, all students are cast in the shows and many shows are double cast, giving students more opportunity to take the stage.

About Elf, JR.

A title known the world over, Elf The Musical JR. is a holiday musical based on the cherished hit and features songs by Tony Award-nominees, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, with a book by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin.

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 reality that his father is on the naughty list and that 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.

Students rehearse from 9am – 1pm every Saturday.  The director will call Friday rehearsals from 4:30-6:30 as needed throughout the rehearsal process.

Auditions will take place the week of August 19th.  Students should prepare a song selection approximately 30s in length and an age appropriate monologue of the same length.

Elf, JR will perform the weekend(s) of November 16th and November 23rd.   Technical and dress rehearsals will take place on the Thursday and Friday evenings of those weeks.

Placement Audition Information

Placement Auditions: Week of August 19th, check back for more information.
Rehearsals: Saturdays from 9am-1pm, Fridays from 4:30-6:30 at the director’s request.
Performances: Saturday 11/16 at 2pm and 6pm, Sunday 11/17 at 2pm.  Saturday 11/23 at 2pm and 6pm, Sunday at 2pm.

Students should prepare a 30 second cut of an age appropriate song that showcases their vocal range and abilities as well as a 30 second monologue to be presented to the director and music director.  Students do not need to prepare any dance solos, but will be asked to learn a short dance during the audition process.

Please continue to check this website for the most up-to-date information – more information will be posted as it becomes available.

TexARTS Musical Theatre productions are fully costumed and perform on the TexARTS Kam and James Morris Theatre stage.  Although Auditions are required to join the cast, every student is placed in the production.  The TexARTS youth musical theatre program is a wonderful way to start learning performance skills, yet also great for experienced youth.

Ages: 7 & up