Lakewood Theatre Company Auditions: Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 for The Peppermint Bear Show - 2017

Holiday Breakfast Theatre 2017 - The Peppermint Bear Show: Peppermint Bear and the Giant Elf

Peppermint_Bear 2012 at Lakewood Theatre CompanyAuditions will begin at noon on Sunday Oct. 8, 2017. Sign up on our online audition page to register your name. Roles are open to all ages but most roles are for ages 14-20. There are 7 featured actors and a chorus of elves. All actors must sing and dance. Note: Audition forms must be signed by parent or guardian on day of audition for actors under 18. Questions? Call 503-635-3901.

Location: Lakewood Theatre Company 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

The Peppermint Bear Show - 2017 will be directed by Michael Snider. Music director is Kurt Misar.


  • Actors should bring a prepared song and an accompanist will be provided.
  • Actors should be ready to sing, dance and read from the script at the audition if requested.
  • Bring your calendar and be prepared to list all conflicts. Parents will be asked to sign agreement forms. Conflicts not listed at time of audition may not be honored.

Welcome all actors auditioning for the 2017 Peppermint Bear Show at Lakewood Theatre.  We’re delighted to hear from you and look forward to seeing you soon! This year, we’re all ready for you, with a newly revised script.
Here’s what you need to do:

  • Prepare an audition song of at least 32 bars, a musical play song selection that best shows off your vocal range, versatility and character.
  • Bring your sheet music (in the key you intend to sing in) as an audition pianist will be provided.
  • If you prefer, bring an iPod or MP3 player with a recording of the music accompaniment. A audio player will be provided that you can plug your device into. 
  • Be dressed and prepared for some dance and movement work - we want to see how well move to the music.

The Story: PEPPERMINT BEAR AND THE GIANT ELF - Santa's workshop is in a tizzy when his chair and then magic jingle bells go missing. The giant slips in with plans to become the new, and much, much bigger Santa Claus and uses the magic jingle bells to take control of the elves to get what he wants.  Sally, a young girl whose father assists at the North Pole, and Peppermint Bear learn to use "teamwork" hoping to make everything right before Christmas is ruined.

The book and lyrics are by Michael Snider with music by Kurt Misar. Snider will also direct and choreograph the production and Misar will be the musical director.


  • Peppermint Bear: He’s (or she's) the star of the show - a big, white, furry friend to Santa and the elves. Peppermint Bear just loves the kids and appreciates hugs (teens to adult – stamina and endurance is a must here).  Dance and musical movement a must.  Sign language a plus.
  • Sally Sims, female, a Young Girl (soprano)
  • Mert, female, a Bossy Elf (alto)
  • Gert, female, a Sassy Elf, (mezzo sop.)
  • Mort, male, Mert’s big lil’ brother (tenor)
  • Dixie, Trixie, Pixie female, Junior Elves (chorus)


  • Tentative Rehearsal/Performance Schedule: Tentative rehearsal schedule will include Sat/Sun only October 21-November 12. Weekday evenings will be added Nov. 13 till the production opens Saturday, Dec. 2. Saturday performances at 9:30 & 11:30; Sundays at 11:00; one Friday, 12/22 at 9:30 & 11:00. Performance dates Dec 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17,  22, 23. The performances are held in LTC Side Door Cabaret Stage and tour to several venues during the run for the show. Dates TBA.


The Peppermint Bear Show - 2017  is directed and choreographed by Michael Snider, The book and lyrics are by Michael Snider with music by Kurt Misar. Snider will also direct and choreograph the production and Misar will be the musical director. The Peppermint Bear Show first premiered at Portland’s Lipman’s Department Store, which then became Fredrick and Nelson. It became a popular Holiday tradition for over 30 years. Since that time the show has been produced in New York and countless cities on the east coast, mid-west and Hawaii.  

The Holiday Breakfast Theatre production has been an annual Lakewood Theatre tradition for 25 years. Audience members enjoy a special holiday continental breakfast 1/2 hour before the show and performers interact with young audience members to help them celebrate the holidays.

Parts needed: The director, Michael Snider, is seeking young actors with self-confidence, good vocal skills and stage presence. Roles are open to all ages but most roles are ages 14 -20. All actors must sing and dance.

Audition location: Lakewood Theatre Company at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego.

Click here to go to the online audition signup page.