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• Playhouse 38 seeks performers ages 8 to 10 to audition for "Disney's Beauty & The Beast, Jr." from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at 524 W. State St., Geneva. Those auditioning should prepare a musical theater song and a short poem or story to recite. Those auditioning should also be prepared to learn a song and dance combination. Call (630) 232-4542 or visit for more information.

• Victory Gardens Theater is searching for Chicago-area gospel choirs to participate in Marcus Gardley's play "The Gospel of Lovingkindness." The world premiere drama running from Friday, Feb. 28, through Sunday, March 30, is set in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood and examines the toll of gun violence on families and a community. The choirs should be eight to 30 members and must commit to performing on at least one evening during the run of the show. If selected, choirs will receive a piece of music to perform at select moments in the show. Performing members will receive a complimentary ticket to the show. Choirs interested in auditioning should submit a 90-second audio or video sample to The samples need not be new. Submissions are accepted through Friday, Jan. 10. Choirs will receive a response from Victory Gardens Theater no later than Monday, Jan. 20.

• Madison Square Garden Entertainment has auditions for its Rockettes Summer Intensive summer training program in New York City. The Rockettes Summer Intensive offers aspiring dancers the opportunity to train with the Rockettes as well as a Rockettes director/choreographer to learn their signature precision dance technique. Auditions in Chicago are set for Sunday, Jan. 12. For more information, visit

• Aspiring ballet dancers can audition for a chance to attend Miami City Ballet School's 5-week Summer Intensive from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, at Ballet Chicago, 17 N. State St., 19th Floor, Chicago. A total of 200 students, ages 12--19, from across the country will be accepted into the program. Acceptance into the program is by audition only and is intended for serious dance students. For more information and exact audition requirements, visit

• Steel Beam Theatre has auditions for Richard Culliton's world premiere comedy "The Bay of Portugal" at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. Director Terry Domschke of Elgin seeks one male actor in his 60s as well as one male and one female in their late 20s-to their mid-30s. Auditions are cold readings from the script, and appointments can be made by emailing with the word "AUDITION" in the subject line. Visit for more information.

• Gallery Theater of West Chicago has auditions for a production of Neil Simon's 1960s comedy "Barefoot in the Park" from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, and from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18 and 19, at Gallery 200/STUDIO, 203 Turner Court, West Chicago. Auditions consist of cold readings from the script. Call (630) 234-5919 or email

• Gorilla Tango Skokie Young Artists has auditions for "Goose on the Loose," a theater revue inspired by "Mother Goose" characters. An ensemble of creative youth performers between the ages of 9 to 16 are sought to write and perform in the show that takes its inspiration from Mother Goose rhymes. Auditions are from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18 and 19, at the Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Prepare a monologue, story or joke. To set up an audition, contact the director at or call (864) 414-6431 or visit

• PM&L Theatre has vocal auditions for the off-Broadway musical "The Spitfire Grill" at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Jan. 19 and 20, at 877 N. Main St., Antioch. Prepare a musical theater song that shows vocal and emotional range. For more information, visit

• Theatre in the Woods has auditions for Marshall Karp's comedy "Squabbles" from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, and from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Estonian House, 14700 Estonian Lane, Riverwoods. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Call (847) 604-1990 or email

• Big Noise Theatre Company has auditions for its spring production of the 1998 Broadway musical "Ragtime" from 4 to 5:45 p.m. (when kids are seen) and from 7:15 to 10:15 p.m. (when adults are seen) on Sunday, Jan. 19. All roles are open and understudies will not be cast. To sign up for an audition appointment, visit Call (312) 371-9945.

• Oakton Community College has open auditions for its upcoming productions of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" and Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday, Jan. 22 and 23, at 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. Those auditioning for "The Vagina Monologues" should prepare to do cold readings from the script, while those auditioning for "Romeo and Juliet" should prepare an Elizabethan monologue and be prepared to read from the script. Visit for more information.

• The BrightSide Theatre Youth Project has auditions for a tuition-based production of Disney's "The Little Mermaid" for grade school to high school students aged 8-18 interested in exploring musical theater. All children who audition will participate in the performances. Auditions are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth Ave., Naperville. More auditions are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at 1321 Ogden Ave., Downers Grove. Those auditioning should prepare a memorized song to sing with sheet music and wear comfortable clothes to do a dance routine. There is a $250 fee per participant. Call (630) 447-8497 or visit

• The Lyric Opera of Chicago has auditions for members of either the American Guild of Musical Artists or Actors' Equity to appear in the female ensemble for a 2014 production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music." These ensemble members will portray nuns and will also portray and understudy several small, named roles. Ensemble members must be experienced, classically trained singers who can easily sing in Latin and produce minimal vibrato. Dance skills will be required of some of the female ensemble, so please make sure to include dance experience on your résumé. Lyric is seeking a variety of body types. Auditions will be held at Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. Auditions are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, with callbacks from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. Email your résumé and headshot to Singers at Lyric Opera of Chicago are represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists. Those hired for "The Sound of Music" will be required to join this union.

• Verismo Opera Theater has auditions for a summer production of Donizetti's comic opera "Elixir of Love" that is reset in 1960s San Francisco. Those auditioning should submit materials by Friday, Jan. 24, with notification of acceptance to audition by Thursday, Jan. 30. Those accepted to audition are seen from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8 and 9, at the Arts Center of Oak Park, 200 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. For more information, visit

• Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is offering two full-time, four-week training sessions for pre-professional and early-career dancers in summer 2014. A summer intensive for students ages 14-17 is in Iowa City, Iowa, from Sunday, June 16, to Friday, July 11. A summer intensive for advanced and professional dancers ages 18-24 is in Chicago from Monday, June 30, to Friday, July 25. Auditions are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, for ages 14 to 17 and from 2 to 7:30 p.m. for ages 18-24 at the Hubbard Street Dance Center, 1147 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago. Complete audition and registration details, including financial aid information, video audition requirements and other questions, are available at Contact Krista Ellensohn, manager of Pre-Professional Programs, at or (312) 850-9744, ext. 120.

• The Lyric Opera of Chicago has chorus auditions for classically trained singers for the 2014-15 season. Preliminary auditions are from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 4-5; 2 to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 7-8 and March 14-15. Auditions are by invitation only. Singers should send a current resume and photo to Chorus Auditions Coordinator, Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 860, Chicago, IL 60606. The deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24. Visit for an audition brochure or call (312) 827-3548.

• Submissions are sought for Oakton Community College's annual Play On festival of one-act scripts written by community college students from Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The deadline is Monday, March 31. Submissions should include a cover page listing your name, address, phone number, email and the name of the community college attended. One submission is permitted per student. Winners will be notified in May, and the festival is held from Tuesday through Thursday, July 29-31.

-- Scott C. Morgan

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