At The School of Performing Arts we have several ‘auditioned’ workshops and productions. Auditioning is a learned skill; our auditions at SPA are always in a friendly, warm and professional environment. We also have several classes/workshops within our Studio Series in which we help the children learn the art of auditioning.

Casting in MainStage Musicals:  In casting our MainStage Musicals, it is part of our mission to give our students as professional an experience as possible, while never losing sight of the love for the Art of Musical Theatre!

Casting in our Studio Series: We also have many exciting opportunities, which do not include an audition – this is the beauty of our Studio Series. We talk about the importance and art of auditioning, while helping find your child the perfect role to play within the show. We also have several audition workshops throughout the year.

Auditioning and Casting at SPA is never an easy task and can seem at times unfair to anyone not getting the role he or she may want the most, but what that does is give the experience – the true experience of casting. We strive to always cast the best person for each and every role, while always welcoming new faces and performers! I hope your child will come to audition for all future productions at SPA!

Please know that our job in casting is to always cast the person we feel is suited best for the role (which should be so in any casting position, casting someone who is most prepared and experienced in all angles of musical theatre, including: confidence, preparedness, performance, acting/voice/dance technique, tone color, delivery, attitude and more). Of course, casting can always be subjective, as any directing team can have varying opinions.



High School Musical, Jr.
Ages: Students entering 6th – 9th grades
Auditions for Leading Roles:
If you are interested in a Leading Role please join us for Auditions Tuesday, May 12
6:30 – 7:00pm – Dance Call for all those interested in a leading role – in Studio D
7:00 – 9:00pm – Acting/Singing Auditions in the Sondheim Room
Please call the SPA Business Office at 630.717.6622 for an audition appointment, beginning April 6
Non-Audition Supporting/Ensemble Roles:
Not quite ready to Audition? No biggee – just register for a Supporting/Ensemble Role within the show and show up at our first rehearsal the week of May 26. The Ensemble is featured in so many numbers with High School Musical, Jr., lots of singing and dancing!
To prepare for your Leading Role Audition: Please be familiar with the scene work and song (will be available in April). Be prepared to sing and read the song/scene during your audition. You do not need to prepare a separate song. All those auditioning will be there between 7:00 – 9:00pm, in addition to the dance call from 6:30 – 7:00pm. Please dress comfortable and wear jazz or tennis shoes. Arrive a few minutes early to fill out paperwork. Please be sure you are warmed up! And, ladies… if you bring a BOY with you to your audition; we’ll have a prize for you!!!
Not available for the Audition date? You may submit an audition video, along with your audition form to All submissions must be sent in by May 11.
Rehearsals: begin the week of May 26 at SPA, first rehearsal to be announced at auditions.
Flexible Rehearsal Schedule – Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday mornings. You will not be called to every rehearsal.
Tech Rehearsals: July 13 and July 14
Performances: Tentatively scheduled for July 15 matinee and evening, and July 16 evening (will be confirmed asap)
Tuition: $315/before April 30; $350/after April 30


Summer Musical Theatre Performance – Les Miserables
Ages: 13 – college
Rated: PG-13, for content
AUDITIONS: MAY 13 7:00-10:00PM
Rehearsals: June 1 – July 3 (no Rehearsal July 4)
Monday/Wednesday afternoons and Tuesday/Friday evenings; some weekends.
You will not be called to every rehearsal; flexible rehearsal schedule for working students.
By Audition Only: Wednesday, May 13 7:00 – 10:00pm, by appointment only.
Audition Requirements: Prepare 32-48 bars of a song in the style of the show; you may choose to sing from the show. Please bring sheet music. Be sure that your song shows your acting ability. You may want to bring a second selection, as well. Please bring a snapshot or headshot and resume if available. Audition forms will be made available online after April 6.
Not available for the Audition date? You may submit an audition video, along with your audition form to All submissions must be sent in by May 11.
Call Back Auditions:
Please call the SPA Business Office at 630.717.6622 to schedule your appointment (after April 6) and for more information.
Tech Week: July 6 – July 10 (day time/evenings)
Final performances: July 10 – July 12, 2015 at Meiley-Swallow Theater
Tuition: $355

Audition “Everything an Actor Needs to Know to get the Part” in Acting and Music Theatre: Following the GUIDEPOSTS in Michael Shurtleff’s “Audition”
For Grades 7 – 12
Prepare yourself for any audition. This class will follow the book and guideposts from one of the best tools in the business – “Audition”. Participants will be required to purchase the book and will work throughout the session to incorporate the guideposts, along with touching on the tangible necessities of the audition process. Class will end with a mock audition session.
Winter Session Only: January 19 – May 13, 2015
Wednesdays 7:30 – 9:00pm
Tuition: $290


STUDIO STAGE SERIES - Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, JR.!
For ages 6 – Grade 5
This year boasts a Studio Stage for children ages 6 – Grade 5 with three performances!
This series is a favorite of The School and is designed as a performance outlet to allow students the opportunity to experience musical theatre at a comfortable pace. Students who have a love for music, theatre, dance, and performance will have a blast attending weekly rehearsals, learning about musical theatre, and perfecting their talents! A final Studio performance will be presented at the end of the session – lights, sound, costumes, props and more set this opportunity above the rest!
For ages 6 – Grade 5
February 14 – May 17, 2015
Rehearsals: Saturdays 9:30 – 11:30am – Sondheim with Miss Heather (HH)
Final Dress Rehearsal: Friday, May 15 (evening)
Performances: Saturday May 16 and Sunday, May 17, 2015
Cost: $380


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Naperville, IL 60563


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