The Shedd Institute Auditions

Adult Audition - Saturday, April 21, 2018
The Shedd Institute will conduct an Adult Audition on Saturday April 21, 9 am to 2 pm (A mandatory dance call is at 11 am).

Auditioners will be considered for support and ensemble roles in the following 2018 Shedd Theatricals production:
  • ROBERTA (Jun 8-17, 2018 - 6 performances - rehearsals begin May 7, 2018) Peg Major, director; Robert Ashens, music director; Caitlin Christopher, choreographer.
  • GUYS AND DOLLS (Jul 20-29, 2018 - 6 performances - rehearsals begin Jun 18, 2018) Peg Major, director; Robert Ashens, music director; Caitlin Christopher, choreographer.
  • THE WIZARD OF OZ (Sep 14-30, 2018 - 9 performances - rehearsals begin Aug 13, 2018) Peg Major, director; Robert Ashens, music director; Caitlin Christopher, choreographer.
  • WHITE CHRISTMAS (Nov 30 - Dec 16, 2018 - rehearsals begin Oct 29, 2017) Peg Major, director; Robert Ashens, music director; Caitlin Christopher, choreographer.
Auditions are by APPOINTMENT ONLY through The Shedd online here.

There are support and ensemble roles with stipends for men and women in these 4 shows - we are looking for men especially. Experience in acting, singing and dancing classic musical comedy and musical theatre is important.

REHEARSALS: Rehearsals for all Shedd Institute productions run 6 days per week: Mon-Thu 6-10:30pm, Fri 6-11pm, and Sun 5:30-10:30pm. Saturdays and major holidays are off. A limited number of pre-planned absences are permitted subject to the approval of the director and stage manager.

RESUME & HEADSHOT: Please submit your performance resume and headshot to

SCHEDULING AN AUDITION: All auditions are by appointment. To schedule an audition, fill out and submit the audition form below. We will contact you via email with an audition slot, according to your availability.

INTEREST & AVAILABILITY: We are considering actors for the production listed above: indicate your interest and availability.

Shedd Audition Registration Form
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Interest & Availability
(check all productions for which you wish to be considered)
ROBERTA (Jun 8-17, 2018, reh. begin May 7)

Role(s) interested in.
GUYS AND DOLLS (Jul 20-29, 2018, reh. begin Jun 18)

Role(s) interested in.
THE WIZARD OF OZ (Sep 14-30, 2018, reh. begin Aug 13)

Role(s) interested in.
WHITE CHRISTMAS (Nov 20-Dec 16, 2018, reh. begin Oct 29)

Role(s) interested in.
Audition Sign Up
Select Option 1, 2 or 3 and fill preferred audition time frame.
We will confirm your audition time slot by return email.
1. I wish to be considered, but do not wish to audition
2. I will submit an electronic audition
Submit a 1 minute monologue, a 1 minute song, a dance sample,
& a resume & headshot.
Submit materials or link to
3. Adult Audition - April 21, 9 am-2 pm
April 21, 9:00-10:55 am
April 21, 12:00-2:00 pm
There will be a mandatory dance call at 11 am.

audition scheduling comments

The Shedd Institute assesses actors for its musical theatre productions on an ongoing basis, and often casts by invitation. It offers open auditions and separate auditions for youth under 16 approximately every 3 months. Each audition focusses on several upcoming productions and often the majority of roles in a show are filled up to 6 months before we go into production. Our open auditions afford the best way for actors unknown by The Shedd creative team or actors who wish to keep in front of that team to do so. Actors who cannot participate in the most immediate Shedd production are encouraged to audition in order to be in the best position for favorable consideration for roles in subsequent productions. If you choose not to or cannot audition on the above dates but still have interest in being a part of our productions, you still need to fill out this online audition registration indicating your interest.

THE AUDITION: Classic musical theatre dance and singing skills and a familiarity with historic performance practice are important for these productions. Please focus on this as you prepare your audition.

Prepare (a) a short memorized monologue that demonstrates your acting ability and (b) a song selection from the classic period of musical comedy and musical theatre (1920-60) that demonstrates your skills as a singer. We strongly recommend that you DO NOT prepare a song from a more recent period, and that you choose an arrangement that is in a classical musical comedy/musical theatre style. You must sing using the Shedd's audition accompanist, so bring music. Your monologue and song selection must each be no more than 1 minute. Do not prepare your monologue or choose a song from the shows in The Shedd's immediate production schedule.

You will need to attend a dance audition held on the same day as your acting/singing audition. Bring appropriate dance shoes and attire.