Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Shedd Institute will conduct Open Auditions on Sunday February 16, 10:00 am to 4 pm (required dance call for adults at 1 pm). Auditions are by APPOINTMENT ONLY through The Shedd online here. Auditioners will be considered for roles in the following 2020 Shedd Theatricals productions:
  • THE PAJAMA GAME (July 10-19, 2020 - rehearsals begin June 8, 2020) Directed and choreographed by Richard Jessup; Music Direction by Robert Ashens. [No roles have been cast.]
  • PETER PAN (Sep 18-Oct 4, 2020 - rehearsals begin Aug 10, 2020) Directed & choreographed by Richard Jessup; Music Direction by Robert Ashens. [The roles of Peter Pan has been cast.]
  • HOLIDAY INN (Dec 4-20, 2020 - rehearsals begin Nov 2, 2020) Director TBA; Music Direction by Robert Ashens. Choreographer Richard Jessup [No roles have been cast.]
There are lead, supporting, and ensemble roles with stipends for men and women in all three productions. There are supporting and ensemble roles for children (aged 6 and up) in PETER PAN and HOLIDAY INN. Experience in acting, singing and dancing classic musical comedy and musical theatre is essential.

The Shedd Institute assesses actors for its musical theatre productions on an ongoing basis, and often casts by invitation.

REHEARSALS: Rehearsals for all Shedd Institute productions run 6 days per week: Mon-Fri 6-10:30 pm and Sun 5:30-10:30 pm. Saturdays and major holidays are off. Actors are not scheduled every day, but must be available as needed throughout the production. Schedules are posted weekly, 1 week in advance. A limited number of pre-planned absences are permitted subject to the approval of the production 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.

Shedd Audition Registration Form
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Parent or guardian name if under 16
Guardian Phone
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Stats & Comments
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Vocal Rng:
Vocal Range [Required]
Interest & Availability
(check all productions for which you wish to be considered)
THE PAJAMA GAME (July 10-19, 2020, reh. begin June 8)

Role(s) interested in.
PETER PAN (Sep 18-Oct 4, 2020, reh. begin Aug 10)

Role(s) interested in.
HOLIDAY INN (Dec 4-20, 2020, reh. begin Nov 2)

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. Open Audition - February 16, 10:00 am-1 pm
   Feb 16, 10:00-1:00 pm
   Feb 16, 2:00-4:00 pm
Attendance at the 1-2 pm dance call is required for adults.
Callbacks will be announced at auditions.

audition scheduling comments

SHEDD THEATRICALS CASTING: The Shedd Institute assesses actors for its musical theatre productions on an ongoing basis, and often casts by invitation. It offers open auditions and, at times, 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 strongly advised 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 Shedd Theatrical 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. If you are asked to attend a dance audition (it would be held on the same day as your acting/singing audition), make sure to bring appropriate dance shoes and attire.