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Dec 19, 2019 |

Chicago: High School Edition – Auditions

Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse; Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins; Script Adaptation by David Thompson
Auditions will be held January 7, 8, and 9 from 4:00 to 5:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 7 – Dance Audition in Dance Studio
  • Wednesday, January 8 – Individual singing auditions in Blue Box Theater
  • Thursday, January 9 – Singing song excerpts and reading sides from the show in Blue Box Theater
  • Friday, January 10 – No Auditions. Dance Showcase that evening.
Performances: May 1, 2, 7, and 8 at 7 p.m. and May 9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.  

The Plot:
In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap…until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess,” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream”: fame, fortune, and acquittal. This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse.
NOMINEE! 1975 Tony® Awards: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score
WINNER! 1997 Tony® Award, Best Revival of a Musical
Audition Process:
Tuesday, January 7th: Dance auditions. This day will be used to teach a dance combination to students who are auditioning. Please wear clothes that you can move and sweat in. This audition session will be held in the Northwest Academy Dance Studio.
Wednesday, January 8th: Students wishing to audition for Chicago: High School Edition should request an audition time by emailing Wade Willis at Audition slots are first come, first served. Students should prepare a song of their choice, preferably from a musical. Pick something that shows off what you are capable of doing as a singer and as an actor. While songs from other genres might fit your range and abilities, songs from musicals demonstrate aspects of your talents you are most likely unable to demonstrate in a pop, rock, or operatic song.  While it is not required, having your song fully memorized and prepared will be to your advantage. Please bring a copy of the sheet music of the song that you are singing to the audition for the director and prerecorded accompaniment on a phone, tablet or computer.
Thursday, January 9th: Students will sing songs and read selected scenes from the musical with other students who are auditioning. While it is not required, having your song memorized and fully prepared will be to your advantage. Sheet music for the songs the director will use for this day of auditions can be emailed to students upon request. To request pdf versions of these songs, send an email to with the subject heading “Sheet Music and Scene Sides for CHICAGO.”
Friday, January 10th: No Auditions
The entire script and vocal score is available upon request.
While Project Theatre is scheduled to meet Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of the semester, not everyone will be needed for every rehearsal. So, if you are interested in auditioning but feel uneasy about committing to 4 days/week, you might consider auditioning for a smaller role.

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