Auditions are required in order to assess children’s comfort level of as performers, evaluate their skills and find the role that will best fit their personality and talent. Registration for auditions is not required; auditions are on a first-come, first-served basis. Children will be seen in groups of 10 in the order in which they arrive. They will be photographed and fill out an audition form, listing their availability and experience. There is no cost to audition.

How to Prep for Your Audition

Children should prepare 16 bars (measures of music) of a musical theatre song in the proper key. Sheet music for the song should be hole-punched and in a binder for the accompanist. (Sheet music can be copied from songbooks at the Northbrook Public Library or purchased online at For the reading part of the audition, the director will use parts from the script. Children will have a chance to practice reading through the lines, and the director can answer questions and offer assistance. The choreographer(s), music director(s) and director(s), as well as other children auditioning in your child’s group, will be present during auditions. You may also register for an Audition Prep Workshop with one of our voice instructors.


Casting is based on ability, availability and attitude. All who are cast must pay a participation fee. NTJC and NTCC actors receive professional instruction, t-shirt, DVD and cast party lunch on the performance date.


Winter 2019 Audition Information

Auditions for NTJC and NTCC will be held at the same time. Sunday, January 6 from 1-4pm and Monday, January 7 from 4-6pm.

Auditions are held at the Northbrook Leisure Center, 3323 Walters Ave, Northbrook, IL 60062


Prior to auditions, register for an Audition Prep workshop! Students can sign up for 30 or 45 minutes of private coaching to prepare for upcoming auditions. Audition Prep Workshops are being held on January 2- 5, 2019.  Registration for these is available by visiting our registration website here.

NTJC (actors in grades 3-5)

NTJC Presents: Willy Wonka Jr.

The delicious adventures of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Ronald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film in addition to a host of fun new songs, Ronald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Rehearsals will be Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays from 4-5:30pm and Sundays 1-3 (Wednesday/Thursday) or 3:30-5pm (Friday).

Rehearsals will be added and lengthened as we draw closer to the performance date for tech rehearsals.

Performances will be April 7 (Wednesday Cast), April 13 (Thursday Cast) and April 14 (Friday Cast) at 12:30 & 4pm.

Sign Up for an Audition Time Slot Here.


NTCC (actors in grades 6-9)

NTCC Presents: Addams Family

Join the Addams family on their newest, original adventure as Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family—a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before—keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

Rehearsals will be Wednesdays or Fridays from 4:30-6:30pm. And Sundays 1-3:30 or 4-6:30pm.

Rehearsals will be added and lengthened as we draw closer to the performance date for tech rehearsals.

Performances will be March 9 (Wednesday Cast) and March 10 (Friday Cast) at 12:30 & 4pm.

Sign up for an Audition Time Slot Here.


Spring Community Musical Audition information for Newsies (for actors ages 10 – adult) will be available by January 1, 2019.

If you have any questions please contact Erin Sweet at Thank you for your interest in Northbrook Theatre!