2020 Northbrook Theatre Community Musical

Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny and the entertaining characters she meets along the way.

Director: Erin Sweet | Assistant Director: Drew Kambach | Music Director: Kathryn Johanson | Choreographer: Katie Denten

Auditions

Auditions are open to anyone aged 9-adult and will be held on March 15 from noon-4pm & March 16 from 4-7pm at Northbrook Theatre, 3323 Walters Avenue, Northbrook. Invited callbacks will be held on March 17 from 5-8pm. We encourage those auditioning to sign-up for an audition time in advance by visiting our SignUpGenius link here.

Rehearsals

11 weeks, beginning the week of March 30; Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-9pm and Sundays from 1:00-4pm. Additional days and times vary- full rehearsal schedule provided at auditions. Actors may not be called to every rehearsal.  No rehearsals will be held: April 12 (Easter), May 10 (Mothers’ Day), May 24 & 25 (Memorial Day and day prior)

Tech Week Rehearsals and Performances

*There will be one cast for this production. Actors auditioning must be available for all tech week and performance dates*

Tech Week Rehearsals: Daytime Saturday June 6 (sitz probe), Sunday June 7 and 6-10pm Monday June 8 – Thursday June 11

Performances: June 12, 13, 19 at 7pm and June 14, 20 and 21 at 2pm.

What roles are available?

For a full list of characters in Matilda as well as character descriptions visit our Matilda Character information listing here.

How to Prep for Your Audition

Actors 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 sheetmusicplus.com). For the reading part of the audition, the director will use parts from the script. Actors will have a chance to practice reading through the lines before they audition, and the director can answer questions and offer assistance in the audition. The program supervisor, choreographer, music director, accompanist and director, as well as other actors auditioning in the same group, will be present during auditions. You may also register for an Audition Prep Workshop to review your audition song with one of our voice instructors prior to your audition. Audition Prep Workshop is a 30 minutes private coaching session with a voice instructor to review your audition song and prepare for upcoming auditions. Matilda audition prep workshops will be held on March 14 & 15. Registration is available online here. For more information or to select a time slot after you have registered, contact the Leisure Center at 847-291-2995.

Interested in volunteering in our pit?

We are holding auditions for pit musicians aged 14-adult to volunteer in our pit! Musicians must be available the week prior to our performances for rehearsal and on all performance dates. For more information contact Erin Sweet at esweet@nbparks.org

Auditions

Auditions are required in order to assess each individual actor’s comfort level of as a performer, evaluate their skills and find the role that will best fit their personality and talent. Registration for auditions is required. Actors will be seen in groups of 10-15 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, however all who are cast in our youth or community theatre productions must pay a participation fee.

If you have any questions about Matilda, or future Northbrook Theatre auditions please contact Performing Arts Manager, Erin Sweet, at esweet@nbparks.org or 847-291-2995.