children's theatre of elgin / fox valley theatre company

We invite you to become a member of our cast! Open to students in 2nd through 9th grades. 

Auditions will be held January 17th & 18th at Church of the Brethren in Elgin (783 Highland Avenue) with callbacks on January 20th.

A modern take on the classic fairytale Cinderella, CTE’s original show, Ella is perfect for a 21st century audience! It’s the “classic” tale of a young girl becoming victim to her wicked stepmother and stepsisters’ evil whims. Ella’s life becomes one of drudgery until she can and fall in love. Of course, that’s how the story goes, but what twists and turns will CTE take in its reimagined version? You’ll have to come see the show to find out!

The first rehearsal for the show will be January 31st. Rehearsals will be held Monday through Thursday evenings, although not every cast member will be called for every rehearsal. Performances will take place at Hemmens Cultural Center the weekend of April 8-10, 2022.

A participation fee of $130 is due prior to the first rehearsal (payment plans are available during the show registration process). Audition registration deadline is January 13th. We encourage anyone who may be interested in a need-based scholarship to contact us at

At your audition, please be prepared with:

  • A practiced monologue – you can pick one of several which are included in your confirmation email after your register.
  • Comfortable shoes to dance in – we will be learning a dance routine at the audition
  • One minute of a musical theatre, Disney or pop song, with sheet music. An accompanist will be provided.

All students participating in our programs are required to upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or provide a negative COVID test on a rolling seven day basis. They do not need to have this done at the time of audition registration. CTE will send an email with a link to upload their vaccination card or their negative test securely prior to their audition. Due to the time-sensitive nature of these COVID protocols, late audition registrations will not be accepted. Please visit to for additional information about CTE’s COVID-19 protocols and policies. Further inquiries can be directed to

Please wear a mask covering your nose and mouth. Parents are asked to drop off their children at the doors and have them enter the building alone, so we can limit the number of people in the space.

Pre-registration is required to audition. Please register no later than January 13, 2022.