children's theatre of elgin / fox valley theatre company

Upcoming Auditions

Read the Auditions page and the show-specific information below before registering.

Registration must be completed by parents or auditioners 18 years or older.


CTE presents

A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens Jr.

Children’s Theatre of Elgin is very excited to be performing A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens Jr., a special musical theater adaptation of a book from the Magic Tree House series!

A big THANKS to all who auditioned – and great job! Access the cast list by clicking on the button below.  We’ll see all cast members and parents on Monday, September 10th at 6:30 pm at The Hemmens for the first rehearsal and mandatory parent meeting.


Audition & Participation Expectations

Please review the information on the Auditions page to understand our expectations and be prepared.

Rehearsals and time commitment

Rehearsals begin on (this is a revised date) Monday, September 10th and continue Monday through Thursday evenings basically 6:30-9 pm through tech week.

Most cast members will only be scheduled a couple of nights a week for the first few weeks, but once full acts are being rehearsed, all cast members should plan on attending. Up to 3 excused regular rehearsal absences are allowed (none during tech week or performances). Rehearsals during tech week may run until 9:30 pm. 

Mandatory attendance dates and times below, so double-check your schedule before signing up:

  • Tech week evenings: Monday -Thursday, November 12, 13, & 14, 2018
  • Weekday matinees: Thursday and Friday, November 15 & 16 at 9:45 am (Students will miss school until at least noon on these days)
  • Weekend performances: Friday & Saturday, November 16 & 17 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 pm

Committee work. ALL parents/guardians are required to assist with 20-30 hours of committee work during the course of a show. Committee selection occurs during the registration process. After the show is cast we will work with committee members to learn and carry out their duties. We do our best to place volunteers where they request but reserve the right to reassign to where they are needed most.

Cost of participation

Fees: $125  (includes CTE participation fees and a show t-shirt)

Cast members will be required to wear jazz shoes during rehearsals. As it gets closer to show time, cast members may also need a basket to hold their costume items and props and their own make-up and hair supplies. Information about other costume needs will be provided after rehearsals have begun.

If a student is cast but drops out, CTE/FVTC staff must be notified by noon of the Monday following the first scheduled rehearsal to receive a refund.

Specific shoes (usually jazz, character, or tap shoes) and possibly some costume pieces and personal makeup and hair supplies will also be required.

A limited number of fees scholarships are available based on financial need. All scholarship applications are due by the end of auditions.

Codes of Conduct and Terms

During the registration process, parents/guardians and cast members are expected to read and signify their commitment to comply with the CTE Codes of Conduct. Violation of the codes may lead to cast member’s immediate removal from the show and/or jeopardize further participation.

Cast list and mandatory meeting

The cast list is posted above. The mandatory parent meeting is on (this is a revised date) Monday, September 10 at 6:30 pm at The Hemmens Cultural Center.

Participation fees are due IN FULL at this meeting along with additional required paperwork.  Make checks payable to “Children’s Theatre of Elgin.” Attendees will be able to meet the production staff and ask questions and receive a packet of important information related to the show.

Questions about auditions or the show? Contact Mary Dulabaum at 847-989-7723 or Lisa Brewer at 630-625-2296.

Audition Registration

Ready to register? Go for it!

ALL registrations must be completed by parents/guardians or adult auditioners ages 18 and older.

Account login

New to CTE? Set up an account today! (below)

Returning to CTE? Please edit your account to add some information required by our grantors, THEN register to audition. 

This step is also important in updating your contact information so we can keep cast families informed about schedules, etc.

Setting up a family account with CTE

  • Click on instructions button below for details on how to set up an account. Questions or problems? Email or call 847-214-7152.
  • Create your account. Save your username and password for future use.
  • Add students. Select “Add existing student” if they’ve EVER been in a CTE show or workshop; select “Add a new student” if they’ve NEVER participated before.
CTE account dashboard about CTE ID use

Register for the audition

  • Select a student from your family account and complete the registration process.
  • Print out the registration receipt at the end OR print your email registration receipt and bring it to the audition. We need the paper copy at the audition.
  • To retrieve your registration receipt, click on the “Log in and register now” button, select student and show again, and the receipt will pop back up for you to print. 
  • Expect to wait an extra 20-30 minutes in line if you don’t register before you come and/or don’t bring your printed registration receipt to the audition.

Best wishes on a great audition!

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