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.


Through the Looking Glass

Our combined Children’s Theatre of Elgin / Fox Valley Theatre Company is looking forward to presenting the exciting fantasy musical Through the Looking Glass this summer!

Who may audition: Anyone in 2nd grade through 20 years old
Important note: Parents should register their children as being the school grade they will be in THIS FALL. For this show, 1st graders may audition since they will have completed 1st grade by the time the show goes on stage. 

When: Tuesday and Wednesday, April 4 & 5, 2017
Check in between 6-8:30 pm. Come either night to audition, whichever is most convenient for your family.

Another important note: April 4th is election night, and the Arts Center is a polling place, so be prepared for a little more traffic that night.

Where: Elgin Community College Arts Center, Building H, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, Illinois
Free parking next to and across the street from the building. Enter through the main doors (the building is round and have a large, red triangle jutting out from the front) and check in.

What to bring: 1) Sheet music for the accompanist and 2) A printed copy of the registration receipt. Print it out at the completion of your registration, from your email receipt, or return to this page and login below, select the student and show and the student receipt printout will appear. 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.

Audition Expectations

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

Rehearsals and time commitment

Rehearsals begin on Monday, April 24, 2017 and continue Monday through Thursday evenings basically 6:00-9:30 pm through tech week. No rehearsal on Memorial Day May 29th. Rehearsals during tech week may run until 10:00 pm. 

Please note there will also be Saturday rehearsals on June 3 and 10 from 12-3 pm due to the short turnaround schedule for this show. You will not be able to indicate your availability for these dates on the Conflict Calendar when you register, but please indicate in the Notes section if you can’t attend either of them. 

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

  • Tech week evenings: June 12-15, 2017
  • Six weekend performances: Fridays & Saturdays June 16, 17, 23, & 24 at 7:30 pm; Sundays, June 19 & 25 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: $245 (includes CTE participation fees, a show t-shirt, and $131 tuition to ECC as part of the CTE/FVTC contractual agreement)

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 for each group will be provided after rehearsals have begun.

If 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) as well as 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 will be posted here on our website as soon as it is finalized.

The mandatory parent meeting is on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 6:30 pm.

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 Jessica at 847-431-6377 or

Audition Registration

Ready to register? Go for it!

Account login

Set up a CTE account before you can register. ALL registrations must be completed by parents/guardians or adult auditioners.

Set 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 been participated before.
  • Select the “Edit Student Information” button and make sure it’s accurate or cast family will NOT receive up-to-date rehearsal and show information.

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!

Reminder: The 8-digit CTE ID is not a username and is not a password.

Click on the button below and choose “Create Account” to select your own username and password. Write down your username and password for future use. The CTE ID will be needed when you add existing students to your family account. DO NOT select “Add a New Student” if you have student has EVER been registered for a CTE show or workshop.

Don’t forget to print out your registration receipt at the end of the process OR your email receipt and bring it to the audition.

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