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.


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It’s coming soon and YOU could be in it! We’re looking for lots of young people to audition for CTE’s original musical Rapunzel, on stage at The Hemmens Cultural Center April 5-8, 2018.


Who may audition: Anyone in 2nd through 9th grade

When: Monday and Tuesday, January 15 & 16, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 pm (check-in begins at 5:45 pm and ends at 8:00 pm). Come either night, whichever is best for your family.

Where: Epworth United Methodist Church at 37W040 West Highland Avenue, Elgin, IL 60124 (northwest corner of Highland Avenue and Randall Road). Parking entrance is at the west end of the property and parking on the north. Enter through the north doors to check in and auditions will be in the Community Room.

What to bring: 1) Sheet music for the accompanist and 2) A printed copy of the audition registration receipt.

(Print it out at the end of the registration process. Otherwise, from your email receipt or return to this page and log in below, select student and show and the student 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. Sorry, we need a paper copy; your phone version won’t do.)

Audition Expectations: Rapunzel

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

Rehearsals and time commitment

Rehearsals begin on Monday, January 22nd at 6:00 pm with a script run-through during the parent meeting and will continue Monday through Thursday evenings basically 6:00-9:00 pm through tech week.

We understand that March 26-29 is spring break for some area school districts, and as such we will allow time off as needed for vacations, but please be honest when filling out absence dates on the registration form. The conflict date information helps us create a rehearsal schedule that will be most beneficial for all involved in the production and so we are prepared for tech week.

Rehearsals during tech week may run until 10:00 pm. Rehearsals will take place at Epworth Church for the first couple of weeks and then move over to The Hemmens Cultural Center through the end of the show.

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

  • Tech week evenings: April 2, 3, & 4, 2018
  • Two weekday matinees: Thursday and Friday, April 5 & 6 at 9:45 am (Students will miss school until at least noon on these days)
  • Four weekend performances: Friday & Saturday April 6 & 7 at 7:30 pm; Sunday, April 8 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 help committee members 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. Committee work is a fabulous way for families to get involved in the show’s success and make some great friends, too! 

Cost of participation

Fees: $115 (includes CTE participation fees and a show t-shirt)

Optional fees: $25 concessions buyout for those who do not wish to provide treats/beverages

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. For this show, that date would be January 29.

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, January 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm for payments and questions.

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 Amy Zapata at 224-650-0123 or

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

Note: The username/password account setup began in fall 2016, so if you last signed up before that or are new to CTE, you will need to create your family account before registering students for audition.

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.
CTE account dashboard about CTE ID use

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

We recently made additional changes to our registration form, so please update all students on your account if possible. 

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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