The Prom
The Prom
August 16 - August 25, 2024
McGrath Family Performing Arts Center
1100 Laramie Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091

After a scathing review from the New York Times closes their latest show on opening night, a couple of brassy Broadway performers embark on a mission to change the world and in the process, rehabilitate their image.  Their selected cause is a teenager from a small Indiana town whose prom was canceled by the P.T.A. due to her desire to attend with her girlfriend. The Prom is a funny, smart, big-hearted musical about big Broadway stars, a small town, and a love that unites them all. Everyone is invited to The Prom!

Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin

  • August 16, 17, 23, 24, at 7:30pm
  • August 24, 25 at 2pm
  • Please note: Two shows on August 24
  • Performances are at the stunning new 550-seat McGrath Family Performing Arts Center in Wilmette!

Ticket information and links to purchase will be available June 20, 2024

All auditions are via electronic submission only and should be submitted by noon CDT May 13, 2024. Callbacks are in-person, by invitation only, on June 3rd & 4th, 2024, at West Ridge, 636 Ridge Road in Highland Park, IL. We particularly encourage actors 14 and older of all ethnicity, body types, and gender expressions to audition, as we value and celebrate diversity in our performances. Stipends are available for several roles.

  • Prepare 32 bars in the style of the show that demonstrates your range and vocal ability.
  • Singing from the show is permitted, but not encouraged.
  • No A cappella - please sing with a piano or backing track

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

  • Rehearsals begin the week of June 11th and are held 3-4 times a week
  • Weeknights 6pm-9pm and Saturday morning or afternoons
  • Tech Week rehearsals begin Sunday, August 11th

CASTING NOTE:
HPP values diversity in race, physical ability, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic background, age, and body type. Anyone who sees a little of themselves in one of these characters is welcome and warmly encouraged to audition. The character descriptions indicate the age or gender that the character should appear onstage and do not need to match the age or gender identity of the performer. Please note that a few of these roles require some physical intimacy onstage.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS:

* - denotes a stipend is available for this role

*Emma Nolan – late teen/young adult – student, shy, in love with Alyssa, warm-hearted, quiet, reluctant, smart, kind, intelligent, strong actor/singer, ability to play guitar an asset but not required. Vocal Range: F3 - E5

*Dee Dee Allen – mature adult – diva, narcissistic, egotistical Broadway star, comical, self-involved, domineering, big stage presence, strong actor/singer Vocal Range: E3 - E5

*Barry Glickman – adult/mature adult – campy, over-the-top, politically incorrect, flamboyant Broadway star, self- involved, impulsive, kind-hearted, strong singer Vocal range: Bb3 - F#4 (Ab5, if possible)

*Alyssa Greene – late teen/young adult – top student, cheerleader, closeted girlfriend, in love with Emma, fearful, strong actor/singer/mover Vocal Range: Ab4 - Eb5

*Mr. Hawkins – adult/mature adult – high school principal, concerned, star-struck fan of Dee Dee’s, kind, honest, ally to Emma, reprimanding Vocal range: G2 - F4

*Angie Dickinson – adult/mature adult – actress, dancer, frustrated Broadway veteran, heart of gold, experienced, kind-hearted, flamboyant, jaded “Fosse” girl, strong actor/singer/dancer Vocal Range: Ab4 - E5

*Mrs. Greene – adult – Alyssa’s mother, strict, controlling, intimidating, traditional, straight-laced, school PTA President, conservative, shocked, tough, strong actor Vocal Range: A4 - C5

*Trent Oliver – adult – pretentious Juilliard graduate, struggling Broadway actor, pompous, enthusiastic, funny, strong actor/singer/mover Vocal range: C3 - Ab5

*Sheldon Saperstein – adult/mature adult – Broadway publicist, straight-talking, hard-working, charismatic agent Open vocal range. Ensemble range as appropriate

*Shelby, Kaylee, Nick, Kevin – teens/young adults – students who bully Emma (but eventually learn to accept her), the popular kids (cheerleaders and jocks), strong singers/dancers Shelby Solo Vocal range: Ab4 - Bb5 Kayley Solo Vocal range: Ab4 - C5 Nick Solo Vocal range: C3 - F4 Kevin Solo Vocal range: D3 - G4

Students – late teens/young adults – all genders, prejudiced, mean, bullying, small town, bigoted (but have a change of heart), excitable, strong singers/movers, ensemble *

Parents – adults/mature adults – both genders, bigoted, homophobic, small town, prejudiced, worried, afraid, strong singers/movers, ensemble*

Ensemble will consist of the following roles: Olivia Keating, Opening Night Party attendees, reporters, students, PTA members, motel clerk, cast of the non-Equity tour of Godspell, Monster Truck rally attendees, Mrs. Greene’s friend, LGBT students  Soprano: Alto: Tenor: Bass: C4 - G5 Ab4 - G5 C3 - Ab5 C3 - G4

Production Staff

  • Producers - Bradley A. Rose and Erin Versosky
  • Director - Lauren Katz
  • Music Director - Ken Preuss
  • Choreographer - Dominique Ruffalo
  • Stage Manager – Erin Versosky
  • Costume Designer – Martha Shuford
  • Set Designer - Eric Luchen
  • Light and Sound Designer – Alec Kinastowski
  • Sound Operator – Tim McKeown
  • Light Board Operator – Erin Versosky
  • Technical Director – Manny Ortiz
  • Assistant Stage Manager – Tristan Wold
  • Props – Carol Lee Wax
  • Social Media Director – Sarah Tilford
  • Publicity – Jacob Cohen

Cast Members

Dee Dee - Christine Pfenninger

Emma - Hannah Kipp

Trent - Elijah Warfield

Barry - Robin Trevino

Angie - Jessica Means

Alyssa - Chloe Hayes

Hawkins - Drew Longo

Mrs. Greene - Abigail Adjei-Perberg

Sheldon - Corey Mills

Kaylee - Kayla Walton

Shelby - Kathryn Laird

Kevin - Declan Durr

Nick - Brad Howel

lFeatured Dancer - Trillium Falotico

Featured Dancer - Hayley Pieper

Featured Dancer - Morgan Podlin

ENSEMBLE - Becca Robertson

ENSEMBLE - Carly Howell

ENSEMBLE - Dylan Maye

ENSEMBLE - Ellory Jezuit

ENSEMBLE - Emma Norville

ENSEMBLE - Geoff Adamski

ENSEMBLE - Isabella Victorson

ENSEMBLE - Jonathan Gembarski

ENSEMBLE - Michael Vasilevich

ENSEMBLE - Nathan Landes

ENSEMBLE - Peter Rasey

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