Petite Opera Productions General Auditions 2018

Petite Opera General Auditions 2018
Petite Opera Productions, a 501c3 non-profit professional company, will hold auditions for its 2018-2019 season in the January-February 2018 time frame.  Auditions dates and season are still be finalized.  Both classically-trained adults and children (ages 8-18) are invited to send in their materials for consideration.  All auditions will be held in Park Ridge, Illinois (a Chicago northwestern suburb), by appointment only. Casting preference is given to Chicago-area* local adults and children.

Seeking adults and children (ages 8-18) to play leading and featured roles, or perform as members of the chorus.  Candidates should have strong/trained voices that can perform acoustically in a classic style (no body microphones will be used), good stage presence, character creation and movement, and ability to learn music quickly.  (Children who read music are preferred).

Request your audition appointment by emailing
Deadline will be posted soon.

Audition appointments are granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please enter “AUDITION REQUEST” on the subject line:
Include in email body:
  • Auditions will be held during one or more of the following time blocks. 
    Please note your availability during ALL
    of the following days/times:
    • TUE evenings from 7-10 PM
    • SAT mornings from 10AM-Noon and from 1-5PM
    • SUN afternoons from 2-5PM and evenings 7-10 PM
Attach the following to your email (note:  PDF, DOC, RTF file formats accepted)
    • Resume, including your phone number and email
    • Headshot in JPG format
    • Performance references from directors, teachers
    • Online performance links (optional)
    • Performance Reviews (optional, .DOC, .PDF or .RTF format)
    • Performance references (directors, conductors, teachers/coaches)
You will be notified via email of your appointment time, location and what to bring to the audition. 

What to Prepare:
  • Adults:  Two classical selections from opera, operetta or legitimate musical theatre.  One must be in English. 
  • Children: 
    • One suitable musical selection in a classical style, in English, that demonstrates range and ability
    • One patriotic standard in your best key, such as "Star-Spangled Banner", "God Bless America" or "America the Beautiful"
    • Be prepared to read and improvise, and possibly to perform a dance routine

Petite Opera Productions is a professional company that produces professional-quality opera, operetta, spooferetta and musical theatre.  The company specializes in comic and lighter works, performs works only in English, and is committed to introducing new patrons to acoustical live stage productions. The company casts complete performers—classically-trained vocalists who provide complete characterizations and dance/move well—and volunteer chorus, orchestra and dancers from the community.  Each production runs for 6 or more performances in an intimate, acoustic-friendly space (200 seats) without the use of microphones. The company takes a cross-over approach to all genre performed. 

*Please note that Petite Opera does not provide housing, transportation, or transportation reimbursement for performers.  Performers must be local Chicago-area candidates or those that can provide their own housing and transportation (to the northwestern suburb of Park Ridge) for the rehearsal period, which occurs up to three days per week and is spread out over a 12-14 week period (due to venue access).