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Producing theatre requires the talent and hard work of many dedicated people on stage and behind the scenes. We can't mount our shows without performers, stage managers, directors, lighting designers, choreographers, and more! Consider joining us at Big Noise Theatre! Opportunities for performers and production staff are listed below.


In Person Auditions: February 10; 10am-3pm. Video Submissions: Due by February 10 until 11:59pm. Callbacks: February 13; 6:30pm-9:30pm.

Big Noise Theatre is excited to announce Non-Equity auditions for Disney’s FREAKY FRIDAY! The new musical, Freaky Friday, based on the beloved 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, features a book by Bridget Carpenter - the co-executive producer and writer on the beloved TV hits, "Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood" - and music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey - the Pulitzer Prize-winning composers of Next to Normal and If/Then.

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another's struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter.

Directed by Meagan Zahora
Associate Direction & Choreography by Jake Ganzer
Music Direction by Aaron Zimmerman

When: Saturday, February 10, 10 am-3 pm. Callbacks Feb. 13th 6:30pm-9:30 pm
Where: Prairie Lakes Community Center, 515 E Thacker St, Des Plaines, IL
Pay: $100 Stipend

NOTE: While we highly recommend attending in-person, virtual submissions are accepted. Please use digital form for submissions. Submissions will be accepted until February 10, 11:59pm.

Prepare: 32-bar Musical Theatre song in the style of the show, but not from the show. An accompanist will be provided.

Character Breakdown
We urge performers of all races/ethnicities, body types, gender, and physical ability to audition.

Ellie Blake: 16. The hero of the story. A rumpled, disorganized "everygirl." She is smart, funny, and passionate about her school's underground scavenger hunt, but sees herself as a "Whats-her-name," and easily forgotten, unlike her "perfect" mom. Must also portray Katherine in Ellie's body. Strong belter. Belter/Soprano (F3-E5)

Katherine Blake: 40-49. A single mother who runs her own catering business. Overprotective and Type A, she believes she can have it all by doing it all: event planning, designing, and catering her own perfect wedding. Must also portray Ellie in Katherine's body. Strong belter. Mezzo/Alto (G3-G5)

Fletcher Blake: 10.  Ellie's little brother, Katherine's son. eccentric, naive; obsessed with his puppets.

Mike Riley: 40-49. Katherine's fiance and a contractor by trade. A warm, reliable, easygoing guy. He adores Katherine and her kids. Tenor/Bariton (Db3-G4)

Adam: 16. Love interest for Ellie. Slouchy and scruffy, he is a paragon of adorable cool. Acts as the "List Master" of the school's annual underground scavenger hunt. Tenor (C3-F4)

Savannah: 16. The villain. Brilliant, aggressive, a winner. Soprano/Mezzo (D4-Db5)

Torrey: 20's+. Katherine's assistant - a high strung perfectionist. Mezzo/Alto 

Grandpa Gordon: Katherine’s Father - grumpy, stubborn, old-school (doubles other roles)

Grandma Helene: Katherine’s Mother - opinionated, because she cares (doubles other roles)

Ensemble: 16+. Seeking teenage and adult actors with fantastic singing voices. The ensemble also play many featured roles.

Time Commitment: Rehearsals will be held in Des Plaines between February 18 and April 9 before moving to the performance space in Des Plaines on April 15. Performances are at Prairie Lakes Theater on:
Fridays: April 26, May 3, May 10 at 7:30 pm
Saturdays: April 27, May 4, May 11 at 7:30 pm
Sundays: April 28, May 5, May 12 at 2:00 pm

Submission Info: Do not submit photo/resume via email for consideration; make an audition appointment and please fill out the digital form. No phone calls, please.

Safety at Rehearsals and Performances: Big Noise Theatre intends to have mask-free performances of this production. Due to the ever evolving nature of COVID-19, BNT and the production staff will follow the latest local and CDC guidelines for rehearsals and performances and will partner with cast and staff to ensure the safety and comfort of all involved.

Watch this space for opportunities to work with Big Noise Theatre on stage and off. We're always looking for talented individuals who enjoy collaborating on bringing top-notch entertainment to our stage.