Shedd Theatricals Online Auditions 2022
April 20 - May 15, 2022
The Shedd Institute is accepting online auditions for its 2022 Theatricals Season from April 15 - May 20, 2022 for the following 2022 Shedd Theatricals productions:
  • Lady Be Good LADY BE GOOD (July 8-17, 2022 - rehearsals begin Jun 6) Directed & choreographed by Richard Jessup; Music Direction by Robert Ashens. [Male lead, support & ensemble roles available.]
  • The Pajama Game THE PAJAMA GAME (Sep 9-18, 2022 - rehearsals begin August 8) Directed and choreographed by Richard Jessup; Music Direction by Robert Ashens. [Most roles have been cast.]
  • The Sound of Music THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Dec 2-18, 2022 - rehearsals begin Oct 31) Director TBA; Music Direction by Robert Ashens. Choreographer Richard Jessup [No roles have been cast.]
There are lead, supporting, and ensemble roles with stipends for men and women in all three productions. There are supporting roles for children (aged 6 and up) in THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Experience in acting, singing and dancing classic musical comedy and musical theatre is essential.
VACCINATION: All Shedd Institute cast members, crew, and musicians must be vaccinated for COVID19.
SHEDD CASTING: The Shedd Institute assesses actors for its musical theatre productions on an ongoing basis, and often casts by invitation. [For more details on Shedd casting protocols at the bottom of this page.]
REHEARSALS: Rehearsals for all Shedd Institute productions run 6 days per week: Mon-Fri 6-10:30 pm and Sun 5:30-10:30 pm. Saturdays and major holidays are off. Actors are not scheduled every day, but must be available as needed throughout the production. Schedules are posted weekly, 1 week in advance. A limited number of pre-planned absences are permitted subject to the approval of the production manager.
ONLINE AUDITION PROCEDURE: Please follow the steps below to submit your Shedd Theatricals Audition. All steps are required.
Please submit monologues, singing samples and dance audition in 3 separate emails.
  • Audition Application Fill out and submit the online audition application below.
  • Resume & Headshot Submit your performance resume and headshot to
  • Monologues Video record a 1 minute memorized monologue and submit to
  • Singing Samples Video record a 1 minute memorized upbeat singing sample (ideally the song should be from the classic musical comedy/musical theatre period [pre-Sondheim] and should be sung in classic musical theatre style) and submit to
  • Dance audition Learn and video record the dance sequence presented by Richard Jessup in THIS VIDEO and submit to
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SHEDD CASTING PROTOCOLS: The Shedd Institute assesses actors for its musical theatre productions on an ongoing basis, and often casts by invitation bases on past auditions or work with an actor. It offers open online or in-person auditions and, at times, separate auditions for youth under 16, approximately every 3 to 6 months. Each audition focusses on several upcoming productions and often the majority of roles in a show are filled up to 6 months before we go into production. Our open auditions afford the best way for actors unknown by The Shedd creative team or actors who wish to keep in front of that team to do so. Actors who cannot participate in the most immediate Shedd production are strongly advised to audition in order to be in the best position for favorable consideration for roles in subsequent productions. If you choose not to or cannot audition but still have interest in being a part of our productions, you still need to fill out this online audition registration indicating your interest.
SUGGESTIONS:The 3 musicals in the Shedd's 2022 season are from 3 distinct periods in the history of musical theatre: Lady Be Good (1924, George & Ira Gershwin), is from the Golden Age of musical comedy (1924-43...The Roaring Twenties); The Pajama Game (1954, Richard Adler, Jerry Ross, George Abbott & Richard Bissell) is still a musical comedy but with a decidedly mid-20th century feel; and The Sound of Music (1959, Rodgers & Hammerstein) is one of the classics of the Golden Age of musical theatre (1943-65)...and most definitely NOT a comedy. Each genre suggests its own approach to acting, singing and dancing consistent with the era of its creation. Keep this in mind as you prepare your audition samples. We recommend that you DO NOT prepare song samples from the post 1960s period, and that you choose an arrangement that is in a classical musical comedy/musical theatre style; similarly, we advise you to choose monologues from the period 1920s-60s as well.