Auditions March 7, 2020

Ages 8 – 17

A Program Unlike Any Other

Jeff-Award Winning Porchlight Music Theatre is thrilled to offer our first Full Youth Production. This Spring, while the Chicago Premiere of Freaky Friday: The Musical plays on our Mainstage at the historic Ruth Page Center, participants ages 8-17 will rehearse Freaky Friday: The Musical, One Act Edition. This slightly shorter version of the full show will rehearse on Saturdays and Sundays* from April 4-May 16. Participants will get to perform their musical twice on the same set as our professional Mainstage production. In addition to being directed by award winning Chicago actor and Porchlight Education Manager, Michelle Lauto, participants will also have the unique opportunity to meet with their counterparts in the professional adult cast for a Q&A session and attend the invitation-only dress rehearsal of our Mainstage production. There is no other Musical Theatre program like this for the youth of Chicagoland!

*Two additional Tech Rehearsals required the week leading up to the show

Auditions March 7th!

Porchlight welcomes performers of all skill levels to sign-up, but auditions will be held ahead of time in order to place participants in specific roles. The audition will require singing a song of their choosing that shows range and also learning a brief dance combo. This is only about role placement. Every child who signs up for an audition will be cast*

*Sign Up is on a first come, first serve basis. A limited number of spots are available

Two Exciting Performances on The Mainstage Set

On May 17th, the cast of this pilot production will perform their show for friends, family, and cast members of the professional production on the very same set the Mainstage production at Ruth Page Center . This provides participants with the unique opportunity to perform in a full production on a professional scale and learn more about just how much goes into putting up a musical. Porchlight is thrilled to be providing this one of a kind experience.

Age Range: 8-17

Cost: $750.00 per participant


  • 60 hours of rehearsal and instruction
  • 2 tickets to the invited Dress Rehearsal of our Mainstage production of Freaky Friday
  • 2 performances on the Mainstage set at Ruth Page Center for the Arts
  • Individualized Q&A time with professional counter parts

Financial assistance available, contact

All participants must commit to the full calendar of events

Full Rehearsal and Performance Schedule Available Here

All regular rehearsals are held at Porchlight’s Rehearsal Studios, 4200 W. Diversey. Technical rehearsals and performances are held at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St