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General Audition Requirements
Unless otherwise noted in the following show-specific information, all auditions require a:

  • Completed Audition Form
  • Headshot – can be a body-length picture as long as the face is clearly visible
  • Resume
  • Auditioners will be taught a song from the show – no preparation is required

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Audition Requirements

Unless otherwise noted in the following show-specific information, all auditions require a:

  • Completed Audition Form
  • Headshot – can be a body-length picture as long as the face is clearly visible
  • Resume
  • Performance of 16-32 bars of a song – bring sheet music or a karaoke-style CD

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Chicago High School Edition Auditions

Auditions will take place at Desert Stages Theatre on June 23 5PM-9PM (vocal only).

Callbacks (dancing and singing) will be take place June 24 6-9PM.

Desert Stages production is for actors age 13-19

Auditions will consist of 16-32 bar cutting from a musical theatre song in the style of Chicago. Songs from Chicago should not be used for auditions. An accompanist will be available. Please bring music that is clearly marked and in the correct key.

This show has not been pre-cast. All roles are open. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Register to audition HERE

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All auditions, rehearsals, and performances will take place at Desert Stages Theatre. Rehearsals will be Monday through Thursday from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm with the possibility of some Saturday and Sunday rehearsals.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to email Stephanie at


In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap…until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess,” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream”: fame, fortune, and acquittal.

Directed by Chris R. Chavez
Music Director Jennifer Whiting Adams
Choreographer Madison MacDonald

Character breakdown:

VELMA KELLY (Vocal range-alto, E3-D5) is a vaudeville star who (allegedly) murdered her husband and her sister in a fit of jealous rage. Velma is always looking out for Number One—herself. She’s smart, confident, and assertive, and she likes being the center of attention—that is, until Roxie Hart shows up.

ROXIE HART (Vocal range-Mezzo soprano, F3-B4) becomes a celebrity overnight when the news of Fred Casely’s death gets picked up by the papers. Formerly dissatisfied with her life, Roxie revels in her newfound fame. Roxie is resourceful, cunning, and willing to do anything to stay out of jail.

AMOS HART (Vocal range-Baritone, C3-F#4) is Roxie’s hard-working husband. While Amos isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer, he truly loves Roxie and wants what’s best for her. Though at first he is angry at her betrayal, he is willing to forgive her for the sake of their family.

MATRON “MAMA” MORTON (Vocal range-Alto, F#3-Bb4) is the keeper of the keys at the Cook County jail. Although she’s technically on the right side of the law, she’s not above making deals that would not exactly hold up legally upon closer inspection. She is shrewd and business savvy. For Matron Mama Morton, it all comes down to money, and who can make it for her.

BILLY FLYNN (Vocal range-Baritone, Bb2-G4) is the best criminal lawyer in Chicago. He revels in the fast-paced world of criminal defense, thrives by thinking on his feet, and trusts his ability to spin every situation to his client’s (and his) advantage. He is a master manipulator with a ton of charisma and charm— the debonair puppeteer behind the puppet show, pulling all the strings.

MARY SUNSHINE (Vocal range-Soprano, Bb3-Bb5) is the soft-hearted crime reporter from the Evening Star whose opinion Billy sways. She is a tenacious reporter and has lots of readers, and she is famous for humanizing the criminals she writes about.

FRED CASELY is the furniture salesman whom Roxie kills. Though for much of the show he is onstage through the lens of Roxie’s imagination, he should be easily recognizable by the audience. The actor playing Fred does not have to be a singer, but he should be a good actor and mover.

OFFICER FOGARTY is the policeman who responds to Roxie’s crime and interviews Amos. Cast an actor who can play a hard-boiled, streetwise cop.

THE REPORTER breaks the story of Kitty murdering Harry and his girlfriend and also interrupts Juror One just before Roxie’s verdict is declared.

KITTY is an opinionated, wealthy socialite who kills her boyfriend, Harry, when she walks in on him at home with someone else.

HARRY is Kitty’s boyfriend whose affair unfortunately ends his life.

LIZ killed her partner, Bernie, for popping his gum too loudly. She is quite matter-of-fact about the murder and isn’t afraid to tell anyone her story.

ANNIE poisoned her boyfriend, Ezekiel Young, with arsenic after finding out he lied to her and had six wives. Annie is the perfect friend… who you never want to upset.

JUNE killed her husband, Wilbur, with a knife after he aggressively accused her of having an affair with the milkman. June is perhaps the toughest of the prisoners.

KATALIN HUNYAK is a Hungarian woman accused of murdering her husband with an axe. She speaks almost no English except for the words “not guilty.” Though all the women in the Cook County jail claim they aren’t guilty, Hunyak is perhaps the only one who is truly innocent. The audience should sympathize with her, making the news of her execution even more shocking.

MONA killed her sensitive, artistic boyfriend, Alvin Lipshitz, for repeatedly failing to be faithful to her. She appears sweet and unassuming when she tells her story.

ENSEMBLE MEMBERS-These roles will fill various parts such as the jurors, additional reporters, judge, and so on.