The Casting Auction Pro Series

If you love doing the annual casting auction, here is an opportunity to take your performance skills to a higher level! We have partnered with the Chicago Theater Workshop to create another performing experience for our casting auction actors.

The Pro Series will give performers the opportunity to be in a professional show with professional actors for a one-night-only guaranteed performance during the run of the show in a featured or starring role.

This is not for the faint-of-heart! You will perform onstage with Broadway veterans, Equity actors, and top Non-Equity talent in a musical that is being workshopped by the writers from New York.

You will be required to attend a two-week Master Class, which will include rehearsals for the show and one-on-one training from professionals. After joining the cast for tech rehearsals, you will shadow your role backstage and have a put-in rehearsal before you join the cast onstage!

This Year’s Pro Series Musical

Little Miss Sunshine
Book and lyrics by James Lapine
Music by William Finn
Based on the film Little Miss Sunshine by Michael Arndt

From the Tony Award winning team of James Lapine (Into The Woods, Sunday in The Park with George) and William Finn (Falsettos, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) comes a musical comedy about one modern family’s unexpected route to brighter days. Based on the Academy Award-winning film, Little Miss Sunshine is an outrageously funny and surprisingly touching new musical.


May 9–10, 2017: Tech Rehearsals (Highly recommended to attend when you can)
May 11–14, 2017: Watch performances and watch your character from the audience
*Each actor will be assigned one performance to shadow your character’s backstage paths during the show

Required Master Class Dates
May 15–18 (Evenings): Master Classes with Tom Mullen & Kate Garassino O’Driscoll (Mandatory attendance)
May 22–25 (Evenings): Music and Blocking with Tom Mullen (Mandatory attendance)
May 30–June 1 (Evenings): Additional rehearsals with Tom Mullen & kate Garassino O’Driscoll (Mandatory attendance)

Friday, June 2 (Daytime): Technical Put-in Rehearsal (Mandatory attendance)
Saturday, June 3 (Afternoon): Put-in Rehearsal with Full Cast (Mandatory attendance)

Saturday, June 3 – 8pm: Live Performance


The Casting Party & Available Roles

A small, elegant, semi-formal Casting Party will take place on Friday, April 14th at 7pm, location to be determined.

Roles in the Pro Series are bid via silent auction only.

All actors in this year’s casting auction show will receive a private invitation to the event via email. If you were not in this year’s show but wish to attend, you may request an invitation below. There is no charge to attend.

Request a Pro Series Casting Party Invitation

Note: You only need to request an invite if you were not in this year’s casting auction show.

Available Roles all begin at $1,000:

Sheryl Hoover (Female)
is a working mother who is constantly stressed; she loves her crazy family and will do anything to keep them together; she is level headed, pragmatic, responsible, the most ”normal” in the family; is a good mom but she is often overwhelmed with the huge task of reigning in the powerful personalities of her unconventional family; Mezzo Soprano with strong belt.

Richard Hoover (Male)
is a well meaning enough father to Olive and husband to Sheryl; he is competitive, outgoing, ambitious, and impatient and obsessively trying unsuccessfully, to sell his self-help and self-improvement technique, 10-steps-to-success, that he created; his tendency to view everything through the 10-step lens annoys the rest of the family, who are aware that life is not as simple as Richard suggests; is repellent in character, and blind to the real ‘successes’ of life, placing too much importance on what he sees as winning; he is lost in his obsession, blindly labeling the natural doubts and fears of life the ways of a ‘loser’; his black and white perspectives do not help him see that people can be both winners and losers and do not have to fit one mold or the other, quote; ”There are two types of people in this world, winners and losers”; Baritone / Lyric Baritone.

Frank Ginsberg (Male)
is the brother to Sheryl and uncle to Olive Hoover; he is caring, humane and intelligent, a scholar of French author Proust; but after being scorned by a recent gay lover Frank attempts suicide and is released from hospital into Sheryl’s entrusted care; though depressed; overall Frank is an incredibly stable character given his situation and is a constant bedrock for other characters to latch to in times of distress; Tenor; must have a big voice with excellent comedic timing.

Miss California (Female)
is the co-host of the pageant with one song.

Joshua Rose (Male)
Joshua is Frank’s old beau and former graduate student.

Linda (Female)
is a bereavement liaison at the hospital in one scene.

Kirby (Female or Male)
is a laid-back stoner who enters Olive in the Little Miss Sunshine Finals after the family arrives late.

About Chicago Theater Workshop

Chicago Theatre Workshop acts as an incubator for new works and is dedicated to the creation of theatre that invigorates, inspires and challenges our perceptions of art and music. An intensively collaborative initiative, CTW melds the creative process with the audience experience.

“The work we do involves significant risk. And if we do it well, significant reward. We are bold and fearless. We are creative. We push the boundaries of what art can be and help shape the direction that theatre will take. We are always on the forefront of new work and new talent. We foster that work and we watch it grow into its fullest potential. We are an incubator.”

Artistic Director Tom Mullen was part of Bailiwick Chicago and directed the company’s critically-acclaimed productions of F**king Men and Departure Lounge.

Tom Mullen

Artistic Director

Tom Mullen

Tom Mullen is the artistic director of CHICAGO THEATRE WORKSHOP. CTW is a revolutionary new theatre combines both live and digital productions through a landmark agreement with Actors Equity Association. He recently adapted and directed the world premiere of Trainspotting, USA with author, and Irvine Welsh at Theatre Wit. The Chicago Sun Times hailed the show as “Riveting and burn the floor theatre!” Tom directed the off-Broadway musical Tomorrow Morning by Laurence Mark Wythe at the York Theatre which was nominated for an off-Broadway Alliance Award and Outer Critic Circle nomination for best off-Broadway musical, Tom directed, Joe DiPietro’s F**king Men for Bailiwick Chicago and the US premiere of the U.K. musical Departure Lounge for Bailiwick at the Royal George Theatre. Tomorrow Morning, Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theater, (Jeff Award Winner – Best Musical Midsize) Love/Perfect Now Change, Noble Fool Theatricals, JOE, Chicago Dramatist, Urinetown, Mercury Theatre, nominated for seven Jeff Awards, including Best Director and Best Musical. World premiere, What A Glorious Feeling, official selection, NY Musical Theatre Festival, Full Gallop, with Emmy winner Jill Larson and the world premiere of Wicked City. Associate director, Broadway revival, Sondheim’s Company, Roundabout Theatre, NYC and The Rhythm Club, Signature Theatre, Washington D.C. National tours, The World Goes ‘Round for Columbia Artists, adapted and directed Augusten Burroughs novel Sellevision, Ohio Theatre, Soho, NYC. Tom has assisted for Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, Disney Theatricals and teaches for Second City Comedy Theatre. In concert he’s produced and directed Grammy Winner Oleta Adams, Tony-Winner Sutton Foster, and Emmy-Winner Bea Arthur. Regional credits include: Forever Plaid, A Chorus Line, Betty’s Summer Vacation, Nine, Closer than Ever and The 1940’s Radio Hour. Currently developing the new musical, The Pines with the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Tom studied theatre at Wayne State University and has his BA in Theatre Directing from Columbia College Chicago.

Maggie Portman


Maggie Portman

Maggie is filled with sunshine to be directing for The Chicago theatre workshop. She’s an equity actress and recently appeared in Chicago Shakespeare Theatres Loves labours Lost, she was nominated for a Jeff Award for Meg Brockie in the Goodman Theatre production of Brigadoon. other credits include Mary Poppins Annie and Hair at Paramount theatre, Hello Dolly at Drury Lane Oakbrook, she won the non equity Jeff award for Eva Peron in Evita and Florence in Chess and was nominated for her choreography in Cabaret at Theo Ubique Theatre. She has Choreographed several shows at Theo Ubique since. She currently directs, choreographs and is a drama instructor for The Performers School in Highwood, IL. She cofounded Li’l Buds Theatre in 2006 where she has directed and choreographed for their main stage productions and summer theatre camp for 10 years.