Master Classes & Professional Series Workshops:

Audition-Only Classes are exclusive, advanced programs for the best and the brightest young talent. This is quality theatre by and for young people. Participants are responsible for memorizing lines, music and choreography, and will study the craft of theater through the process of preparing for a live performance. Be sure to check this page often for current Youth Ensemble and Professional Series programs!


Youth Ensemble

Youth Ensemble

YOUTH ENSEMBLE is an exclusive, audition-only educational program for the best and the brightest young talent.  This is quality theatre by and for kids of all ages. Participants are responsible for memorizing lines, music and choreography.  Members learn the craft of theater through the process of preparing for live performances.  The Youth Ensemble is open to students ages 6-18 years old, and performs family-friendly musicals. 

Youth Ensemble is our premiere production for young actors that are directed, promoted and performed in the same manner as our professional theatre productions. The Youth Ensemble is open to students ages 6-18 years old, and performs family-friendly musicals.

2015 Summer Youth Ensemble Musical: Disney's BEAUTY & THE BEAST JR.

Directed by Patrick Stinson; Music Directed by Debra Stombres
Based on the award-winning Broadway version of the classic Disney animated film, audition to be a part of an enchanted world for a tale as old as time! Rehearsals: June 3rd through July 23rd, 2015
Performances: July 25th, August 1st, August 8th and August 9th, 2015. Saturday performances at 10:30AM, Sunday performances at 7:00PM
View Production Calendar
Cost: $195 plus a $50 costume fee for a total of $245
For Ages: 6-18 years old
Congratulations to those who were Cast in Beauty & The Beast
BEAST: Nathan Shue
BELLE: Melissa Wickland
GASTON: Evan Neilson
LEFOU: Sophie Chahmirzadi
LUMIERE: Erika Denker
COGSWORTH: Lilliana Andujar
MRS. POTTS: Katie O'Brien
CHIP: Catherine Gallagher
SILLY GIRL/BABETTE: Cameron Marshall
SILLY GIRL/SERVANT: Mackenzie Hillmann
MAURICE: Victoria Antonelli
Francesca Lombardo
Gabby Webb
Hayley Giancaterino
Isabella Starmach
Maggie Wickland
Marissa Clements
Michael Malpica
Ruby Ferguson
Tiffany Johnson

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Professional Series Advanced Audition-only Master Acting Class

Professional Series

This is an advanced audition-only program for grades 8-12:  the best and the brightest young talent.   Each week a different industry professional will guest at FVR to teach an intensive workshop on a discipline including on-camera acting, monologues, improv and audition technique for theatre.  This class is for serious performers only.

This Master Class is for students working or ready to work professionally. Applicants without professional headshot and resume will not be considered.


2015 Spring Master Class

The master class will meet Sundays beginning April 12th through May 17th from 5:30PM to 8:30PM (class will be held on Mother's Day). Tuition cost is $275.00. Each session will cover a different subject taught by a professional in that field. Classes will include subjects on Improv taught by Bill Russell, On-Camera Acting taught by John Wesley Norton, Print work for actors taught by Laurie Hamilton, Talent agents taught by Jim McCaffrey, Singing auditions taught by Jeff Poindexter and Theater auditions taught by Carol Rose Durkin.
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2015 Spring Master Class Schedule


April 12: Improv and Voice-Over
Bill Russell
Improviser/Voice-Overs/On-Camera Talent
Bill Russell is an actor, teacher and director with over 30 years of experience in Chicago theater. He is currently on staff at The Comedy Shrine theater in Aurora, teaches for the organization and coaches area students participating in the "Destination Imagination" scholastic competition. He began his career appearing in Second City's Children's Show before joining the ImprovOlympics (now iO Theater) where he worked with legendary improv guru Del Close as a member of the Barons Barracudas house troupe and as an ensemble member of Close's hit show "Honor Finnegan vs. the Brain of the Galaxy." He has acted with many theater companies including Interplay Theater and Victory Gardens Theater, and has appeared in numerous TV commercials and shows, including two appearances on the ABC-TV show "America's Funniest People." He has also served as a member of the theater ministry at Community Christian Church in Naperville as an actor, teacher, writer and director, and co-founded CCC's improv troupe "CSI Yellow Box," with which he still performs.


April 19: On-Camera Acting and Auditions
John Wesley Norton
Norton joined the U.S. Army when he was 18. He wanted to make movies but the Army said he had to drive trucks and fuel tanks instead. So after his enlistment was up he attended Southern Illinois University where he wanted to make movies but the program was full and quite expensive. So he studied Acting & Directing for the stage, which was available and much cheaper. After college he moved to Chicago to make movies. He put it on hold when he met his wife Karen and raised his family. Now his kids are mostly grown. Now he makes movies.


April 26: Print Work for Actors
Laurie Hamilton
Director of Print, Shirley Hamilton Talent
Laurie Hamilton has been representing talent at Shirley Hamilton Inc. since 1990. Shirley Hamilton's Agency has been representing talent in Print, TV, Film, Commercials, Industrials, Theatre, Voice-overs, and Live Events since 1962. Laurie works with her Print clients to cast the perfect talent. Since joining the agency, Laurie has shepherded the Children's Division in both print and on camera. Before switching to a career in Talent representation, Laurie was an editorial artist at two Chicago newspapers, a freelance illustrator in New York and Washington D.C., and an Art Director in an advertising agency in New Orleans. Laurie studied fine art at the University of Vienna, Austria; fashion illustration at The Art Institute of Chicago and Paris. She received her degree in advertising and editorial art at the University of Kansas. She continues teaching in the industry and illustrating children's books.


May 3: How to get an Agent/How to work with Agents
Jim McCaffrey
Talent Agent, Stewart Talent
Jim McCaffrey has been an agent for the past three years at Stewart Talent, the premier agency in the Midwest, representing actors for film, TV, theatre, and commercials. His clients can be seen on TV in NBC's Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Fox's Empire, Showtime's Fargo, USA's Sirens, and much more, in addition to countless national commercials, Broadway plays and musicals, feature films, and major regional stages across the country. Prior to working as an agent, he worked in the casting department of the Goodman Theatre, and as a professional stage manager and actor in New York and internationally. Jim is a graduate from Temple University in Philadelphia, and holds a BA in Theatre with a minor in Business Administration.


May 10: Singing Auditions
Jeffrey Poindexter
Music Director and Pianist
Jeff has served as music director/keyboardist for Forever Plaid, Nunsense, Sisters of Swing (Fox Valley Repertory), Legally Blonde (Big Noise Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Theatre Nebula), Scrooge: the Musical (Steel Beam Theatre). As a keyboardist, he has played for Altar Boyz, Christmas on Broadway (Fox Valley Repertory), Hang Your Hat at Mr. Kelly's (Three Cat Productions), Pajama Game (Music on Stage). Jeffrey earned a master's degree in jazz piano from DePaul University.


May 17: Theatre Auditions
Carol Rose Durkin
You may remember her from Sisters of Swing where she played the eldest of the Andrews Sisters, Laverne. Or the previous summer when she played Millie in Why Do Fools Fall in Love? Other Chicago credits include the non-equity premier of Tomorrow Morning at the Towle Theatre, Marty in the Jeff Award Winning production of The Original Grease at American Theatre Company. Professional regional companies include Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, Circle Theatre, American Theatre Company, St. Louis Shakespeare, The St. Louis Muny, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Carol is a proud graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with a BFA in Music Theatre.

Audition Information

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments will be taken first. Be prepared to wait.

If unable to attend one of the audition dates, please contact Tracy at and we will try to accommodate you.
Please be familiar with the play or musical prior to the audition.
We make every effort to cast as many actors as possible. Casting will be determined based on ability, training, experience, audition technique and suitability to the role.
Although not a requirement, we encourage you to complete a FVR Performing Arts Academy class prior to auditioning. Proper training can help you land the role of your dreams!
Bring a photo (8 x 10 headshot preferred). If experienced, actors should attach a properly formatted actor's resume (Google 'Actor's Resume' for examples).


Memorize a 1-minute monologue in the style of the show which portrays the character you are most interested in playing. Do not use a monologue from the show. You may be asked to read from the script.

Youth Ensemble Musicals and Black Box Theatre

In addition to a monologue, also prepare and memorize 32 bars of a song from a similar style show.  Bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. Do not bring CDs or sing a song from the show.  Singing a cappella is not recommended. Be prepared to dance with proper shoes and clothing.

Kids Company Advanced Musicals

30-second monologues are acceptable.  Bring a CD with backing tracks only--no vocals.  Do not bring sheet music or sing a song from the show.  Singing a cappella is not recommended.  Be prepared to dance with proper shoes and clothing. Newcomers are strongly encouraged to enroll in a class prior to auditioning for an advanced program. All other instructions remain the same.

Show Choir/Singing

Prepare and memorize 32 bars of a contemporary song.  Bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. Do not bring CDs.  Singing a cappella is not recommended.  Monologues are not required for Show Choir/Singing auditions. All other instructions remain the same.

Try for sheet music.  Also Google search for "Audition Musical Theatre Anthology" for music that is cut to 16-32 bars.
Try for backing tracks.

Pheasant Run Resort

All auditions, rehearsals, and performances take place at:

Pheasant Run Resort
4051 East Main Street (Route 64)
St. Charles, Illinois 60174

*Tuition and costume fees are non-refundable.  Payment plans available

What does my tuition pay for?

Our goal at FVR Performing Arts Academy is to provide professional level theatre to our audiences that everyone can be proud of! Our Youth Ensemble shows are produced at the same high level of quality as any of our other Main Stage productions.

What you get:

  • Music CDs with and without vocals
  • Script
  • Training by PROFESSIONAL Director, Music Director and Choreographer
  • 60+ Hours of Rehearsal
  • Minimum 5 Live Performances on the MAINSTAGE
    (additional performances may be schedule based on ticket sales)
  • 2 FREE Tickets to the Youth Ensemble Show
  • A Top-quality Learning Experience with Industry Professionals including Lighting and Sound Designers
  • Tons of Fun and New Friends

Tuition covers many things including:

  • Script Royalties
  • Music Royalties
  • Professional Director
  • Professional Musical Director
  • Professional Choreographer
  • Professional Stage Managers
  • Professional Stage Crew
  • Professional Sound and Lighting
    Designers and Engineers
  • Set Pieces
  • Props
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Cleaning Services
  • House Manager
  • Ushers
  • Printed Show Programs
  • Set Strike

Please note: Once registration is processed, no refunds will be issued for any reason unless the program is cancelled by FVR. All prices, dates and times subject to change.

Take a look at some video from recent Youth Ensemble productions


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