Auditions will be held Tuesday May 2 and Thursday May 4 (6:30pm-9pm). Audition appointments are recommended but walk-ins are also welcome. Callbacks are by invitation only on Tuesday May 9th and Wednesday May 10th (if needed) in the evening. Auditions and callbacks will be held at West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Road in Highland Park. If you are out of town and want to arrange a video audition, please contact us at HPPkinkyboots@gmail.com and sign up below and select waitlist for a virtual audition slot (below)
SHOW DATES & TIMES
- August 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 PM
- August 20, 26 and 27 at 2:00 PM
- Performances are at the brand new venue - McGrath Family Center for Performing Arts (3424 Illinois Rd, Wilmette, IL 60091)
- Appropriate for children ages 10 and above
- Rehearsals are most Sunday - Thursday evenings at locations in/near Highland Park and Wilmette starting June 11
- Tech week rehearsals are mandatory: August 12-17
WHAT TO PREPARE FOR YOUR AUDITION:
- Prepare 32 bars of a pop/rock song or show tune that demonstrates your range and vocal ability. Please bring piano sheet music in your key
- Singing from the show is permitted.
- You may be asked to read from the script.
All roles are available. We are looking for a diverse cast. Individuals of all ethnicities, gender identities, physical abilities, and body types are encouraged to audition.
20s-30s. Any ethnicity. He is privileged, but likable — his father owns the shoe factory. He is loveable but there is a temper right under the skin. Must have a great rock voice, the ability to move, and be a strong actor.
LOLA/ SIMON —
30s-40s. Black/African-American. A fiery diva presence with underlying soul and heart, she is ostentatious, over the top, and more real than most. Lola is both fabulous and vulnerable. Must have a killer voice with powerful blues and gospel chops. Strong comedic actor.
Stage age 8-13. This is our lead as a young boy. Lost, quiet, reflective. He performs in the opening and closing sequences.
YOUNG LOLA/ SIMON —
Stage age 8-13. This is LOLA as a young boy who already knows he's destined to wear high heels.
20s-30s. Any ethnicity. Charlie’s girlfriend since school. She is sophisticated, a social climber, driven, and uncompromising. She knows what she wants and goes for it. Must have a great pop voice.
20s-30s Any ethnicity. A charming, quirky working-class girl who works in the shoe factory. Funny and smart but has had bad luck with men. Terrific comedic actress.
30s-40s. Any ethnicity. Lola’s nemesis. Hyper-masculine bear of a factory worker. Has a menacing physicality. Least likely to be seen on a runway in kinky boots. Strong actor required
Any ethnicity. These are the drag performers from The Blue Angel Nightclub who perform with Lola. Actors with star quality and diverse personalities and looks. Must be versatile and terrific singers and dancers (required to dance in heels). This ain't a job for no wall-flowers.
30s. Any ethnicity. Officious office manager who will let loose her wild side when allowed.
40s-50s. Any ethnicity. Factory worker who has been there longer than any of the other women. A lot of life experience and a lot of responsibility–this shows in her face. Must have comedy chops.
40s-50s. Any ethnicity. Factory Manager, keeping up traditions. Reserved and tightly wound.
40s-50s. Any ethnicity. Charlie’s father and owner of the shoe factory. Will also appear in the ensemble.
20s-30s. Any ethnicity. A contemporary of Charlie’s, but his opposite. Harry is successful, self-aware, confident, and carefree. Will also appear in the ensemble.
20’s–50’s. Any ethnicity and gender-identity. The ensemble must be excellent pop/rock singers. They will portray roles such as Simon Sr., Richard Bailey, factory workers, pub patrons, etc. Factory workers should look like real, everyday people and be able to move well.
The Highland Park Players is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. As such, we encourage performers of all races and ethnicities, gender, identities, sexualities and abilities to audition.