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A New Musical Based on the Warner Bros. Motion Picture
Screenplay by Nick Castle and James V. Hart
Story by Paul Castro and Nick Castle

NOTE: This production has two components.  A workshop in NYC and then the rehearsal and run of the production at Paramount Theatre.  Actors should be available for BOTH sets of dates. Only Paramount Theatre personnel will be present at this EPA. If any actors, ESPECIALLY CHILD ACTORS, are unavailable to come in for this EPA, they should submit to Trent Stork, Paramount Casting Director, at


  • NYC Workshop: Monday, January 21 – Friday, February 15, 2019
  • First Rehearsal at Paramount Theatre: Monday, March 25, 2019
  • First Public Performance at Paramount Theatre: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
  • Closing Performance at Paramount Theatre: Sunday, June 2, 2019


  • What: Equity Principal Auditions (EMC and Non-Equity actors are welcome and encouraged to attend)
  • When: Monday, August 27, 2018, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Lunch from 1:30-2:30
  • Where: Chicago Actors’ Equity Office, 557 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60661


Seeking strong actor/singer/musicians of all genders, ethnicities, ages and types.


Please bring ONE copy of your headshot/resume.

Actors may either 1) sing a self-accompanied song on their instrument of choice or 2) sing a short song and demonstrate proficiency on an instrument. (An accompanist will be provided for those choosing the second option.)


  • Directed by John Doyle
  • Choreographed by JoAnn Hunter
  • Music Directed by Greg Jarrett
  • Casting Director: Benton Whitley CSA of Stewart/Whitley
  • Casting Director for the Paramount Theatre: Trent Stork


NOTE: ALL CHARACTERS must play an instrument.

EVAN TAYLOR /AUGUST RUSH: 11-year-old boy. An orphan who runs away to New York to unravel the mystery of who he is and who his parents are. Musical prodigy. Savant-like ability to hear music wherever he is. Boy pop vocal range. Must sing well. MUST PLAY GUITAR WELL AND IDEALLY BASIC PIANO.

LYLA NOVACEK: Early/mid-twenties woman, all ethnicities. Professional cellist. Beautiful. Long-lost mother to Evan Taylor. Longing for more independence from the strict lifestyle her father has planned for her, she sometimes exhibits a bold and determined demeanor. Pop rock soprano. Must sing well. MUST PLAY CELLO.

THOMAS NOVACEK/WIZARD: Sixties man, all ethnicities. Lyla’s strict father and a man of undying principal – often to a fault. While at times harsh towards Lyla, he ultimately loves and cares for her deeply. Sings. SAME ACTOR TO ALSO PLAY WIZARD, the villain. Leader of a mystical-musical cult of buskers called “The Collective,” offering a home and spiritual inspiration to his followers. A supernatural, glam-rock, confidence man. Charming, alluring and dangerous. MUST SING WELL. Must play a musical instrument.

LEWIS CHAPMAN: Early/mid-twenties man, African-American or mixed-race. Free-spirited. Indie rock singer with rock-star charisma. Handsome/sexy. Falls in love with Lyla Novacek and is the long-lost father to Evan Taylor. MUST PLAY GUITAR WELL. MUST HAVE WIDE RANGE TERRIFIC POP/ROCK VOICE. (Lenny Kravitz vibe and vocal quality)

RICHARD JEFFERIES: Thirties-forties man, all ethnicities. Social worker. Well-meaning, but highly disorganized and overwhelmed. Empathetic. Must sing well and have strong comedic skills. Must play a musical instrument.

ARTHUR X: To play a 15-19-year-old boy, reads as a teenager, actor of color. WIZARD’s recruiter and right-hand man. He’s a charmer, with a knack for luring potential followers for WIZARD’s cult. Street smart. Must sing well. MUST PLAY ELECTRIC GUITAR VERY WELL.

MS. GORDON: Forties-fifties woman. Music teacher at Julliard. Must have strong comedic skills. Must play a musical instrument.

HOPE: African-American or person of color to play 8-14. Must sing well. IDEALLY PLAY BASIC PIANO.

MALE ENSEMBLE: All adult ages and ethnicities to play various roles and instruments. Instruments include guitar, ukulele, horn, percussion, xylophone, cello, trumpet and harmonica. Must sing well.

FEMALE ENSEMBLE: All adult ages and ethnicities to play various roles and instruments. Instruments include guitar, ukulele, horn, percussion, xylophone, cello, trumpet and harmonica. Must sing well.

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The Aurora Civic Center Authority is committed to being a defining catalyst for personal and community transformation by: making the performing arts accessible for every age and socio-economic background, introducing the magic of live theatre across generations to encourage expansive imaginations and broad views of people and the world, and contributing to the future stability and growth of Aurora’s downtown.

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