Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical comes to life on your stage in Disney’s High School Musical JR. Now updated to the convenient binder version! Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends, and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. The show’s infectious, danceable songs are sure to engage performers and audiences alike.

It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes all find their cliques. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. The couple cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the "status quo," Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

Audition times:

October Thursday  17th 6:30-9:30

October Friday 18th 6:30-9:30

October Saturday 19th 9 am -11 am

Anticipated Rehearsal Schedule:

Thursday evenings 6-8 pm Nov 7th - March 19th (with breaks for Thanksgiving and December Holidays)


Saturday mornings 9:30-11: 30 am starting Jan 4th (certain Saturdays will be optional as we get closer to performance)

Location for Rehearsals: Julia S. Molloy Education Center- 8701 Menard Ave, Morton Grove, IL 60053

Tech and Performance Schedule

('Tech' is a series of nightly rehearsals with microphones, costumes, and props before the performances.)

Tech week begins March 23rd. All actors are called to arrive at 5:45 pm

March 26th Show 1 Actor Call 6 pm, Performance 7 pm

March 27th Show 2 Actor Call 6 pm, Performance 7 pm  

March 28th Show 3 Actor Call 2 pm, Performance 3 pm

March 29th Show 4 Actor Call 2 pm, Performance 3 pm

Location for Tech and Performances:

Skokie Park District Devonshire Playhouse-

4400 Greenwood St, Skokie, IL 60076

The Financial Commitment:

This north suburbs program is supported by fundraising and tuition. We must have a minimum of 20 participants/30 maximum in the program to support the total $18,000.00 cost of production

What does this look like?

  • Our program will have a minimum of 20 participants at $600.00 tuition each. We understand that seems like a large upfront cost; it actually breaks down to $7 an hour for a period of 6 months. Payment plans are available. $200.00 of this fee is required at registration. Contact lori@edgeoforion.com, with your preferred audition time, if you need to discuss payment options and set up a plan.

  • There are no additional costume fees. However, you may be required to provide your own shoes or a base layer for a costume.

  • There are additional fundraising requirements. As an ensemble, participants, staff and parents will need to ACTIVELY participate in fundraising with program ads, concerts and other such fundraisers. We are eagerly interested in any sponsorship from our community but desire this project to be self-sustaining on it’s own merit.

Please note that there is a small chance we will not reach our enrollment goals and be forced to postpone until next year. If this happens, monies will be returned.

The most compassionate audition ever!

We pride ourselves on our gentle approach to the audition. Think of it more as a “meet and greet” where we share with each other some of our favorite moments from the show. You will come and meet with our staff, share with us what you like about theatre and what you'd like to do in the production, sing a part of a song from the show (or even “Happy Birthday”!), and we may ask you to read a scene or two with us! Low pressure. Anyone who auditions is guaranteed in the show (provided you do not have conflicts with required rehearsal and performance dates).

Four easy steps:

  1. Watch the show! Here is a youtube version that another group did:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pufbtwRg1NA (ours will be different, but it will give you an idea!)

  2. Pick your favorite part from: https://www.mtishows.com/disneys-high-school-musical-jr

  3. Rehearse! Memorization is not required for auditions.

  4. Parent or legal guardian sits down with our staff and has a chat about their participants strategies for success. This is a required part of auditions. 

Parent/Legal Guardian Commitment:

Please be aware that parents or legal guardians are required to attend a flash talk monthly for what to expect for each stage of the process. Parent or legal guardians are required to walk in/out with the actor within appropriate time of rehearsal (15 minutes before, on time after).



You can register for your audition to be considered for a role or just as an ensemble member. All casting is done by E.D.G.E. of Orion staff.

Ensemble: Ages 10 - adult (30 slots available)

This is theatre for ALL. Invite friends, neighbors, classmates, and cousins of all abilities to join this amazing production!

Questions? Please email lori@edgeoforion.com