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Something BIG is coming! from the Desk of the Executive Director

Kaneland Arts Initiative is so excited to announce the 6th annual summer theatre production, BIG the musical!

Directed by Doug Orlyk, the classic 1987 motion picture fantasy bursts onto the stage an an unforgettable theatrical experience. Featuring a witty, moving, and insightful book and a dazzling, energetic, heartfelt, contemporary score about a frustrated adolescent who magically becomes an adult, Big is a perfect show for audiences of all ages!
Josh Baskin is sick of being an awkward kid. At a carnival, he makes a wish to the Zoltar machine to become “big”. To his shock, his wish is granted. After an understandably awkward beginning, Josh is forced to do “adult” things like getting a job and a girlfriend. In the end he discovers there’s much more to being an adult than he’s bargained for, and learns we must all grow up at our own pace, in our own time.

Auditions for BIG are open for Kindergarten (in the Fall 2015) through adult. 

  • Saturday, May 30th – Auditions for Kindergarten through 8th Grade (Fall 2015)
    • 1 hour slots beginning at 11am
    • Email Doug at dovajorth@gmail.com to reserve your audition time.
  • Monday, June 1st – Auditions for 9th grade (Fall 2015) through adult
    • 1 hour slots beginning at 7pm
    • Email Doug at dovajorth@gmail.com to reserve your audition time

There are three parts to the audition:

  • Singing – an accompanist is provided. Please bring sheet music in your appropriate key.
  • Reading – no materials are needed
  • Movement – wear comfortable clothes (no flip flops, please)

For the first half hour, half of the group (so up to 10) will be in the auditorium, on the stage, learning some movement.  The choreographer and one of the producers will watch and keep notes on each individual’s dancing strengths/weaknesses.  The other half of the group will be in the black box with Doug and the other producer.  All auditionees will sing first, followed by being put into pairs or small groups for reading sides.  At the half hour mark, the two groups trade places and complete their audition.
KAI is thrilled to have Doug Orlyk as the director of the KAI’s summer theatre production, BIG!

Douglas Orlyk grew up in the suburbs of Chicago.  He has been a teacher for 20 years, having taught music as well as technology.  His theatrical background includes dozens of shows, mostly with Wheaton Drama and Village Theatre Guild of Glen Ellyn.  KAI audiences might have seen him in “The Laramie Project” or “The Diary of Anne Frank,” our last two winter shows.  Some of the shows Doug has directed or musical directed are “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “Company,” “Jerry’s Girls,” “And the World Goes Round,” “Follies,” “A Chorus Line,” “Annie,” “Honk Jr” and “A Little Night Music.”  Doug is an accomplished pianist and singer/songwriter as well.  He currently lives is Elgin but is preparing to move to West Chicago.

All auditions, rehearsals, and performances take place at

Kaneland High School, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park, IL 60151.

Performances of BIG THE MUSICAL are July 10 – 12 and 17 – 19, 2015!  Tickets on sale on May 15th!!

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