Director: Tyler McMahon

Co-Assistant Directors: Marsha Hill & Michele Barbee

Vocal Director: Barbi Brewer-Watson

Co-Choreographers: Thomas Erhardt & Andie Langford

By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Willson's six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.

The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall.


All those cast in The Music Man are required to become a KVTA member at some level (minimum $25) by a certain date during the rehearsal process. One parent being a member of KVTA does cover the membership requirement for all family members. Memberships previously paid during the 2019-2020 season will also fulfill this requirement.

All those cast in KVTA/YPT's production of Disney's Mary Poppins JR. will not be able to audition for The Music Man due scheduling conflicts.

All auditioners for The Music Man must be 6 years of age by the first performance date (April 25, 2020). Proof of age may be requested.

We are very excited to begin the journey in bringing this Golden Age Broadway musical back to Kankakee!

This is a very large cast of all ages. We are looking to cast 25 Adults, 12-14 Teens, and 12-14 Children.



1 Stuart Dr.

Kankakee, IL 60901



Monday, February 10

Tuesday, February 11

SIGN UP for your audition time slot online at:


Please print and fill out the audition form and conflict calendar before you arrive for your audition. 

Both forms can be found by clicking HERE.

If you cannot print this file ahead of time please arrive early to fully complete the forms before your audition time slot begins.


6:00-7:30 pm is for Children ages 6-12.

(7:00-7:30 pm will be opened when other time fills up.)

10 Children per time slot.
All children will sing this selection of
76 Trombones.
All children will sing then learn a small dance sequence at auditions.



7:30-10:00 pm is for ages 13 and older.

(9:30-10:00 pm will be opened when other time slots fill up.)
10 auditioners per time slot.
Please bring your own song to sing (NOT FROM THE SHOW). Additional details provided below.

Bring your music, in the key you want, with you to your audition.
24-32 Bars of a song from the Golden Age of Broadway i.e. Rodgers & Hammerstein, Rodgers & Hart, Gershwin’s, Irving Berlin, etc.

You can find lots of songs here:

An excellent Pianist will be provided for auditions and callbacks.

No a cappella singing will be permitted.

Warm yourself up before we begin.

After singing, ALL Teens and Adults will learn a dance routine at auditions.

Follow the link below to read the character descriptions to help you prepare for your audition.



Thursday, February 13 beginning at 6 pm.

  • For anyone new to the audition process, callbacks are only for select auditioners that the show staff members (i.e. Director, Assistant Director, Vocal Director, and Choreographer) would like to see again. We will post a callback list after all auditions have been completed. The time of the posting for the callback list will be dependent upon how late we audition. Your patience is greatly appreciated!

  • If for any reason you cannot make this callback date, PLEASE email the Director before your audition, or tell the board member working the check-in table at auditions.

  • If you are called back, it is highly encouraged that you make every effort to attend the callbacks.

  • More information regarding callbacks will be provided after all auditions have been completed.


The callback list will be posted on the KVTA website at and on the KVTA Facebook page at after all auditions have been completed.


The cast list will be posted on the KVTA website at and on the KVTA Facebook page at after all callbacks have been completed.


LOCATION: Lincoln Cultural Center, 240 Warren Ave., Kankakee, IL 60901


  • Saturdays, April 25 & May 2 at 7:00 PM

  • Sundays, April 26 & May 3 at 2:00 PM

  • Tech Week – April 20-24 (Attending rehearsals is mandatory for all tech days.)

For those cast in the show, our CAST READ THRU and PARENT MEETING will be held on Monday, February 17 at 6 pm.


Further questions regarding auditions, callbacks, or casting may be emailed to the Director, Tyler McMahon, at: 
Please include "The Music Man Auditions" in the subject line.

We hope to see a lot of people at auditions!


Thank you,


The Music Man 2020 Staff

© 2019 by Kankakee Valley Theatre Association   KVTA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation


Phone: 815-935-8510

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