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Magical Starlight Theatre

Magical Starlight Theatre announces auditions for principal roles
in a special holiday musical production on December 11 & 12, 2021:

 “A Shoppers’ Christmas Carol”

A timeless retelling of one man’s journey of reflection and rebirth.

Written by Charles Dickens / adapted by Paul Mapes

The production will be performed outside at the Naperville Riverwalk Amphitheatre in Downtown Naperville


The cast of this production will consist of youth (at least 4th grade or above) and adults.

Ensemble Role - No Audition Required

If interested in an ensemble role, please register through the Naperville Park District website using this link:
No audition is required for these roles. Actors are required to provide one period costume or pay a $50 costume rental fee.

Principal or Featured Role - Auditions Required

If interested in a principal or featured vocal role, please register through the Naperville Park District website using this link:
Audition slots are available Friday November 5 from 6:00-8:00 pm and Saturday, November 6 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
The deadline to register online for an audition slot is Tuesday, November 2 at 3:00 pm.

  • Once registered for the audition slot, we will send prospective actors a piece of music from the show to learn. It will not need to be memorized, just familiarized and prepared.
  • During the audition, prospective actors will sing the prepared piece as well as participate in readings from the script.
  • The script follows the original piece of literature, so it can be used as a reference for audition preparation.
  • Once selected for a role, actors will need to register again as a participant through the Naperville Park District website; at that time, actors will be required to provide one period costume or pay a $50 costume rental fee.
  • Although all actors are not called for every rehearsal until Tech Week, the rehearsal schedule is as follows:

November 8-11 from 7:00-9:00 pm – *ARRCC
November 15-18 from 7:00-9:00 pm - *ARRCC
November 29-December 2 from 7:00-9:00 - *ARRCC
December 6-10 – Tech Week (All Called)
December 11 & December 12 – Performances at 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm

* Rehearsals will take place at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center located at 305 W. Jackson Avenue.

  • Characters Include:

    • Scrooge
    • Narrator #1
    • Nephew Fred
    • Bob Crachit
    • Philanthropist
    • Young Carolers
    • Jacob Marley
    • Ghost of Christmas Past
    • Young Scrooge
    • Young Fan Scrooge
    • Fezziwig
    • Dick, employee of Fezziwig
    • Mrs. Fezziwig
    • Ghost of Christmas Present
    • Mrs. Crachit
    • Peter Crachit
    • Martha Crachit
    • Tiny Tim Crachit
    • Alice, Nephew Fred’s wife
    • Ignorance
    • Want
    • Joe
    • Mrs. Dilber
    • Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come



Looking ahead to the upcoming winter season, the Naperville Park District has decided not to offer a Magical Starlight Theatre production in January 2022. Although COVID restrictions in Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan allow more freedom for the performing arts, uncertainty still remains regarding the availability of auditorium space in the Naperville school districts.

“We plan to reassess the Magical Starlight Theatre program in 2022,” said Program Manager Brittany Malatt. “We greatly appreciate the community’s continued interest in and support of our theater program!”


Magical Starlight Theatre was formed in September 1994 and is a program of The Naperville Park District. Magical Starlight’s express mission is to produce quality, family-oriented theatrical presentations. Magical Starlight strives to include community actors and production staff of all ages in its productions. Included have been such classics as The Wizard of Oz, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Peter Pan. Magical Starlight provides a unique opportunity for adults and young people to work together as peers and learn from one another. In addition, a conscious effort is made to include as many family members as possible in all aspects of each production.

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Past Performances

Shrek 2014
Peter Pan 2015
Mary Poppins 2016
Seussical 2017


The Little Mermaid 2018
Tarzan 2019
The Wizard of Oz 2020 

Frequently Asked Performance Questions

Online Registration Video Tutorial








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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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