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Magical Starlight Theatre Announces Auditions for “A Shopper’s Christmas Carol”

Magical Starlight Theatre is planning a special outdoor holiday performance of “A Shopper’s Christmas Carol” at the Naperville Riverwalk Amphitheatre on December 11 and 12, 2021. The script follows the Charles Dickens story, “A Christmas Carol,” with adaptations by Paul Mapes, a local writer.

Auditions for principal roles or featured vocals will be held on Friday, November 5 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, November 6 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center (ARRCC), located at 305 W. Jackson Avenue. - Click here to register to audition

The cast will include adults and youth who are in 4th grade or older. Those interested only in a role in the ensemble do not need to audition, but must register by clicking here. Those who wish to audition for a principal role or featured vocal must register for an audition by clicking here by Tuesday, November 2.  Rehearsals will take place at the ARRCC from November 8-December 10.

“We are so excited to be spreading holiday cheer to the community with this enduring story of transformation and the power of kindness and charity,” said Kris Visher, director. “To have the opportunity to share this classic Dickens tale through drama and music is truly a privilege.”

As announced this past summer, 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.

Magical Starlight Theatre is a program of the Naperville Park District, providing family-oriented community theater since 1994.


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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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