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The Troupe


The Troupe is a highly competitive, audition-only group that is led by Performer/L.C.S.W. Lisa Sobelman. The group was founded in 2017 by Maggie Portman for fourth and fifth grade students. This group meets on Thursdays from 4 to 6 PM and on Saturdays from 12 to 2. The students perform two musicals per year, one in December and one in May. Each student will be provided with a costume, a microphone, wonderful sound, lights, props and costumes and a beautiful set. The students will learn how to work collaboratively; and in class they will learn character development, choreography and how to work and connect with their peers. This is a wonderful precursor to The Ensemble.

Grades:  3rd, 4th & 5th


Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm 

Saturdays from 12pm to 2pm

Highwood Rec Center



The Skokie Theatre,

December and May


A $700 fee is due upon casting to hold your spot in the Troupe. This fee is separate from tuition and is non-refundable. 


Semester 1 Tuition : $1550 is due AUGUST 15, 2024

Semester 2 Tuition : $1550 is due DECEMBER 1, 2024 

  • Opening pizza party at HW REC in August.

  • Troupe Tuition is non-refundable. 

  • Special circumstances will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

  • No switching shows, you must be available for all the performances and all of the tech rehearsals. There are no exceptions, except if you have your OWN BAR/bat mitzvah (or a sibling) during the performances. If this is the case, let us know asap. Also realize that if you are  planning to miss performances, this will affect the casting process.

Basic Information:


  • Troupe rehearsals start in late August and run through May. 

  • We hire professional choreographers to choreograph our shows.

  • Included in your tuition are two t-shirts, one for each production

  • Everybody must re-audition each year. The purpose: to re-engage and show the student's growth and commitment.  

  • Shows are announced after our group has been chosen. The December show is announced in August, the May show is announced in December.


  • Auditions for Troupe are typically in May or June for the coming school year.

  • There will be a live accompanist for our auditions

  • Please prepare a  32 bar cut of a musical theatre song. 

  • Bring sheet music in your key, properly mark it, and put it in a binder. No full songs. Do not sing A cappella.

  • Bring a picture and resume to your audition with your contact info, age and grade in school.  The picture does not have to be professionally done. 

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your audition.

  • You will be contacted by email if you are selected.  



May 30, 2024

4:00 - 6:00 pm

June 1, 2024

12:00 - 2:00 pm





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