by Eric Price
Adapted from the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Mr. Ryan Dunn with Musical Direction by Ms. Amy Branahl, Pit Orchestra Direction by Mr. Nic Meyer and Choreography by Ms. Katie Kritek and Ms. Lucy Riner
This "safe on stage" edition will be produced in conjunction with Broadway Licensing specifically adapted to be performed remotely. Participation is encouraged for all students regardless of their ability to be in person. In some areas and when appropriate, we may experiment with hybrid participation.
WHAT IS THE SHOW ABOUT?
Emma, a senior at Highbury Prep, is certain she knows what's best for her classmates' love lives, and is determined to find the perfect boyfriend for shy sophomore Harriet by the end of the school year. But will Emma's relentless matchmaking get in the way of finding her own happiness? Based on Jane Austen's classic novel, this sparkling new musical features the hit songs of legendary girl groups and iconic female singers from The Supremes to Katy Perry. Girl power has never sounded so good! (Taken from
CALLBACKS FOR THE FROSH-SOPH MUSICAL "Emma!"
These callbacks will take place on Mr. Dunn's zoom
on Wednesday September 30th from 4:00 - 5:00 pm. During this time you will learn a dance from Ms. Kritek and Ms. Riner. After the session you will have a short time to record a video of yourself performing the combo and submitting it back to us. Please submit your callback video
Very Important Note
This callback does NOT correlate to casting. Getting a callback below does mean you are cast, and not getting a callback below does not mean you aren't. Because of the nature of auditions this year we are only calling back students that we want to see more of.
In the interest of full transparency, based on the numbers we are only going to be able to cast about half of the students that auditioned this year. This process has been incredibly difficult for me as I wish I could cast more, it just isn't feasible. Of the students being called back, we only anticipate being able to cast about half of that group. I tell you this NOT to add stress and anxiety to your lives, but because I feel an obligation to manage expectations as best I can. As always, if you have any questions about this process please reach out to me at
If your name is below you are being called back and we ask to see you on Zoom at the callback time. Listed alphabetically by last name:
WHAT IS THE REHEARSAL SCHEDULE?
Between Wednesday October 7 and December 5, rehearsals will be Mon-Fri 3:30 - 6pm and Sat 9-4pm. On Tuesday, November 3, we may rehearse from 9-4pm. No rehearsals on October 12, November 11 & 12. The target date for the digital release is December 7. December 10 is the last day of student participation for the cast. There will be an important Parent Informational Meeting at 9:00am on Saturday, October 24
WHEN DOES THE CAST LIST GO UP?
The Cast List or an update will be emailed by Sunday, October 4 at 5:00pm.
All performers are required to fulfill the Crew Apprenticeship Program within one year after being cast in their first production. Please see the NTHS Student Guidebook or Performing Arts website for more information.
WHAT IF I'M NOT CAST IN EITHER THE FRESHMAN-SOPHOMORE MUSICAL BUT I STILL WANT TO BE INVOLVED?
is a great way to get involved with the productions. All crews are open to anyone interested, and they are a LOT of fun - no prior experience is necessary. Please visit
for additional performing arts opportunities
The stage crew is responsible for constructing, designing, and running the show. Students who sign up must attend the crew kick-off meetings on Monday, October 13th. Details for zoom or meeting location to come.
Any interested students should contact Mr. Meyer at
. Students not enrolled in the New Trier instrumental ensembles can still be involved in the pit band.
WHAT IF I'M INTERESTED IN BEING A REHEARSAL ASSISTANT?
Applications were due Sunday, September 20th.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR THE AUDITIONS?
Make sure your hair is out of your face. Wear clothes that you can move in and make you look and feel good. Avoid jeans, sneakers, flip-flops, or any shoe that makes it difficult for you to move. Do not wear costumes.
If you have any questions about Freshman-Sophomore Musical Workshop, please contact the director Ryan Dunn at 847-784-6739 or