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Open auditions for summer musical begin March 9

WESTMONT – The Progressive Village Performance Network will soon hold an open casting call March 9-13 for its upcoming summer show, "13: The Musical."

Auditions will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 9, and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 10-13 at the Westmont Community Center, 75 E Richmond St. The musical will be performed on the weekends of June 20-22, and June 27-29 at Westmont High School.

Directors Emily Bandza and Robert Plowman are seeking boys and girls, ages 11-15, to assume roles in the high energy, rock musical comedy. No experience is required to audition, according to a Progressive Village Performance Network press release.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script, a singing sample and a small dance number. The directors ask that performers wear comfortable clothing to the audition, and be prepared to stay for an extended amount of time, according to the release.

“13: The Musical” is written by Dan Elish and Robert Horn with songs and lyrics written by Jason Robert Brown.

This musical comedy tells the story of Evan Goldman, a boy from Manhattan, who moves to Appleton, Ind., on the eve of his bar mitzvah following his parents divorce. Goldman tries to fit in with the popular crowd, but soon realizes social acceptance is not as easy as he once thought.

To pre-register for auditions or for more information on the show, go to or call 630-963-5252.

In an association with the Westmont Park District, the Progressive Village Performance Network is an organization whose mission is to inspire, nurture, challenge, amaze, educate and empower artists and audiences in order to artistically enhance the village through diverse access and a variety of participation opportunities.

The organization is an association of amateur artists, whose intent is to support all aspects of the performing arts, such as dance, music, poetry and theatrical arts.

The Westmont Park District will also host workshops and classes on acting throughout the year. For more information on the park district, go to

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