Paradox Theatre Works announces Auditions for “The Fantasticks” – the world's longest-running musical and the longest-running uninterrupted show of any kind in the United States, premiering at Off-Broadway’s Sullivan Street Playhouse in 1960.  The production closed on January 13, 2002, after 42 years and 17,162 performances.


Craig Gustafson is directing.  Music Director: Danny Kapidos.  Choreographer: Emily Brooks. 


Auditions will be held on June 26 & 27 at the Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, IL 60093. 


For a synopsis of the show, go here:

To hear samples of the music, go here:


In order to best utilize the time of actors auditioning for “The Fantasticks,” auditions are by appointment only.


To schedule an appointment, please email . State your name and which day you would like to audition. A headshot & resume is requested, but not required.  Details on what you need to sing and read will be given to you when your appointment is scheduled.


  1. Actors will be scheduled for June 26 or 27.

  2. Actors will be assigned a call time, either 1:00, 2:00 or 3:00 p.m. on Sunday or 7:00, 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. on Monday.

  3. Actors will be assigned to a group of six people.  Each group will spend 20 minutes in the singing audition, 20 minutes in the dance audition and 20 minutes in the reading audition.  

  4. Walk-ins will be seen only if there are any cancellations or open slots, so making an appointment is strongly encouraged.

  5. Those called back will be called by noon on Tuesday, June 28.  Actors who are not called back will be contacted by e-mail.  Callbacks will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28.


Performances of “The Fantasticks” are August 26 through September 4, 2022 in Matz Hall at The Community House, Winnetka.  Shows are Thursday 9/1 at 7:30 pm, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. 


Actors will be paid $25 per show and one $35 rehearsal stipend, for a total of $210 for the run.


Paradox Theatre Works follows the Chicago Theatre Standards.

Covid 19 Policy: All actors & crew must be fully vaccinated at time of hire. All rehearsals and auditions will be masked at all times. We intend mask-free performances, and we do follow current CDC & CDPH guidelines.

Paradox Theatre Works is committed to diversity, positivity, and inclusion. We encourage performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, ages, and performers with disabilities to audition.


“The Fantasticks” is presented by special arrangement with Musical Theatre International.



(Character ages listed are guidelines only.  If you’re not that type, but you want a part, convince us.)


The Narrator (El Gallo)

A rakish, handsome, sophisticated gallant and narrator of the show. He is warm, cordial, and inviting to the audience, but has his own darker moments. He aids the performers in orchestrating the story.

Gender: Man

Age: 30 to 50

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: Ab2


The Girl (Luisa)

A button-maker's young and pretty daughter, she is a romantic idealist who falls in love with Matt. She is naive, yet honest and tender.

Gender: Woman

Age: 15 to 25

Vocal range top: B5

Vocal range bottom: B3


The Boy (Matt)

An innocent, young man who is searching for love and adventure. A bright guy, but naive and even foolish at times, approaching situations with a false bravado.

Gender: Man

Age: 18 to 25

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: A2


The Boy's Father (Hucklebee)

A former boisterous navy man and meticulous gardener who fakes a fight with Bellomy in hopes of getting their children to fall in love.

Gender: Man

Age: 40 to 60

Vocal range top: F#4

Vocal range bottom: A2


The Girl's Father (Bellomy)

A fastidious button-maker and also a picky gardener who fakes a fight with Hucklebee in hopes of getting their children together.

Gender: Man

Age: 40 to 60

Vocal range top: F#4

Vocal range bottom: A2


The Actor (Henry)

An aging, over-the-top Thespian who specializes in reciting Shakespeare, he is a commedia clown; his world is the stage and he knows no other reality.

Gender: Man

Age: 50 to 70


The Man Who Dies (Mortimer)

Henry's goofy sidekick and another former actor who specializes in stage deaths. A commedia clown, his world is the stage and he does not live in reality.

Gender: Man

Age: 30 to 50


The Mute

A speechless presence who watches, acts as the wall, and deals with props; the "invisible" stage assistant. Should be able to easily assist in the story or fade into the background unnoticed.

Gender: Any

Age: 20 to 50