Saturday, December 7 starting at 9 a.m.

Auditions for Parkland Theatre-produced plays are generally held twice a year and are always open to all members of the community and to Parkland and U of I students. We encourage diversity.


Thank you to everyone who came out to audition this past weekend! 



Directed by J’Lyn Hope

Parkland Theatre's 29th annual student production is the 1998 Pulitzer Prize winner, “How I Learned to Drive”. This show explores the surprising, sometimes comedic, and devastating tale of survival seen through the eyes of a troubling relationship between a young girl and her uncle. Lil’ Bit’s story shows the strength it takes to steer through the chaos, no matter how challenging it may be, and how to drive through life in spite of the pain and damage encountered along the way.


February 6, 7, 8, 14, 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Audience, cast and crew talkback on Feb 6.

February 9, 16 at 3:00 p.m.

Parkland College Second Stage

Haylie Denzer as Lil' Bit

Thomas Fitch as Uncle Peck

Emma Dorantes as Mother

Ari Kelo as Aunt Mary 

TBA as Grandmother

Sean Kelly as Grandfather

Marcus Aviles as Waiter/School Boy/ Greek Chorus

Natalie Wise as School Girl/ Young Voice/ Greek Chorus

Parker Evans as Train Man/ The Voice



Directed by Abby Gailey
Musical Director, Justin Brauer
Choreographer, Lauren Ramshaw

Accused murderess Roxie Hart has convinced her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap, that is, until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie uses her charm and the ego of esteemed lawyer, Billy Flynn, to try and prove her “innocence.” Set in the roaring 1920’s, Chicago is the winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Get ready for jazz, prohibition, sequins, feathers, and a show full of songs you know and love!

Venue:  Harold & Jean Miner Theatre


April 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m. 

Audience, cast and crew talkback on April 9.

April 19 & 26 at 3:00 p.m.



Billy – Jake Fava

Amos – Sam Gegg

Roxie – Hannah Yonan

Velma – Kimmy Schofield

Mary – Jess Schlipf

Mamma – Haylie Denzer

Female Ensemble

Katie Odom

Zoe Dunn

Erin Kaufman

Rachel Gillett

Laura Alcantara

Whitney Havice

Kara Kinnamon

Natalie Deptula

Hannah Brauer

Autumn Ellis

Male Ensemble

Bradyn Wambach

James Castree

Excellence Onolundula

Parker Evans

Josiah Zielke



**To be considered for a Parkland College Theatre Production, you must agree to abide by the Parkland College Theatre Letter of Agreement.  Please read the agreement before coming to auditions.  You will be asked to sign your audition form, stating that you have read and understand the agreement.  If you have questions, please ask Production Assistant HeatherAnn Layman (, or Theatre Director Brian D. Morgan (