Theatre Arts Academy

The Byron Park District is pleased to announce the start of our very first musical theatre program. The Byron Park District is excited to offer additional performing arts opportunities for Byron and the surrounding communities. The Theatre Arts Academy's very first show will be The Wizard of Oz.

  • Join us as we follow the yellow brick road to Oz! Rehearsals for this musical classic will begin the first week of August and will run through October. Cast members will be rehearsing 2-3 days per week. Once our 2021-2022 recital dance season kicks off in September, the schedule will accommodate musical cast and allow dancers to do both until the musical is finished.

    Ages: 7-18 years old

    Auditions: July 23 & 24 at the Byron Middle School Theatre

    *Fees: $110/$125
    *There are no charges associated with auditions. Once cast assignments are made, fees will be applied to all accounts.

    Tech Week: October 11-15

    Performance Dates: Saturday, October 16 @ 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm
    Sunday, October 17 @ 2:00 pm

    Location: Byron Middle School Theatre

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    Director Sophie Hernandez

    Sophie has had a passion for dance and music for 19 years. She began her theatre career in high school and found a new love that combined her favorite things. She has been lucky to play many roles in the performing arts arena on and offstage. A few of her credits include; Wendy(2018), Mabel in the Pirates of Penzance, Shark girl in West Side Story (2019) and Kathy Seldon in Singing in the Rain(2017). She has also choreographed multiple shows across the Stateline area. Sophie has completed acting, music and dance courses at Illinois State University while also creating costumes and painting sets for the shows featured at the university. She is currently studying to attain her BA in elementary education. Sophie is excited to create and ignite the same passion for theatre in all of her students!