CAA is excited to produce our next adult play, IT'S HELL OUT THERE


IT’S HELL OUT THERE…..a brand new comedy written exclusively for online performance reflects on all the fear, despair, and anxiety we've all faced this last year, but, you know, in a fun way. It's the end of the year 2020. The rapture occurred just a few weeks ago, and those who were left behind must struggle with their Chicago home merging with hell. 

CHARACTERS 5 m, 6 f, 1 any gender 

Charlie Barker: Male, 30s. A second-year med student who is frustrated with the handling of the pandemic and apocalypse. 

Stacy Felcher: Female, 30s. Charlie’s ex. Pretty damn sarcastic.

Olivia Klein: Female, 30s. Easily flustered with a heart of gold. Stacy’s best friend. 

Mona Huff, LCSW: Female, 50s. Charlie’s therapist. Has a compulsive need to diagnose everyone and everything. 

Andrew Kinsley: Male, 30s. Charlie’s ex-best friend and Stacy’s current boyfriend. A trust-fund baby. 

Alexis Lawrence: Female, 60s. A self-absorbed socialite. 

Mr. Robinson: Male, 70s. Alexis’s downstairs neighbor who struggles with a back injury and PTSD. 

Lisa Collins: Female. A WGN anchor. 

Mephistopheles: Male, ageless. Crossroads demon of German folklore and Lisa’s co-anchor. 

Gabbi Huff: Female, 9. Mona’s precocious daughter.    

Francis Draper: Any gender. A meteorologist being eaten alive by demons. 

Dick: Male. The undead revenant of Dick Clark.

The production will rehearse over Zoom weeknights and some weekends with a virtual performance, tentatively set for Saturday, December 5. Please send an audition video of a short contemporary monologue to with It’s Hell Out There in the subject line no later than October 29th. Earlier is better!   If a callback is needed, we’ll send sides from the script with your callback notice. Please record and return to,


The CAA Teen Theatre company was formed for middle and high school students.   The CAA Children's Theatre Company was formed for elementary and middle school students. We focus on producing  2 musical and 3 non-musical plays yearly for young actors. Each play involves a casting process, where students learn to highlight their talents and hone their audition skills. Under the direction of a CAA director, students interested in the backstage aspects of theatre can concentrate on stage management, props, costumes, makeup, set design, lighting and sound. 











   Private lessons. Ages 6 and up. 

   Natalie Arneson has been teaching voice to young people for many years. Her students have gone on to multiple performing arts schools, including
   LaGuardia high school. Natalie has a gentle approach that ensures the health and safety of developing voices while challenging them to strengthen
   the tools they already possess. Whether your child is a complete beginner or an experienced performer, Natalie will help them gain confidence in a
   supportive environment. Private 1/2 hour lesson $55.  45 minute lesson $75.  Contact us for more information or to sign up.


Musical Theatre --Songs (Grades 2-3, Grade 4-6 and Grades 7 and up), returns 2021 - In this class, students will learn ensemble numbers from both classic and contemporary musicals. While the focus will be on group singing,  students will have opportunities for featured solos. 

Musical Theatre - Dance (Grades 2-3, Grade 4-6 and Grades 7 and up)   returns 2021  In this class, students will learn ensemble dance numbers from both classic and contemporary musicals.