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 CAPA Program


The Rockford Public School District #205 (RPS) offers a comprehensive K-12th grade arts education that is based on the Illinois Learning Standards.  For those students in grades 6-12 needing more in-depth arts experiences, RPS provides the Creative and Performing Arts Program (CAPA).  The CAPA program is offered at two sites, one for middle school students and the second for high school students.  CAPA gives each student a unique real-life experience in one or more of the fine arts disciplines: Dance, Instrumental Music, Theatre- Tech and Media Arts, Vocal Music, and Visual Arts.  Acceptance into the program is by audition.     
If you need additional information, please contact Lu Ann Widergren, Director of Fine Arts/CAPA at 815-720-4856 or by email
Auditions for each upcoming school year generally occurs in February- April prior to that school year.  Examples of audition brochures and recommendation letters are below in both English and Spanish.   Students auditioning need to bring to auditions: a completed brochure and one teacher recommendation as described on the brochure link.  Print the files, complete, and bring to auditions.  Brochures will be available to all Rockford Public School students in grades 5-8, with copies available in school offices, including High Schools. 
For the Theater auditions, middle school students will need to prepare and memorize a monologue from the MS file linked on the left menu bar.  High school students prepare (memorize) a play, poem or prose selection of approximately two minutes in length, or may choose one of the monologues from the HS file linked on the left menu bar.  For any additional audition information, check the brochure link on the left menu bar.   

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