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Audition to be a Kid!

A summer with the Kids From Wisconsin is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences an aspiring young performer can have. Many alumni have gone on to successful careers in performance, music education and many other fields of endeavor.

Location

Our home base during the summer is the Wisconsin Lutheran College dormitories.  Our office is in the Wisconsin State Fair Park Youth Center.

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Supervisory Staff

A highly professional and experienced staff of instructors provides the training necessary to prepare members for a summer of performing. Our choreographers, choral director, band conductor, musical arrangers and technical director all help educate performers in highly specialized routines, professional arrangements and exciting stage presentation.

Performers

The troupe is composed of 36 student performers (22 dancer/vocalists and a 14-piece show band)

Qualified males and females, between the ages of 15 and 20, regardless of race, color, or national origin are eligible to apply.

 

Candidates will be required to demonstrate artistic talent, stage personality and choreography (singer/dancers) at the time of their live audition. 

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Application & Requirements

Selection for the limited number of positions will be on a competitive basis. Applicants must submit an official online application with the form below. Letters of recommendation and a headshot should accompany the online application. Application must be received no later than three weeks before auditions.

Vocalists/Dancers

Openings exist for all voice parts, soprano, alto, tenor and bass/baritone.

All auditioning vocalists/dancers should be prepared to sing one contemporary song (3 minutes or less) – pop, Broadway, vocal jazz, etc. Sheet music for accompanists must be provided at time of the audition. Singer/dancers should also be prepared for a dance audition (time to change into dance shoes and clothes will be allotted)

Instrumentalists

Openings exist for the following instrumental chairs:

  • trombone (tenor and Bass) 

  • trumpets

  • woodwinds (tenor and alto sax with possible clarinet and flute doubles) 

  • keyboard/piano (with synthesizer knowledge important)

  • electric bass 

  • guitar 

  • drum set & auxiliary percussion

Audition candidates should be prepared to perform two contrasting pieces (jazz, popular or classical) and sight read. Guitar and keyboard should demonstrate chord knowledge. All instrumentalists, including rhythm section players, will need to provide their own instruments and equipment for live auditions.

 

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Period of Commitment

Principals and Understudies will report to a rehearsal training camp in May and then for show camp rehearsal starting on June 10th.  Dates for both camps will be posted on the audition website.  Immediately following the training period, Principals must be available for scheduled performances throughout the summer, ending August 21st.  The tour schedule is available online and should be complete by January 15th.

Camp & Touring

Accepted Principals and Understudies will be charged a $375 Camp Fee. While at the training camp, members will receive room and board free of charge. All members and understudies are required to attend camp in its entirety. Special arrangements for graduations, college orientations and other required school activities must be approved by the Producer and staff prior to the beginning of camp.

Travel will be by chartered bus beginning and terminating at Wisconsin Lutheran College, unless otherwise permitted or directed by KIDS staff. Additional housing will be furnished on tour, as are most meals. Members may be required to pay for occasional meals. Schedules and details on housing and meals will be furnished as early as possible following booking confirmations.

 

A weekly per-diem is also provided to principal performers of $320/week, starting with the first week of tour.  A $1500.00 scholarship is available for any troupe member who completes a successful tour.

Uniforms & Equipment

Members will be provided with necessary costumes to be worn during performances and tour wardrobe for travel, as well as heavy-duty clothing bags for transporting costumes. Members may be required to purchase or supply additional wardrobe for travel and performance as directed. Additional wardrobe information will be provided before the start of camp. All instrumentalists will be expected to furnish their own instruments and to keep them in proper playing condition at all times.

Expectations & Policies

Rules and policies will be made in the best interest of the member, the organization and over-all program. Each member is an official goodwill ambassador of the State of Wisconsin, and because of this unique distinction a great measure of self-discipline must be exercised at all times on and off stage. Infraction of any rules, regulations, policies or standards set forth by the KFW organization will result in consequences, including but not limited to loss of privileges, reprimand and possible dismissal.

Medical-Health Certificate

Members will be required to furnish a Medical/Health certificate signed by a licensed physician that he or she is able to take part in strenuous stage and dance routines and rigorous and frequent bus travel. Certificates must be submitted to the KFW office prior to the camp reporting date.

SENDING IN A VIDEO AUDITION?

Please follow the instructions in the attached

 

 

Once you are ready to submit please submit video audition here:

Audition Locations:
 

February 25 - Green Bay East High School - 3pm to 7pm
February 26 - UW Eau Claire - 9am to 2pm
February 27 - Milwaukee Ballet - 9am to 5pm
March 4 - La Crosse Viterbo University Fine Arts Center - 3pm to 7pm
March 5 - Madison Overture Center for the Arts - 9am to 5pm
March 6 - Milwaukee Ballet - 9am to 5pm