Music by Alissa Rhode / Lyrics by Peggy Peterson Ryan / Book by Susan Peterson Holmes


An original musical about Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for
the presidency of the United States. Just in time for election season!


Dates: Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 PM (preview)

Friday, October 28 at 7:30 PM (opening night)

Saturday, October 29 at 4 PM and 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 30 at 2 PM


Tickets: $28 General Admission / $18 Student, Artist / $16 Preview

Order online at http://victoryforvictoria.bpt.me/ or by calling 1-800-838-3006

Location:  Wauwatosa Woman’s Club, 1626 Wauwatosa Avenue, Wauwatosa WI 53213

Stage Direction: Jill Anna Ponasik Music Direction: Brian Myers


Allie Babich as Victoria Claflin Woodhull
Katy Johnson as Tennessee (Tennie) Claflin

Joel Kopischke as Reuben (Buck) Claflin

Nathan Wesselowski as Dr Canning (Doc) Woodhull

Samantha Sostarich as Josie Mansfield

Adam Estes as Col. James Blood

Bryce Lord as Cornelius Vanderbilt and the Rev Henry Ward Beecher

Diane Lane as Susan B. Anthony

Cecilia Davis as Isabella Beecher Hooker

Rick Pendzich as Anthony Comstock


For more information: http://www.milwaukeeoperatheatre.org


Contact:            Jill Anna Ponasik

Artistic Director, Milwaukee Opera Theatre





Based on the life of Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927), Victory for Victoria traces life of this pioneering feminist from obscurity to prosperity. Guided by spirit visions, she overcomes childhood poverty and an abusive early marriage, becoming the first female stockbroker on Wall Street, the first woman to address Congress, and the first woman to run for President. She galvanizes the woman suffrage movement with her bold advocacy of women’s political, economic, and sexual equality, but her career crashes after she exposes the adultery of America’s beloved clergyman Henry Ward Beecher.  A multifarious and fascinating character study, Victory for Victoria examines Woodhull’s life and legacy in all its complexity.





We are very excited to announce auditions for DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at Lake Country Playhouse! Please note that actors for this version must be high school graduates or equivalent/18+. Those still in high school (including 18-year-olds still in high school), please contact Director Katie Behrend at katieebehrend@gmail.com for information regarding auditions for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Jr.” or sign up here:www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C054BADAE23A1F85-auditions

Adult Cast Auditions Sign Up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054aaaa92ea4fc1-auditions

For the adult cast auditions, please sign up for one of the initial audition slots via the provided link. For auditions, please bring and prepare:

1 headshot and acting resume
1 contemporary comedy or farcical monologue (not to exceed 90 seconds).
16-32 bars of a musical theatre song in the style of the show. A piano accompanist will be provided.
Please also arrive about 10min before your audition time to complete a short form.
It is possible you may be asked to do additional singing or cold reading from the script. Additional singing or cold reading will not determine callback attendance.
Auditions may be done in General American Dialect (your everyday voice), however, it is possible management may want to discuss the following dialects: British RP, German, French, Various American.

Initial Auditions will be held at Lake Country Playhouse: 221 E Capitol Dr, Hartland, WI 53029

Please note that those asked to attend callbacks will be notified by Dec. 6. Callback invitation or pass does not determine final casting decisions. All who auditioned will be notified of final casting decisions no later than Dec. 11 unless notified otherwise.

Callbacks will be on Wed. Dec. 7, from 6:30pm-9:30pm. Please plan to stay the whole time, however, management will release individuals early when able to. Dancing, as well as additional singing and dialogue, will be auditioned at callbacks. Please note that callbacks will not occur at LCP, but will be at the First Congregation United Church of Christ right around the corner: 111 Church St, Hartland, WI 53029

Time commitment:
General Rehearsals 6:30-9:30pm Mon-Thurs in January, February, and March. Tech rehearsals may involve some Fri-Sun time. First day of rehearsal is January 16, 2017.
Performances: MARCH 24 – APRIL 9, Thurs-Sun
7:30pm shows: March 24, 25, 30, 31, April 1, 6, 7, 8
2pm shows: March 26, April 2, 8, 9

If you have any additional questions, please contact Director Lindsey Erin at lindseyerin1216@gmail.com. Description of the characters can be found below. THANK YOU and we look forward to seeing you at auditions!



Leads/Supporting Roles: 3M/3W, Ensemble: 8-12 Men and Women

Any and all gender identities are encouraged to audition for roles you feel most comfortable/identify as. Due to copyright laws, the pronouns used in the script cannot change, however, your preferred pronouns may be used in the rehearsal space. The Director is Safe Zone Certified.

All roles are available. Character Descriptions:

Lawrence Jameson – Male, 40s-60s, Tenor. An experienced British con artist who is sophisticated, suave, and elegant. Dialects: British RP, German. Vocal range: G2-Bb4.

Freddy Benson – Male, 20s-30s, Tenor. A young, clever, aspiring American con artist. He is a sloppy, yet an attractive womanizer. Has a romance with Christine. Dialects: Various American, Dimwit. Vocal range: A2-B4

Christine Colgate: Female, 20s-40s, Mezzo-Soprano. A seemingly good-natured American heiress, vacationing on the French Riviera, with a huge secret. Naive and clueless at first, she becomes cunning and mischievous. Has a romance with Freddy. Dialect: General American. Vocal range: A3-F#5

Andre Thibault – Male, 30s-50s, Baritenor. Lawrence’s French assistant. Official and mostly serious, he has a light-hearted nature and a quirky sense of humor. Has a romance with Muriel. Dialect: French. Vocal range: F2-F4

Muriel Eubanks – Female, 30s-50s, Alto. A wealthy and attractive American socialite from Nebraska, she one of Lawrence’s victims and Andre’s subsequent love interest. Dialects: Omaha, Nebraska/General American. Vocal range: E3-C5

Jolene Oakes – Female, 20s-30s, Mezzo-Alto. An American heiress from Oklahoma and the “Princess of Petroleum,” she is very eager, optimistic, and energetic. Blend of a southern firecracker and a southern belle. Dialect: Southern (severity of drawl/”R’s” is open to discussion). Vocal range: A3-D5

Ensemble – Men & Women, Various ages, vocal ranges, and dialects. Will be playing multiple roles, such as tourists/citizens, maids/butlers/wait staff, business roles, con artist victims, and atmospheric individuals. There are multiple opportunities for featured/solo singing, dance, and dialogue moments. The director intends on substantially utilizing the ensemble for this production.

Light from a show. Vector illustration.
Dear Theatre Folks-
Earlier this week I alerted you about some theatre equipment that has become available from the Hales Corners Cable TV studio,
which includes :
  • 7  – 17″ Floodlights
  • 2  – Ellipsoidal spots ( size unknown)
  • 2-  TV cameras (on tripods) plus some monitors and stuff.
Add to that a sound system I have stored in my garage, which has
  • 2 Theatre sized speakers and a wedge monitor
  • A  control bay with amplifiers, equalizers, etc
  • A Mackie mixing board with 8 channels plus assorted mikes.
The new development is that Betty Salamun ( Dance Circus ) told me she has no further use for her lighting stuff, which I purchased myself some 35 years ago, and as far as I know is still in working condition.  I haven’t seen it for a while, but there was something like:
  • 8 – 6×9 500w and 4 – 6×12 750w ellipsoidals plus some cable
  • Other various stuff that I have to check out.  There were 3 PAR strip lights, but that may be long gone.
This is almost the makings of a small theatre unto itself.  ( There is no lighting control board or curtains, but otherwise…)
Yes, this could be sold ( or gifted) off in pieces, but it makes me wonder about the greater possibilities.
When Milwaukee Public Theatre had the space in the Grand Avenue Mall, there was the location and the potential of a shared space for smaller Milwaukee groups-
it just lacked the equipment (and funding).  I wonder if that vision still has any possibilities, in part to “pass it on” to the younger, just-starting-out performers that will following in our footsteps?
It existed in the past, if you can remember Century Hall, the studio space at Lincoln Center, and other  places where we once performed our art under the “Shelter” of a communal space. (More recently I think Bucketworks was trying to do that too)
Would there be an accessible space somewhere where a public, cooperative small theatre again exist and the interest to make it happen?
Or perhaps if not a theatre, a small TV studio where your various groups could videotape presentations (meaning not set up for the public to attend)
Or at least have a pool of equipment stored and available to groups as needed?
I don’t know…
that’s why I’m asking for your input while this opportunity is knocking.
I potentially can gather and store some of the stuff for a while, but I’d like to see it passed on in some positive fashion, and the sooner the better.
If anyone knows who else should be in the conversation, let me know.
David HB Drake
Organic Arts Ltd.

Sunset Playhouse – Auditions – THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
Adults and children needed Monday, October 10th & Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER will be directed by Michael (Paco) Pocaro. Please come to Sunset Playhouse on one of the audition dates listed. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by downloading the THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER Audition Form. Auditions: Monday, October 10 – Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm Callbacks: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 (if necessary) Rehearsals: Tuesday, October 25 – Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Performances: Thursday, December 1 – Sunday, December 23, 2016 Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions. Click here to see our other upcoming auditions! Scripts are available for check-out at the box office for a $10 deposit. Box Office hours are Tuesdays 1 pm – 7 pm Wednesdays-Fridays 1 pm – 5 pm & Saturdays 1 pm- 4 pm Click here for more information: http://www.sunsetplayhouse.com/volunteer-information/audition/ Contact Ann Mather at amather@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext 221 if you have any further questions or if you plan to arrive later than 8:30 pm for auditions.


First Stage is Milwaukee’s premiere non-profit theater for young people and families is hiring an Academy Manager. The Academy Manager’s primary objectives are to manage all administrative aspects of the Academy and provide support for families.   The Academy Manager will obtain these objectives by completing administrative tasks, providing excellent customer service and supervising office processes for all locations. Excellent communication and customer service skills are critical, along with the ability to adjust communications styles to varied youth, parent and professional populations. Bachelor or Master’s degree in Business along with five years of management in the field is required. Proven Microsoft Office proficiency (Word, Excel, Power Point, etc); experience with a database system and a willingness to learn and maintain our internal database system, Tessitura, is required.  View the full job description online. To apply, send resume and cover letter to Katie Cummings at 325 W. Walnut St, Milwaukee, WI 53212 or email kcummings@firststage.org. No phone calls, please.



High School Actletes Coach

Sunset Playhouse School for the Arts, in Elm Grove Wisconsin, offers a unique opportunity for High School aged students, our Actletes program.  This empowering opportunity provides high school students the opportunity to explore theater and create work based on their own ideas, initiative, and perspective.

·         Actletes participate in classes, workshops, rehearsals, and performances.

·         Actletes explore a variety of performing arts topics: acting, singing, dancing, stage combat, improvisation, and more!

·         Actletes engage in every step of the theatrical process:  producing, managing, writing, performing, directing, designing, and so forth.

·         Actletes produce two productions

·         Actletes meet on Mondays October – August with additional rehearsals just prior to performances.

We are hiring a coach for our 2016 – 2017.  This individual will guide the students through their year long program.  The coach will have the skill set to motivate high school ages students and work as a mentor throughout the whole production process.  The coach will have previous experience working with high school aged students in the performing arts.

Applicants please send a resume to Erika Navin, Director of Education at enavin@sunsetplayhouse .com or contact Erika Navin at 262.782.4431 x290


Milwaukee Metro Voices has Auditions this Friday for

THE SEARCH FOR SUZIE SURREAL by Jason Powell. Director Mallory Metoxen

A brand new show for the Holidays by Jason Powell. A great opportunity for young people in musical theater.

In this eclectic conceptual concert, a spirited high-school student – accompanied by her starry-eyed male admirer – embark upon a search for their missing friend, the eccentric Suzy St. Cyril. A selection of holiday repertoire is seasoned with classic pop, and even a bit of psychedelia, over the course of this whimsical and occasionally surreal musical journey.

One adult – Male or Female 30+ – Teacher
Two Female – Student – Can play high school to 22
One Male – Student – Can play high school to 22

For the audition we request that you prepare one song. The song should be one that you perform well and can be any genre. You may perform a capella, as an accompanist will not be provided, but we will have a speaker to for you to hook up an audio device. If you auditioned in August for this show, you do not have to re-audition. You remain on our list.

Please bring a headshot if you have one.

Website: http://milwaukeemetrovoices.org/Audition.html

Audition Sign-up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c45adab2da6f94-thesearch1

Rehearsals – 11/21 – 12/15
Performances – 12/15 – 12/18

Date: 09/23/2016 (Fri.)

Location: MCH, Astor Room, 2462 N Prospect Ave., Milwaukee 53211


Quasimondo Milwaukee Physical Theatre seeks dancers and physical theatre artists for a microbiology-inspired dance theatre work, “Animolecules.” The show will run Dec. 3rd – 11th. 

To schedule an audition/interview, contact Jenni by Oct. 1st: jenni.reinke@gmail.com or 414-793-5879. 
More information available here: http://www.quasimondo.org/audition.html


Seeking: Sound Designer and Stage Manager/Crew Member

EURYDICE by Sarah Ruhl. Directed by Dylan K. Sladky. The Village Playhouse at Inspiration Studios, West Allis.

The Village Playhouse is seeking a Sound Designer and a Stage Manager for our current production of EURYDICE (by Sarah Ruhl – amazing show to have on the resume!).

  • Sound Design commitment: few production meetings, 3-5 days of tech week, have designs prepared by tech week — most sound needs have been found, we are primarily seeking someone to put everything together.
  • Stage Manager/Crew Member commitment: few production meetings, 3-5 days of tech week, run tech booth for October weekend performances (this role can be split between 2 people).

Cue to cue is Oct. 8-9. Tech rehearsals are Oct. 11-13.

Performances: 8pm: Oct. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29. 2pm: Oct. 30.

Great opportunity for students seeking experience or thespian points, community members, and those seeking to get involved in a production with a short term commitment! Email Director Dylan K. Sladky at EurydiceAuditions@gmail.com for information! Thank you! http://villageplayhouse.org/



Banned Book Slam!

Sunday, September 25 at 3:30pm (following the 2pm performance)

Quadracci Powerhouse Theater at Milwaukee Rep (108 E Wells Street)

As a part of Banned Books Week, join Milwaukee Rep and the ACLU of Wisconsin in a celebration of banned and challenged books, many of which are now heralded as literary masterpieces and integral parts of our literary canon. After watching Man of La Mancha, the musical adaptation of the first ever novel to escape the iron fist of Spanish censors in the 17th century, join us for live readings from some favorite challenged books, plays and poems. Favorite titles such as Charlotte’s Web, Invisible Man, Romeo and Juliet, and Captain Underpants could be among them! Attendees are invited to dress in costume as one of their favorite authors or characters from a favorite forbidden text, or you can sit back and listen to poetic words that were so un-successfully silenced. No acting, literary, or historical knowledge necessary!  All Banned Book participants will be entered to win 2 tickets to the Pulitzer Prize winning play Disgraced, and other wonderful prizes. Please contact nnelson@milwaukeerep.com if you would like to enter the Book Slam.

Free Singing Workshop

Saturday, October 1 at 2-3pm

Rehearsal Hall 3 at Milwaukee Rep (108 E Wells Street)

Learn to sing “The Impossible Dream” from the musical Man of La Mancha along with members from the Rep’s cast in this free open workshop. In collaboration with Women’s Voices Milwaukee.

Please RSVP to nnelson@milwaukeerep.com

Free Flamenco Dance Workshop

Saturday, October 15 at 2-3pm

Rehearsal Hall 3 at Milwaukee Rep (108 E Wells Street)

Join local flamenco dance troupe Siempre Flamenco and Man of La Mancha choreographer James Zager for a free Flamenco dance workshop! Participants will learn the history and basic techniques of Flamenco dancing. Then, the choreographer James Zager and professional flamenco dancers will teach an excerpt from a dance from the production, accompanied by virtuoso flamenco guitarists. No dance experience necessary!

Please RSVP to nnelson@milwaukeerep.com