FIRST STAGE General Non-Equity auditions for the 2014-2015 season

Monday, March 31  10:00 – 5:00 pm   Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

All auditions will take place at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212.  You are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time and check in with our audition monitor.  There is parking in a lot off of MLK Drive (just south of Walnut).  There is a commons for you to wait in and restroom facilities should you need them.

You are asked to perform two contrasting pieces of 3 minutes total in length.  A song is optional, but encouraged.  An accompanist will be provided.  16-32 bars of a song is recommended.    Please bring at least two (2) copies of your headshot and resume.  You will be auditioning for Jeff Frank, Artistic Director; John Maclay, Artistic Associate and Director of the Young Company; Jeff Schaetzke, Company Manager and Director/Music Director in the upcoming season; as well as some other Artistic and Academy staff.

We will not be having any show-specific auditions on this day, but will contact actors should we need you for call backs for any specific show.  We respectfully ask that if you are not available during the season (September – May) that you do not come to this call (i.e. you will be in college).

First Stage is one of the nation’s largest professional theatre for young audiences.  We are an Equity theatre, that also hires non-equity actors, artistic interns, and understudies for most shows.  Contracts run in length from six to nine weeks.  We do age-appropriate casting for are young roles, and cast anywhere from five to twenty-five young performers per show.  We also are interested in actors who have experience or potential as teaching artists either in our Education department or our nationally acclaimed Theatre Academy.

First Stage 2014-2015 Season   (rehearsal dates through closing)

Sherlock Holmes: Baker Street Irregulars (Sept 23 – Nov 15)  (play)

Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer (Nov 4 – Dec 28)  (musical)

Stargirl  (Dec 23 – Feb 15)  (play)

Big Nate: The Musical (Jan 27 – March 29) (musical)

Luchadora! (March 17 – April 26)  (play)

Big Fish (April 13 – May 31)  (musical)

Three Pigs (First Steps Musical) (October 15 – November 23)

Goldilocks (First Steps Musical)  (Jan 21 – February 22)

Three Young Company Shows (Mattress, Our Town, Hamlet) that will have Adult Actors/Teaching Artists involved in some roles

Please email or call Jeff Schaetzke, Company Manager for an appointment.  When possible, please submit your headshot and resume electronically ahead of time.

A separate Equity call for Actor’s Equity Members will be held on April 14, 2014.  More information is at

Thank you,

Jeff Schaetzke, Company Manager