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Join us for a fundraiser celebrating our love of alcohol and nerdiness as we take Shakespeare to a galaxy far, far away.


March 27at the Underground Collaborative – downstairs in the Shops at Grand Avenue, 161 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203

Doors open at 6:30 – snacks, drinks, and more available for purchase.

Costume contest at 7:00 – winner receives a free drink and 2 vouchers for Bard & Bourbon’s MACBETH

Staged reading and drinking game at 7:30

Donations accepted at the door. 
All proceeds go toward Bard & Bourbon’s Memorial Day weekend production of MACBETH

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Non-Union Milwaukee General Audtions

The 2017 Non-Union Milwaukee General Auditions will take place on Monday, January 30th, 2017, from 8:45am to 5:00pm, at Milwaukee Repertory Theater.  This is a locals only audition – only adult-aged, Milwaukee-based, non-union professional actors who do not require assistance with travel and housing should attend.

THE SIGN-UP PROCESS
We will again implement the lottery system used last year, due to the continued high demand for these audition slots:

  • The lottery will be conducted for this year’s audition and waiting list slots.   There will still be an in-person component to this process, in order to maintain focus on local talent.
  • Actors who auditioned in the 2016 Milwaukee General Auditions will not be allowed to do so in 2017.  At this time, we anticipate that actors who auditioned in 2016 will be eligible to do so again in 2018.
  • Actors enrolled in college or university and in their final semester of study before graduation at the time of the auditions will be eligible to attend.  All other student actors must wait until they meet this requirement.
  • Actors born after January 30th, 1999 are not eligible to audition.

On Saturday January 7th, 2017 at 9:30a, interested actors will be able submit their respective Non-Union Milwaukee General Auditions Lottery Entry Forms outside of Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Stackner Cabaret on the 2nd floor Arboretum of the Patty & Jay Baker Theater Complex, accessible via elevator or via the escalator near building security.

Lottery forms are available for download here in advance of these auditions, so that interested actors may download, print, and complete them in advance of the lottery day.  Paper copies of the form will not be made available on the day of the lottery.  Lottery Entry Forms must be downloaded, printed, and completed in advance.  Interested actors must also present a valid form of photo identification (driver’s license or state-issued identification is recommended) in order to submit her/his lottery entry.  In addition, please note that an individual is eligible to submit one Lottery Entry only, and only for oneself – entries made for other individuals will not be accepted.

Here are the specifics of the sign-up process that will take place on January 7th, 2017:

  •  From 8:30a to 9:30a, Lottery Entry Forms will be validated and accepted.
  •  At 9:30a, the Lottery will take place.  Participating actors must be present to accept a slot resulting from a winning Lottery Entry.  If your name is called and you are not present, your winning entry will be forfeit.
  • As winning Lottery Entries are drawn, that actor will have the opportunity to sign up for a remaining available Audition or Waiting List slot.  Winning entries will be processed in the order in which they are drawn.

There will also be 10 Waiting List slots available.  Sign-up for these slots will occur in the same manner as outlined above, once all auditions slot have been filled.  Obtaining a Waiting List slot does not guarantee an audition, but preference for any slots that open (due to cancellation, for example) at a later date will be given to those actors on the Waiting List.

PREPARING FOR THE AUDITIONS
Audition slots will be 4 minutes long, and will consist of any two of the following:

  • One contemporary monologue
  • One classical monologue (preferably Shakespeare)
  • One musical theater selection – 60 to 90 seconds in duration.  An accompanist will be in attendance.

Please note that the actor’s introduction and any time necessary to communicate with the accompanist will count as part of the 4 minutes.  Please prepare and time your selections carefully, as actors who exceed the audition time of 4 minutes will be stopped.

Non-Equity actors should plan to bring 30 headshots/resumes and should be neatly staples back-to-back prior to the audition date. Actors who choose to audition with a musical theater selection and desire accompaniment should come prepared with sheet music.

Questions?  Please email Dylan K. Sladky, Artistic Administrator, at dsladky@milwaukeerep.com.  Due to the volume of questions, please allow two business days for a response.

All interested actors should visit this page regularly for information and updates. 

COMPANIES INTERESTED IN ATTENDING
(updated December 7
th, 2016)

The Alchemist Theatre –
The Bunny Gumbo Theater Company –
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre –
American Player’s Theatre –
Next Act –
Milwaukee Repertory Theater –
Milwaukee Comedy –
All In Productions –
Actor’s Craft Seventh Avenue Theatre –
Theatre RED –
Third Avenue Playhouse –
Cooperative Performance Milwaukee –
First Stage Children’s Theatre –
Fireside Theatre –
Bronzeville Arts Ensemble –
Theatre LILA –
Quasimondo Milwaukee Physical Theatre –
Children’s Theater of Madison –
Forward Theater Company –
In Tandem Theatre –
Lori Lins Talent –
Renaissance Theaterworks –
Solstice Theatre –
The Third Avenue Playhouse –
Zoological Society of Milwaukee/Kohl’s Wild Theater –

http://www.milwaukeerep.com/Test-Area/Rep-Redesign-Home/Inside-The-Rep/Non-Union-Milwaukee-General-Auditions/


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The Bunny Gumbo Theatre Company in association with The Waukesha Civic Theatre presents ACT Boot Camp. For the uninitiated, Combat Boot Camp challenges high school age playwrights, directors and actors to bring original scripts from initial concept to performance before a live audience … in only 2 days! Topics, locations, directors, and actors are all, literally, “pulled from a hat.” There is no advanced preparation, no warning, no mercy – just instinct, ability, and raw talent on display. Artists flying without a net!

 

Where: The Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W. Main Street, Waukesha, WI 53186

When: Saturday, January 7th, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Adults- $13
Students/Seniors/Military- $11
Subscriber & Group Rate- $9

For more info visit: http://waukeshacivictheatre.org/60thSeason/ACTBootCamp.html

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A new, live presentation of the sitcom Public TV will hit the Milwaukee ComedySportz Arena stage on Monday, November 21st at 7 pm!

 

From the warped and hilarious mind of Anthony Wood, creator of the hit Milwaukee holiday musical, A Cudahy Caroler Christmas, comes the comedy series about the uproarious goings-on at a local public television station.

 

The show, developed by Mr. Wood and his creative partner and wife, award winning filmmaker Claudia Looze, is based on their years working as freelance producers for Milwaukee Public TV. It follows the life of a young, naive producer as she starts her first days at the local PBS TV affiliate. The world of public television is not what she envisioned; as local Public TV is less about Downton Abbey and Nova, and more about sewing, yoga, model train collecting, pet care, pledge dives and hunting and fishing programs. We watch her hilariously deal with the bizarre personalities hosting the different shows she’s assigned to work on, and the mishaps that occur along the way.

 

The crew of the local station is also filled with oddball characters that include a production manager with severe sweat problems, a technical director with Tourette’s, a huge crew of doughnut loving technicians, and a handsome and witty producer who has vowed to make her his sworn enemy.  And let’s not forget Tim Conway!

 

The live reading, which will also be webcast worldwide, will be presented on the Arena Stage at ComedySportz, 420 S First Street in Milwaukee, at 7 pm. It will feature a cast of some of the Midwest’s finest acting talent, from American Player’s Theatre to First Stage Children’s Theatre, Next Act Theatre and ComedySportz. Notable names include Jim Pickering, Bo Johnson, Drew Brhel, Megan Kaminsky and Tim Higgins.

 

The show is free, first come first serve, with drinks and commiseration after the show in the ComedySportz Lounge.

 

Mr. Wood is available for interviews to chat more about the show and his creative history. Promotional materials and more info can be requested at: tony@smokingmonkey.net.

 

Or call (608) 334-1980.

 


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Northern Sky Theater is seeking male interns for two substantial roles in our 2017 summer season.  Auditions will be held on Saturday, November 19th from 10am-2pm at Next Act Theater, 255 S. Water Street, Milwaukee WI 53204. We are looking for the following:

 

Young Male in our season world premiere. This show is set in the 1954. The role age is 16, a teenager with a passion for rock & roll. Strong solo and harmony singing is required of this actor and basic dance skills.

Young Male in a remount of a show set in 1944. Role age is 18-25. Speaks very little English and has a German dialect. This actor must be a strong tenor and also play guitar.

 

Northern Sky interns participate in all areas of production and report to the Production Stage Manager. During the season interns attend all rehearsals, assist with computer reports, prompting, props, costume maintenance, scenic change-overs, PR events, run-crew, etc. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn and engage in all aspects of the theatre while spending the summer in beautiful Door County. Housing is provided and there is a weekly stipend.

 

Contract dates are May 14 – August 28, 2016.

Applicants must have a driver’s license and car available for the summer, as our theater, rehearsal space, offices, and housing are quite spread out throughout the county. It is preferred that applicants have completed one year of college, but it’s not required to be considered for this internship.

 

For an appointment, please contact Molly Rhode at molly@northernskytheater.com.

Please bring in a monologue and song of your choice. You will also be asked to read and sing from the shows. Materials will be provided.

 

For more information on Northern Sky’s intern program, please visit:

http://northernskytheater.com/about/internship.html

 


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MCT seeks 25 non-Equity actors for our biennial Young Playwrights Festival Showcase and, new this year, Honorable Mention Readings to be held May 4-7, 2017 at the Broadway Theatre Center, Milwaukee. We seek actors of any heritage, sexual orientation, and gender identification. Specific character breakdown as follows: 4 females, 20s, any heritage; 2 females, late teens-30s, African-American; 1 female, late teens-30s, non-Caucasian; 3 females, 30s-40s, any heritage; 1 female, 60s-70s, any heritage; 4 males, 20s, any heritage; 8 males, late teens-20s, African-American; 1 male, 30s-40s, any heritage; 1 male, 60s-70s, any heritage. Auditions will be held on Monday, December 5, 6:00-10:00 PM at the Broadway Theatre Center, 5th floor, 158 N. Broadway, Third Ward. Auditions by appointment only; please reserve an audition slot or seek further information at marcella@milwaukeechambertheatre.com or 414.276.8842 X118. A prepared, one-minute monologue is preferred, but other material will be provided if needed. Headshots/resumes welcome but not required.

 

[Please note: Showcase actors must be available for first rehearsal (Monday, February 27, 2017, evening) and for ALL final rehearsals and performances (the week of May 1-7, 2017). Reading actors must be available for one rehearsal between May 1-5 and for the technical rehearsal and public reading on May 6, 2017. All interim rehearsals are scheduled individually with directors.]

 


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The Bunny Gumbo Theatre Company in association with The Waukesha Civic Theatre presents ACT Boot Camp.  This project brings together middle and high school actors, writers, and directors to create an evening of theatre in 48 hours.  The writers pull random subjects and locations from hats, and based on those variables create new plays.  The directors and actors are then randomly assigned to these plays which are then presented to a live audience.  It’s challenging and scary and a heck of a lot of fun.  This truly spectacular show is now in its 12th season and the event is free of charge to the participants.

 

The next Boot Camp goes up January 7th at the Waukesha Civic Theatre.  For actors and directors, the time commitment is from 5-9 on Friday, January 6th, and 10 am until 10 pm on Saturday, January 7th.

 

If interested, please provide the following information to bunnygumbo@wi.rr.com:

 

Your name

Your phone number

Your email

Your parent’s names

Parent’s phone numbers

Parent’s emails

School attending

Age and grade level

 

And finally, which discipline: acting, directing or writing that you are interested in.  Please note that participants must be at least 14 years of age at the time of the show.  Please also note that writers have a slightly different schedule than the actors and directors.  Writers may also participate as directors or actors if slots are open.

 

If you or your parents have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact us.  We’re hoping you’ll be able to join us for the show, so please let us know at your earliest possible convenience.

 

 


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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.
ANYHOW…
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.
DHBD
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David HB Drake
Organic Arts Ltd.
414-702-6053

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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.