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We’ve put the whole gang back together again for this fabulous show.  Two weeks only, December 15 through December 23.  Get on it, tickets are selling fast.

‘Twas the Month Before Christmas by Doug Jarecki

Directed by James Fletcher

with John Cramer, Lindsey Gagliano, Doug Jarecki, Mitch Weindorf and Sara Zientek

For more info and ticket reservations: http://nextact.org/rental-events/month-before-christmas/

 

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The 2018 Non-Equity Milwaukee General Auditions will take place on Monday, January 8, 2018, from 8:45am to 6:00pm, 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 2017 Milwaukee General Auditions will not be allowed to do so in 2018.  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 8, 2000 are not eligible to audition.

On Saturday December 16, 2017 at 9:30am, interested actors will be able submit their respective Non-Equity Milwaukee General Auditions Lottery Entry Forms outside of Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s  Stackner Cabaret – https://www.milwaukeerep.com/Plan-Your-Visit/Directions–Parking/ – on the 2nd floor atrium 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 December 16, 2017:

•From 8:30am to 9:30am, Lottery Entry Forms will be validated and accepted.

•At 9:30am, 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 forfeited.

•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 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.


Protesters lie on the ground wounded or killed during a re-creation of a protest march where seven workers died in the late 1800’s. Several hundred people gathered at the Bay View Rolling Mills Historical Marker near Superior St. and Russell to remember the 127th anniversary of The Bay View Tragedy. Workers, marching for the 8-hour day were fired upon by the state militia. Seven were killed in the state’s bloodiest event involving working people, according to information provided by the Wisconsin Labor Historical Society. The event took place Sunday, May 5, 2013. Journal Sentinel photo by RICK WOOD/ RWOOD@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM

On the Fifth of May, 1886, thousands of Milwaukee workers marched peacefully on the huge Bay View Rolling Mills as part of a nationwide effort to bring about the 8-hour day. The State Militia fired on them, killing seven. This was the bloodiest labor disturbance in Wisconsin’s history, and began a new struggle for a more humane workplace and a more just society.

The Bay View Tragedy Re-enactment will take place again May 7th, 3 PM and we need volunteers to join in as marchers striking for the 8-hour day. No previous acting experience needed!

Just show up for rehearsal at 1 p.m. on the day of the commemoration at the Rolling Mills Marker Site at S. Superior St. and E. Russell Ave. The whole event starts at 3 PM with the Re-enactment (about 15 minutes) and is followed by songs and speeches.

If you can, wear clothing that might duplicate the look of 1886 workers; otherwise, there may be some outfits for you at the rehearsal. The photo below shows volunteer marchers behind the huge puppet labor leader.

IMPORTANT: Please R.S.V.P. to Barbara Leigh, either on facebook or email: (barbara@milwaukeepublictheatre.org) so that we can have a count and meet costume needs. And if you have questions, just ask! Thank you!!!


HIRING FOR IMMEDIATE START.

 

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre is hiring the position of Deck Chief for the 2016-2017 YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL Showcase, which will be produced in the Studio Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center.  Load-in, tech and performances will take place May 1-May 7, 2017.

 

Current students, recent graduates and young professionals are encouraged to apply.

MCT is an Equal Opportunity Employer seeking a diverse pool of applicants.

 

Duties shall include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting the stage manager during tech rehearsals by coordinating the backstage operations of three original one act scripts, performed in repertory in a black box theatre.
  • Safely planning and executing scene shifts using actors as crew; managing run sheets.
  • Assisting with strike immediately following the final performance.

 

Qualifications:

  • Self-motivated leader with a positive disposition and problem-solving abilities.
  • Applicant should have backstage experience running shows on crew; preferably having been in charge of a deck as either Deck Chief or ASM for at least one show in the past.
  • Reference from a professor, stage manager, production manager or equivalent.

 

This position pays $250.00 and is a professional credit.

 

Please send a cover letter and resume to Brandy Kline, Production Manager to brandy@milwaukeechambertheatre.com.

 


Cooperative Performance Milwaukee is excited to announce the return of open auditions for their 2017 One Act Festival.  Auditions will be held on Sunday April 9th from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM and Monday April 10th from 6:00 PM to 10:00PM.  Auditions will be 6 minutes each, and YOU MUST REGISTER FOR A SLOT at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0B4AAFAF22A3F58-2017.  Walk-ups will only be seen if time permits.  These auditions are for all levels of talent and training – no prior experience is necessary.  Headshots, resumes, and monologues are welcome, but are by no means mandatory.  If you do have a prepared monologue, please keep it to about one minute, as we’d like time for cold reading.  If you do not have a headshot, we may take a picture for our reference.  Cast members will receive a small stipend (partially based on how well the show sells).  Show-specific rehearsal schedules set up by each director.  Performances are the first three weekends in June.

Thursday, June 1st @ 7:30 pm (Preview)

Friday, June 2nd @ 7:30 pm

Saturday, June 3rd @ 7:30 pm

Thursday, June 8th @ 7:30 pm

Friday, June 9th @ 7:30 pm

Saturday, June 10th @ 7:30pm

Sunday, June 11th @ 3:00 pm

Friday June 16th @ 11:00pm

Saturday June 17th @ 7:30pm

Auditions will be held at the Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave in Milwaukee.  The UC is located on the lower level of the Grand Avenue Plankinton Arcade.  (Take the center spiral stairs down to the lower level.)


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

Hop on it!boot-camp-bunny


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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.