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Milwaukee Repertory Theater Searching to Cast a Young Performer in The Rep Classic The Nerd

May 8, 2019 (Milwaukee) Milwaukee Repertory Theater seeks a young performer, age 7-12, to perform the role of Thor in its upcoming production of The Nerd by Larry Shue.
From the much-loved playwright of The Foreigner comes a new production of one of the funniest plays ever written. When Willum has an unexpected party guest, who turns into an unwanted houseguest, he executes an elaborate plan to rid himself of the wacky nuisance. Aided by a rag-tag team that includes friends, a would-be lover and an oblivious boss, creative acts of desperation quickly dissolve into utter mayhem. The twists and turns of this madcap comedy lead to an ending that leaves you feeling happily hoodwinked!

THOR (7-12 years old to play an 8-year-old. Male. Black, AfroLatinx, or Latinx. Note: the actors cast to play Thor’s parents are Latinx and African American.) Thor is a temperamental, loud, boisterous, and irrepressible child. He is a hellion and a monster of a child to both his parents and strangers.
Young performers who would like to audition should have their parents fill out the electronic submission form via Google Forms (link below) to request an appointment. Access to a computer with a strong internet connection is recommended, but if you do not have access to a computer/internet, please feel free to call Artistic Administrator, Dylan Sladky, who will assist with the application by phone. Dylan can be reached at (414) 290-5391.

Please submit material no later than Friday, May 10 by clicking the following link and filling out the Google Form: Individual appointments will be assigned to candidates we would like to invite to come for an audition. No one will be seen without an appointment.
The Nerd rehearses Tuesday through Sunday, October 15 through November 14 and performs November 15 through December 15. Young performers will be required to miss school during tech week and for matinee performances. Please include all conflicts for these dates in the Google Form application or be prepared to list all conflicts when submitting directly to Dylan Sladky.

For additional questions, please contact Frank Honts, Casting Director, at or via phone at (414) 290-5374.

About Milwaukee Repertory Theater Milwaukee Rep is the largest performing arts organization in Wisconsin in terms of audiences served and one of the largest professional theaters in the country. Each year, The Rep welcomes up to 275,000 people at nearly 700 performances of 15 productions ranging from compelling dramas, powerful

classics, new plays and full-scale musicals in its three unique performance venues – the Quadracci Powerhouse, Stiemke Studio and Stackner Cabaret. Now in its 65th Season, The Rep has gained a national reputation as an incubator of new work, an agent of community change and a forward-thinking provider of vital arts education programs. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Clements and Executive Director Chad Bauman, Milwaukee Repertory Theater ignites positive change in the cultural, social, and economic vitality of its community by creating world-class theater experiences that entertain, provoke, and inspire meaningful dialogue among an audience representative of Milwaukee’s rich diversity.


Sunset Playhouse

Written by Larry Shue

Monday & Tuesday, January 12- 13, 2015

THE NERD will be directed by Brian Zelinski. Please come to Sunset Playhouse on one of the audition dates listed above.  Auditions will consist of readings from the script.  Scripts are available to check out for a cash or check deposit.


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 NERD Audition Form.


Auditions: January 12 – January 13, 2015 (7-10 pm)*

Callbacks: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 (if necessary)


Rehearsals: February 2 – March 11, 2015**

Performances: March 12-29, 2015


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 p.m.-7 p.m.; Wednesdays-Fridays 1p.m. – 5 p.m. & Saturdays 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Contact Kristen Kraklow at or

262-782-4431, ext 222  if you have any further questions or if you plan to arrive later than 8:30 for auditions.




One of the funniest plays ever written, this extraordinarily inventive, side-splitting comedy was first presented by the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, then produced in Great Britain, before it went on to Broadway acclaim. The action centers on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by a man he’s never met but who saved his life in Vietnam – the visitor turns out to be an incredibly inept, hopelessly stupid “nerd” who outstays his welcome with a vengeance.




Willum Cubbert (male, mid-30s). A professional architect, likable and sincere, unexciting and set in his ways.  Willum needs a little gumption.
Tansy McGinnis (female, about Willum’s age).  The woman about to choose between her boyfriend Willum and her career as a weather girl.  Tansy is bubbly, wry, and definitely her own woman.

Axel Hammond (male, about Willum’s age).  Dry, wise-cracking, irreverent, devil-may-care theater critic who has never done an anonymous favor for anyone.

Warnock Waldgrave (male, 35-60).  Powerful, stern, and successful businessman totally lacking in imagination.  The last time Waldgrave smiled was 30 years ago, and then it was gas.

Clelia Waldgrave (female, 30-50).  Patient but strained, harried but calm, the picture of a schoolteacher almost but not quite stressed to her breaking point.

Thor Waldgrave (male, 9-11).  The son of Warnock and Clelia Waldgrave is a brat who is temperamental, loud, boisterous, and an irrepressible young monster.

Rick Steadman (male, mid-30s).  Tactless, selfish, insensitive, aggravating, pointlessly dull, and the worst houseguest ever.

Note:  The actor playing Rick Steadman will be playing 3 parts (Rick, Kemp, and Red) and must be able to disguise his voice as Rick and Red.


*We reserve the right to end auditions after 8:30 if all actors present have already been seen.  If you plan to arrive after 8:30, please call 262-782-4431the day before to notify the Production Coordinator, Kristen Kraklow.


**Rehearsal times are subject to change based on availability of cast but are generally 5 nights a week from 7:00-10:00 pm.


Sunset Playhouse will be producing the show:

Written by Larry Shue
Auditions will be held at Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove on Monday, January 12 and Tuesday, January 13 from 7:00pm-10:00pm.  Callbacks (if necessary) will be on Wednesday, January 14 from 7:00-10:00pm.  

Rehearsals are Monday, February 2 – Wednesday, March 11.  Performances are Thursday, March 12 – Sunday, March 29, 2014.  

The show will be directed by Brian Zelinski.  He is seeking 4 men, 2 woman, and 1 boy to perform in this hilarious comedy.  Those who wish to audition will be asked to read scenes from the provided scripts.  Scripts are available to be checked out prior to auditions during box office hours.   A $10 deposit is required to check out scripts.
Further details such as character descriptions and audition forms can be found at under the “Volunteer” tab. Contact Kristen Kraklow, Production Coordinator, at or 262-782-4431 ext. 222 with any questions.
Thank you.

Additional male actor needed to play Ellard in Theatre Unchained’s production of THE FOREIGNER. Performs Feb 14-March 2, 2014. Contact the director, John Baiocchi at

Larry Shue
December 9 and 10, 2013, 7:00 PM to 9:00 pm
Possible callbacks December 12.
Theatre Unchained,
1024 S 5th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 391-7145
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,  by Alan Ball (5 women, 1 man)  Directed by James Dragolovich. Performs January 24-Febraury 4, 2014. During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below.
The Foreigner: By Larry Shue (5 men, 2 women) Directed by John Baiocchi, Performs February 14-March 2, 2014 The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by “Froggy” LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time “Froggy” has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So “Froggy,” before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English.
For more info check the website: