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Kohl’s Wild Theater (KWT) is accepting actor headshot and resume submissions for its ensemble of professional actors. All types are welcome to submit their material. For this Fall, KWT is actively seeking  female actor/singers that can play an age range of 15-25. Auditions will be held by appointment only in the week of August 11th-18th. To be considered, actors must have flexible daytime hours from September-December 2014. All headshots and resumes may be emailed to the theater coordinator at davem@zoosociety.org. For more information about Kohl’s Wild Theater, please visit our website at www.wildtheater.org.


Hi Fletch,

As you might recall, Kohl’s Wild Theater (KWT) is having another round of auditions on November 19th.  The current KWT actors have been promoting the auditions to their peers in Milwaukee, and in the process have noticed a handful of frequently asked questions about our program.  In an attempt to better introduce our new program to the Milwaukee theater community, would you mind posting this information on your blog?  If you or anyone else has questions about what we do, or how we do it, please feel free to email me at davem@zoosociety.org or call me at 414-258-5058 x429.  Thank you for your help!

Kohl’s Wild Theater (KWT) FAQs:

1)      Question: What exactly do the actors do?

Answer: We perform original plays and musicals that are written for young audiences and their families.  During the school year, we perform 45-minute plays and musicals.  During the summer we perform 15-minute plays and musicals at the Zoo.  In addition to the 15-minute shows, actors spend some time performing short 2-minute skits in front of Zoo exhibits.

2)      Question: When are the rehearsals and when are the shows?

Answer: Year round and mostly during the daytime.  When an actor is hired, they become part-time staff of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee.  We function as a repertory company where all actors learn numerous shows and various roles in each show.  Performances are scheduled in a similar way to any other day job.  A work schedule is distributed to the acting staff approximately three weeks in advance.  Summer Zoo shifts are 6 hours long and include 3-4 shows and some time spent at exhibits.  The touring shifts can vary from day to day.  A touring shift typically occurs in the daytime and can range from 4 to 7 hours in length.  On occasion we have evening performances.

3)      Question: What is the pay?

Answer:  Starting pay is $11/hour.  If an actor is a full company member, then they typically work 15-25 hours per week.  An understudy position (we call them swings) will work once a week, and have the opportunity to pick up shifts when full company members need coverage.

4)      Question: What if I book another show, or my agent calls me with an audition?  Can I get out of a scheduled performance?

Answer: Usually the answer is yes.  This job is designed to accommodate professional actors.  We encourage our actors to work as actors as much as possible.  If an unexpected audition arises, we work together as a team to get your shift covered.  This is why everyone knows numerous roles.    If you book an outside show that demands full availability then we can work together to figure out a plan of action.  We have almost always been able to work with other theater’s performance and rehearsal schedules.

5)      Question:  Are there live animals in the shows?

Answer: No.  Just a bunch of wild actors.

6)      Question:  Do I need to drive my own car to the touring performances?

Answer: No, all work shifts start at the Zoo.  If you are performing a touring show then you will join your fellow actors in our tour van.  All travel time is part of your paid shift.

7)      Question:  Is singing required?

Answer: Yes, a majority of our shows incorporate musical theater elements.  However, one does not need to be technically trained singer to audition for this program.  All of our music is composed for “actors who sing.”  We have many company members who are fantastic actors with little to no singing experience.  The audition notice asks actors to prepare a 16-32 bar cut of up-tempo musical theater.  If you don’t have a song prepared, you may still audition with two contrasting monologues.  You will likely be asked to sing something a capella.

8)      Question: What should I do if I want to audition?

Answer: Please see our audition information at http://www.zoosociety.org/Education/WildTheater/Work.php.  The auditions are this Monday.  Appointment requests received after Friday afternoon might not be received in time for the audition.  If you are interested in this audition, it is preferred that you send your headshot and resume as soon as possible.

For more information on Kohl’s Wild Theater, you can see our website at www.wildtheater.org.

 

 

Dave McLellan

Theater Coordinator

Zoological Society of Milwaukee

10005 West Blue Mound Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Phone: 414-258-5058 x429

Cell: 414-254-9936

Fax: 414-258-4004

wildtheater.org


The Kohl’s Wild Theater will be holding auditions on Saturday, December 3rd.  All roles are within an age range of 20-35.  Experience with musical theater, puppetry, and comedy improv is a plus.  For the audition, please prepare a 16-32 bar cut of a musical theater up-tempo as well as two contrasting one-minute monologues.  Please bring a copy of your headshot and resume.  Callbacks will be held during the week of December 5th-9th.

Auditions will be by appointment only.  Headshots and resumes may be sent to Dave McLellan at davem@zoosociety.org for an appointment.

Program Information:

The Kohl’s Wild Theater is a participatory theater that uses drama, puppetry, games and songs to bring conservation messages to children and families.  Located in the children’s area of the Zoo, performances focus on conservation and the importance of caring for the animals and the environment.  During the school year, Kohl’s Wild Theater tours to elementary schools and other community organizations within a one-hour radius of the Zoo.

Actors cast in December must be available for daytime rehearsals from December 12th-21st and December 27th-30th.  Starting pay is $11 per hour.  Full company members typically work 20-30 hours per week.  Understudy positions typically work 4-10 hours per week.  Auditioning actors will also be considered for Spring/Summer employment.

Visit www.wildtheater.org for more information.

Dave McLellan

Theater Coordinator

Zoological Society of Milwaukee

10005 West Blue Mound Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Phone: 414-258-5058 x429

Cell: 414-254-9936

Fax: 414-258-4004

wildtheatre.org


Hey Flech,

 

Can you toss this up on your blog?

 

Kohl’s Wild Theater is seeking a music director for the Fall Outreach rehearsal process.  Rehearsals are from September 12th – 30th from 9am-3pm each week day.  The music director would only need to be available for selected days.  Preferable days of availability are September 12, 13, 16, 28, 29 and 30.  Stipend of $500.  Please email resume to Dave McLellan at davem@zoosociety.org by August 31st.

 

You can use our attached logo for the image.  Thanks!

 

D

 

Dave McLellan

Theater Coordinator

Zoological Society of Milwaukee

10005 West Blue Mound Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Phone: 414-258-5058 x429

Cell: 414-254-9936

Fax: 414-258-4004

wildtheater.org


Auditions for Kohl’s Wild Theatre

at the Zoological Society of Milwaukee

The Kohl’s Wild Theater will be holding auditions on March 5th for the upcoming summer season at the Milwaukee County Zoo.  All roles are within an age range of 20-30.  Experience with musical theater, puppetry, and comedy improv is a plus.    For the audition, please bring one copy of your headshot/resume and prepare two contrasting 1-minute monologues.  See program information listed below.

Auditions will be by appointment only.  Email Dave McLellan at davem@zoosociety.org for an audition time and location.    

Program Information:

The Kohl’s Wild Theater is a participatory theater that uses drama, puppetry, games and songs to bring conservation messages to children and families.  Located in the children’s area of the zoo, performances will focus on conservation and the importance of caring for the animals and the environment. 

Performances will take place seven days a week at the Milwaukee County Zoo from May 28th-September 5th, 2011.  Rehearsals will be from May 16th – May 27th.   Four actors will work in a day from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Approximately 10 actors will be cast to cover the 7 day schedule (expected commitment is 3-4 days per week).  Actors will perform approximately 4 fifteen-minute shows per day at the main stage.  Actors will also spend time at specific exhibits interacting with Zoo visitors.  These interactions will be loosely scripted, but will rely on improvisational skills.  Payment will be based on an hourly rate of $11/hour.  Higher rates are available for actors hired as “show captain.”


Actor photo/resume request for the Kohl’s Wild Theatre at the Zoological Society of Milwaukee 

The Kohl’s Wild Theater is accepting submissions for a paid 3-day workshop of new plays.  The workshop will be scheduled for late January/early February (specific dates TBD).  Auditions will be by appointment-only on Saturday January 8th.  Three performers will be hired for the workshop, but all submissions will be considered for the upcoming summer and fall seasons.  Auditions for the summer and fall seasons will be held after the Milwaukee general auditions (date TBD).  Actors hired for the workshop will play a wide variety of roles; all types will be considered.  If invited to audition, actors will be asked to prepare a 1-minute comedic monologue and a 16-32 bar up-tempo song.  Experience with music theatre, puppetry, and comedy improv is a plus.  Actors will receive a stipend for the 3-day workshop.  Both AEA and non-union actors are invited to audition.  

For consideration, please email a headshot and resume to davem@zoosociety.org.  No submissions will be accepted after December 31st.