Auditions were held on Feb 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. We were very excited with the talent and numbers of qualified candidates. The selection for the 2014 troupe is being made by a professional and impartial artistic staff in a very competitive process. Please stay tuned for the announcement of the 2014 Kids from Wisconsin Troupe in the next couple weeks.
KIDS FROM WISCONSIN MUSIC PROJECTThe KIDS FROM WISCONSIN show troupe has been entertaining audiences all over Wisconsin, the Midwest and the nation since our inaugural summer of 1969, performing contemporary pop songs, the music of Broadway, country hits, rock, swing, jazz and many other styles. Following a 17 day training camp, this talented group of vocalists, dancers and instrumentalists performs up to 70 shows each summer and is featured annually at the State Fair as well as many other venues across the state. Kids from Wisconsin is a non profit 501(c)(3) made possible by funds from the State Fair, grants, sponsorships and donations.
A summer with the KIDS is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences an aspiring young performer can have. Many KIDS alumni have gone on to successful careers in performance, music education and many other fields of endeavor.
LOCATIONThe KIDS FROM WISCONSIN organization is headquartered at State Fair Park, West Allis.
SUPERVISORY STAFFA highly professional and experienced staff of instructors provides the training necessary to prepare members of the KIDS for a summer of performing. Our choreographer, choral director, band conductor, musical arrangers and technical director all help train performers in highly specialized routines, professional arrangements and exciting stage presentation. Overall supervision, training and direction are provided by producer Mark S. Dorn, conductor, professional musician, jazz clinician and university music professor.
PERFORMING PERSONNELThe troupe is composed of 33 student performers (20 dancer/vocalists with a 13 piece show band). Qualified males and females, between the ages of 15 and 20, regardless of race, color, handicap or national origin are eligible to apply.
Candidates will be required to demonstrate artistic talent, stage personality and choreography (singer/dancers) at the time of their live audition.
MANNER OF SELECTION AND AUDITION REQUIREMENTSSelection for the limited number of positions will be on a competitive basis. Applicants must submit an official application form (Word Doc) (email and photocopy acceptable) available from school music departments, the KIDS website (www.kidsfromwisconsin.org) or the KIDS organization. Recommendations are strongly encouraged but not required. All applicants must submit a photo for identification purposes. Application must be received no later than January 17, 2014. There is a $20 audition fee that will be collected at the time of your audition.
Vocalists/Dancers Openings exist for all voice partsósoprano, alto, tenor and bass/baritone. All auditioning vocalists/dancers should be prepared to sing one contemporary song (4 minutes or less) - pop, Broadway, vocal jazz, etc. Sheet music for accompanists must be provided at time of the audition. Singer/dancers should also be prepared for a dance audition (time to change into dance shoes and clothes will be allotted.)
Instrumentalists Openings exist for the following instrumental chairs:
• trombone (tenor and bass)Audition candidates should be prepared to play scales, a solo (jazz, popular or classical), and/or an excerpt from a jazz band arrangement, and sight reading. Guitar and keyboard should demonstrate chord knowledge. All instrumentalists, including rhythm section players, will need to provide their own instruments and equipment for live auditions.
• woodwind (tenor and alto sax with clarinet and flute doubles)
• keyboard/piano (with synthesizer knowledge important)
• electric bass
• trap set
• auxiliary percussion
PERIOD OF COMMITMENTMembers of the KIDS will report to the rehearsal training camp on date advised in letter of acceptance, approximately June 7. Immediately following the training period the group will be available for performances throughout the summer terminating the last weekend in August.
CAMP AND TOURINGAccepted troupe members will be charged a $150 camp fee and a $100 refundable costume deposit. While at the training camp, members will receive room and board free of charge. All troupe members are required to attend camp in its entirety. Special arrangements for graduations, college orientations, and other required school requirements must be approved by the Producer and staff prior to camp.
During tour, the troupe will continue to be based at the Tommy Thompson Youth Center at State Fair Park. Group travel will be by chartered bus beginning and terminating at State Fair Park unless otherwise permitted or directed by KIDS staff. Additional housing will be furnished on tour, as are most meals. Members may be required to pay for occasional meals. Schedules and details on housing and meals will be furnished as early as possible following booking confirmations.