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 was made by a professional and impartial artistic staff in a very competitive process. Please see our cast page for this year's troupe members.
Applications are being accepted for the 2015 KIDS Troupe. Select one of the links to the application form below.
KIDS FROM WISCONSIN MUSIC PROJECT
The 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
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.
The KIDS FROM WISCONSIN organization is headquartered at State Fair Park, West Allis.
A 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.
The 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 REQUIREMENTS
Selection for the limited number of positions will be on a competitive basis. Applicants must submit an official application form (Word Doc) (PDF version) (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 15, 2015. 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)
• woodwind (tenor and alto sax with clarinet and flute doubles)
• keyboard/piano (with synthesizer knowledge important)
• electric bass
• trap set
• auxiliary percussion
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.
PERIOD OF COMMITMENT
Members 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 TOURING
Accepted troupe members will be charged a $200 camp fee. There are some minimal costume fees. While at the training camp, members will receive room and
board free of charge as well as excellent training from a talented and experienced artistic staff. 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
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.
UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT
Members will be provided necessary wardrobe to be worn during performances and logoed polos for travel, as well as heavy-duty clothing bags for transporting costumes. Members may be required to purchase additional wardrobe for travel and performance as directed. Additional wardrobe information will be provided before the start of camp. All players will be expected to furnish their own instruments and to keep them in proper playing condition at all times.
EXPECTATIONS AND POLICIES
Rules and policies will be made in the best interest of the member and the organization. Each member is an official goodwill ambassador of the State of Wisconsin, and because of this unique distinction a great measure of self-discipline must be exercised at all times on and off stage. Infraction of any rules, regulations, policies or standards set forth by the KIDS organization will result in consequences, including but not limited to loss of privileges, reprimand and possible dismissal.
Members will be required to furnish a Medical/Health certificate signed by a licensed physician that he or she is able to take part in strenuous stage and dance routines and rigorous and frequent bus travel. Certificates must be submitted to the KIDS office prior to reporting date.