General Audition Information

    Singer/Dancers should bring a prepared selection to sing and a copy of the sheet music for the accompanist. It may be any song of your choosing. Please note that it is strongly preferred that you use a live accompanist (piano) for your audition. A professional accompanist will be available. You may bring your own accompanist, if you prefer. Please dress appropriately for an audition (no jeans, t shirts, etc.) You should also bring suitable clothing and appropriate shoes for the group dance audition. We suggest loose but not baggy dance attire, tights or dance pants and dance footwear preferred. Accomplished tappers should also bring tap shoes. You will have time to change for the dance audition.

    Instrumentalists auditioning must bring their own equipment including amplifiers where necessary and drum set. These will be available for those auditioning in Eau Claire. An acoustic piano will be provided, but keyboard players who have their own synthesizer or keyboard are welcome to bring it along. All instrumentalists will be required to play a prepared piece of choice and to sight-read. Please note that woodwind players must audition on both Alto and Tenor Saxophones, so please bring both with you. In addition, if you play clarinet or flute bring those instruments as well.

    There is a $20.00 processing fee to be paid at time of registration. If you have not provided a photo with your application please bring one to your audition. Either color or black and white is acceptable.

    The auditions will be held as scheduled, even in cases of severe weather. If for any reason there is a change in this policy, there will be a recorded message at 414-266-7067 on the day of your audition with the details. These are the only dates we will hold auditions. If you have a serious conflict, call us immediately at 414-719-3648 and we will try to accommodate you.

    We look forward to seeing you and break a leg!




    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 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.


    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.


    Selection for the limited number of positions will be on a competitive basis. Applicants must submit an online application form. Recommendations are strongly encouraged but not required. All applicants must submit a photo for identification purposes. Application must be received no later than January 10, 2015. There is a $20 audition fee that will be collected at the time of your audition.

    Vocalists/Dancers Openings exist for all voice parts-soprano, 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)
    • trumpet
    • woodwind (tenor and alto sax with clarinet and flute doubles)
    • keyboard/piano (with synthesizer knowledge important)
    • electric bass
    • guitar
    • 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.


    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.


    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 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.


    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.


    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.