Broadway Kidz Wisconzin with Baraboo Theatre Guild and Al. Ringling Theatre Friends will be holding auditions for Annie, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Chamin and book by Thomas Meehan. Annie is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Auditions for Annie will be held at the Baraboo Masonic Center, 108 2nd Ave., Baraboo, WI 53913, Monday, June 4 at 5:00 pm for ALL CHILDREN (will last no longer than 2 hours) and 7 – 10 pm for ALL ADULT ROLES and Tuesday, June 5 at 5:00 pm for ALL CHILDREN (will last no longer than 2 hours) and 7 – 10pm for ALL ADULT  ROLES. Callbacks will be Wednesday, June 6 at 6:00 pm. CHILDREN should be ready to sing at 5:00 pm. Those auditioning for ADULT ROLES please call 608-617-3653 to schedule an audition. 

Those auditioning should arrive on time and come prepared to sing 24 bars of a song of their choice that shows their vocal range. Bring your own sheet musicAn accompanist will be provided. Please bring a brief resume’ and headshot (if available) along with your calendar so you can list ALL conflicts. Dress comfortably for a brief dance/movement audition. All roles are available. Casting is open and newcomers are welcome and encouraged. 

Annie, directed and choreographed by Michael Stanek will be presented at The Al. Ringling Theatre July 13 – 15 and July 20 – 22. The rehearsal process begins on Saturday, June 9, 2012. 



 2012 SEASON


Broadway Kidz Wisconzin inconjunction with Baraboo Theatre Guild and Al. Ringling Theater



 July 2012

at the Al Ringling Theatre! 


Broadway Kidz Wisconzin



August 2012

at the Capitol Theater, Overture Center for the Arts!








On the Aisle: Teenage 'RENT' does a terrific tango

Lindsay Christians | Posted: Friday, August 6, 2010 11:00 am | (2) Comments


buy this photo Broadway Kidz Wisconzin presents 'RENT' in the Overture Center Playhouse with a slightly scrubbed script and a cast of kids in their teens. The show runs through Aug. 8, 2010. Broadway Kidz Wisconzin



What: Broadway Kidz Wisconzin presents "RENT" by Jonathan Larson

Where: Playhouse Theatre, Overture Center, 201 State St.

When: Friday and Saturday, Aug. 6-7 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-8, at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $20 general admission

Info: Overture box office, 258-4141;

"La Vie Boheme" may just be one of the best numbers to come out of Broadway ... ever.

Musically, the Act I closer of Jonathan Larson's "RENT" is like a steamroller, the sort of thing you want to jump on the bed and play air guitar to. It's funny, with references to everything from handcrafted beer to "passion ... when it's new."

And lyrically, "La Vie Boheme" is smart. Who are Pablo Neruda and Vaclav Havel and Carmina Burana? What does entropy mean? At 17, I didn't know -- and not to be snide, but I doubt much of the cast in Broadway Kidz Wisconzin's current production does either.

I had my doubts about a "cleaned up" version of Larson's work about AIDS, drugs and the Bohemian life performed by Broadway Kidz (I confess, those "z's" irritate the business out of me). But when I swung by the Playhouse Thursday evening to see a little bit of the show, I was pleasantly surprised.

I figured the kids would be talented -- I attended the Tommy Awards, after all, and was wowed more than once by those young performers. Also I think I was told three or four times how many auditioned (74) versus how many were cast (24). The ones who made it in to director Michael Stanek's cast are hyper-enthusiastic, throwing themselves into the material with abandon. 

Singing seems to be the most difficult thing; even for some leading performers, songs sound tentative and staying on pitch is a constant challenge. But these are all pretty young folks, so I'll stick to what I liked most about what I saw in Broadway Kidz's "RENT."

In no particular order:

  • The energy. In the first full-on number, the actors careen all over the stage like miniature explostions. It's frenetic and frantic, a total pump-you-up moment.
  • Bridgette Well is a fantastic Maureen, brazen and audacious. I never thought of it before, but even the grown-up Maureen acts like a young teenager, the way she pouts and flaunts. Bridgette just gets it -- she gets her.
  • As Roger, Jared Norton has my vote for the finest member of the cast, with a voice that will take him places. "One Song Glory" gave me chills, and his duet/meet-cute with Kaleigh Prange as Mimi is adorable. In a good way.
  • Dancing, dancing, dancing. If the singing is underpitch or the lighting isn't working, just wait a minute for the dancers to come out and all is redeemed. The choreography in "Santa Fe" is exceptional, the many levels a good fit for the performers and the text (the movements sometimes made me think of a hamster wheel, going nowhere, or a wagon wheel rolling out west).
  • The Tango Maureen. When Danny Well (as Mark) strikes his tango pose, I giggle aloud -- he seems so willfully geeky. Kianna Byrd holds her own in the song, too, making exasperated Joanne sound seriously near the end of her rope.

As I mentioned, the script is softened a little -- alcohol, so far as I could tell, is implied but not shown, though junkies do mime sniffing white powder off their palms. The worst curses turn into milder ones. Everyone is terribly concerned with how they look (there is much brushing away of hair) but these young actors do seem to have a sense of why they're singing what they're singing, notably in "Will I Lose My Dignity?" Their sense of pathos is better than some college productions I've seen.

Broadway Kidz Wisconzin's production of "RENT" runs through Sunday and the next show, "The Wedding Singer," has auditions in November and performances in January. I'm already looking foward to some sweet '80s dance tunes, complete with Stanek's fabulous moves.




January 17, 2011

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