Choreographer needed for Xanadu

Anoka Middle School for the Arts (AMSA) Theater is currently looking to hire experienced guest Choreogrpaher for its spring production of Xanadu JR . 

The artists we are looking to hire should not only have experience in their art form, but ideally also experienced working with youth.

AMSA is a nationally recognized and award-winning arts middle school located in the heart of Anoka. Each year it produces four full-scale productions in its 900-seat auditorium. The program strives to consistently exceed audience’s expectations by providing them high quality and entertaining theater. The program also works towards providing its young artists a semi professional theater experience by partnering them with professional theater artists from the Twin Cities. We set a high standard for our students and our students rise to the challenge! To learn more about our program visit  Though I try and anticipate any questions that you might have  in the job description, if there is anything I missed that you have questions about please do not hesitate to contact me.


AMSA realizes that the stipends are not as high as we would ideally like to be able to offer our artists or what some other companies offer, however we strive to make our program accessible to students of all income levels be keeping the program free to students. Many like school programs charge students $100-$150 per show to participate and we are fortunate enough to have managed to keep it a FREE program! This is achieved through a large volunteer base and having to keep artists stipends lower.



The Choreographer is responsible for choreographing the musical numbers then teaching the cast the choreographer.  They are then responsible for making sure that the cast learns the choreography and that it is strong and polished by the shows' opening.  Because of the age of the performers, we have found it works best when the choreographer arrives to dance rehearsal with their musical numbers fully choreographed and specifically planned out. Middle schoolers don't do well with lots of down time or waiting for the choreographer to decide what they want to do next with the movement. Typically when we rehearse we start working on choreography towards the end of the second week of the rehearsal process then focus heavily on it in the middle of the reheasal schedule and polish throughout until the end.  The rehearsal schedule is located towards the bottom half of this classified.  The Choreographer is expected to attend the second Saturday rehearsal and ideally the entire final week of rehearsals.  The director will work directly with you and the Vocal Director to come up with a specific rehearsal schedule.  Both the musicals will be using tracked music.  Xanadu JR is through Music Theater International and all the tracks are on CD that does not allow for any adjustments by the vocal director, however the music is specifically adjusted for young voices.  Xanudu JR features 1980s music and 1980s style dancing.

Stipend is $750 .



Xanadu JR February 27th to April 12th from 3:10pm-5:00pm (Mondays through Thursdays) then April 16th through the 19th from 3:10pm-6:00pm.  There are two Saturday rehearsals from 8am-Noon on March 3rd and April 14th. Performances are April 20th from April 29th.   

Please send cover letter and resume the AMSA Theater Department Chair Jefferson Fietek at [email protected] Please specifiy which show or shows you are applying for. Again, please let me know if you have any questions!

Contact information

Anoka Middle School for the Arts
Jefferson Fietek
(612) 281-9577
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Tuesday, December 26
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