Kohl's Wild Theater

Winter-spring 2017 is filling up fast, and summer 2017 booking is now open. Book your show now!

Outreach into the Community

The Zoological Society and Kohl’s Cares have partnered to bring you Kohl’s Wild Theater, which provides conservation-themed theater performances using drama, songs, and puppetry. Performances, which may be scheduled within a one-hour radius of the Milwaukee County Zoo, are free of charge.

Festivals, community events and school assemblies make great venues for Kohl’s Wild Theater performances, which are family-friendly and age-appropriate for grade-school children.

The Congo Code

Cameron, played by actor James Carrington, tries to talk to a bonobo named Li'l Dude in Kohl's Wild Theater's original production "The Congo Code." The bonobo puppet is operated by Samantha Sostarich and Marcus Beyer.


  • Kohl’s Wild Theater is a completely contained performance group. We provide our own sound equipment and the necessary materials for the show. All we need is a working electrical outlet and stage space of at least 18 by 20 feet.
  • Outdoor stage space needs to be covered and have flooring or pavement. We cannot perform on grass or dirt.
  • Performances can be booked, free of charge, within a one-hour radius of the Milwaukee County Zoo.
  • Performances are typically 30-45 minutes in length with time included for questions from the audience.
  • Minimum audience of 100 is suggested for school performances. (Or all-school assembly for schools with fewer than 100 students).
  • The actors require approximately one hour before and after the performance for set-up and tear-down

Questions? Review our frequently asked questions (FAQ).

Check out our video to learn more about Kohl’s Wild Theater.

Performance Series for June 2016-August 2017

Click on the links below to view performance descriptions.

Performances are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Brittany at 414-258-2333 or to check available dates. Request a performance.

If you would like to attend a performance at a festival or public event near you, check out the calendar of public performance bookings here.

Teachers: The Zoological Society offers several school programs that complement Kohl's Wild Theater show themes.

Zoological Society of MilwaukeeKohl's Cares