Auditions – “Newsies”

Newsies

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Based on the Disney film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White.

Production Team

Director:  Jay Lewis
Assistant Director:  Jennifer Nickell
Music Director:  Caitlan Leblo
Choreographer:  Eden Barrus
Stage Manager:  Whitney Shearon
Assistant Stage Manager:  Sarah Pruetz

Performances

June 7 – July 7, 2024

Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm

Rehearsals

  • Rehearsals will begin Monday, April 29, 2024.
  • Typically, rehearsals will be Mondays-Thursdays from 7-10pm and Saturdays from 9am-12pm.
  • Tech Week rehearsals on June 3-6, 2024, will be Monday-Thursday and will begin at 6pm.
  • There may be a Q2Q rehearsal on Sunday, June 2, 2024.

Benefits

  • Limited actor stipends are available for specific roles; stipends typically range from $100-$400.
  • An allotment of comp tickets is available for family and friends.
  • Housing is available upon request.

Auditions

Monday and Tuesday, April 22-23, 2024

Please sign up for an audition slot at the signup website below.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0448ACA92BA4FB6-48853001-newsies

Auditions will include you singing 32 bars from a song in the style of the show and may include cold readings from the script.  Accompaniment will NOT be provided so please bring musical track to connect with our audio system.  Please bring a headshot and acting resume if available.

If unable to audition in person, you may submit a video audition through the form below.  Video submissions must be received by 11:59pm on Sunday, April 21.

https://forms.gle/y8XQ1LFGNFsYe4AT7

Callbacks

If needed and by invitation only

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Granbury Opera House, 133 E. Pearl Street, Granbury, TX 76048

PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right!
 
DISNEY’S NEWSIES is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

CHARACTER LISTING

Jack Kelly – The charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies, is an oprhaned dreamer and artist who yearns to get out of the crowded streets of New York and make a better life for himself out West. Fiercely protective of his best friend, Crutchie, and strongly loyal, Jack isn’t afraid to use his voice to attain better conditions for the working kids of New York City. Though living on the streets has given him a tough-guy exterior, Jack has a big heart and can demonstrate a sweet vulnerability – especially when it comes to bantering with a certain female reporter. Must have a great pop tenor voice and sense of physicality.
Gender: Male | Age: 16 to 20 | Vocal range top: A4 | Vocal range bottom: Bb2
 
Katherine Plumber – An ambitious young reporter, works hard to make a name for herself as a legitimate journalist in a time when women aren’t taken seriously. Quick, funny, and resourcesful, she boldy captures the voice of a new generation rising in her coverage of the newsies’ strike. While she generally has no time for cocky, streetwise young men, she makes an exception for Jack Kelly. Though she only has a brief dance solo in “King of New York,” Katherine should have a great contemporary pop voice with a high belt – diction is key.
Gender: Female | Age: 17 to 20 | Vocal range top: F5 | Vocal range bottom: A3
 
Davey – Les’s straight-laced, bright big brother starts selling newspapers to help his family earn a living, but becomes swept up in the fervor of the strike. A leader in his own right who is learning to use his voice to uplift others, Davey is the brains of the resistance.
Gender: Male | Age: 15 to 20 | Vocal range top: A4 | Vocal range bottom: D3
 
Les – Davey’s cheeky younger brother, is inspired by the freedom of the newsies and loves their independent lifestyle. A precocious and natural newsie, Les is an intuitive salesboy and a pint-sized charmer. He should present as younger than the other newsies.
Gender: Male | Age: 10 to 15 | Vocal range top: Bb3 | Vocal range bottom: Db3
 
Crutchie – A dedicated newsie with a bum leg that’s painful, but helps sell more papes. Though he walks with the assistance of a crutch, Crutchie doesn’t let it define him; when in a jam, Jack Kelly’s best friend relies on a goofy- sweet sense of humor and optimistic resilience. Crutchie is the heart of the resistance. Though his movement will suggest his bum leg, Crutchie should still be included in the dance numbers.
Gender: Any | Age: 13 to 17 | Vocal range top: A4 | Vocal range bottom: C3
 
Joseph Pulitzer – A pompous businessman through and through, owns the World and is concerned solely with the bottom line. Katherine’s no-nonsense father, Pulitzer doesn’t sympathize with the strikers, but he does eventually – and grudgingly – respect Jack.
Gender: Male | Age: 35 to 50 | Vocal range top: F4 | Vocal range bottom: C3
 
Medda Larkin – Inspired by vaudeville performer Aida Overton Walker, this big-voiced saloon singer and star of the Bowery offers her theater as a safe haven for the newsies. An astute entertainer with great comic delivery, she’s a good friend to Jack and stands firmly behind the newsies in their fight for justice.
Gender: Female | Age: 25 to 45 | Vocal range top: E5 | Vocal range bottom: F3
 
Spot Conlon – The proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an intimidating reputation and a short singing solo in “Brooklyn’s Here.”
Gender: Any | Age: 17 to 20
 
Newsies Including Albert, Buttons, Elmer, Finch, Henry, Ike, Jo Jo, Mike, Mush, Race, Romeo, Specs, Splasher, and Tommy Boy, are some of the hard-working kids of New York City that go on strike for a livable wage.
Gender: Male | Age: 13 to 20
 
Wiesel – Or “Weasel,” runs the distribution window for the World and knows most of the newsies by name. Assisted by the intimidating Delancey brothers, who keep order by any means necessary, Wiesel is Pulitzer’s disgruntled paper- pusher.
Gender: Male | Age: 35 to 50
 
Oscar and Morris Delancey – Tough brothers who work at the distribution window for the World, take the side of the publishers in the strike and are known to use their fists to make a point.
Gender: Male | Age: 15 to 20
 
Governor Teddy Roosevelt – A well-respected lifelong public servant, inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer.
Gender: Male | Age: 50 to 65
 
Seitz – Editor, advises Pulitzer, but ultimately admires the kids’ newspaper.
Gender: Any
 
Bunsen – Pulitzer’s bookkeeper, comes up with the ideas to raise the newsies’ price per paper.
Gender: Any | Age: 35 to 50
 
Hannah – Pulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary.
Gender: Female | Age: 20 to 40
 
Nunzio – Pulitzer’s barber.
Gender: Male | Age: 30 to 50
 
Snyder – The crooked and sinister warden of The Refuge, a filthy and horrible orphanage, is concerned only with catching enough kids to keep his government checks coming.
Gender: Any | Age: 45 to 65
 
Ensemble (including Scabs, Goons, Nuns, Bowery Beauties & Others)