AUDITIONS FOR DISNEY'S NEWSIES

AUDITIONS FOR THE YAP PRODUCTION OF OUR TOWN

AUDITIONS FOR Disney’s 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

 

Directed by Jenny Ballard

Assistant Director: Brandon Guillory

Music Director: Jamie Leonard

Choreographer:  Dylon Hoffpauir

Tap Choreographer:  Natalie Baily Smith

Stage Manager:  Caty Steward

 

Rehearsals run April 7 – June 13, 2019
Performances run June 14 – 30, 2019
 
AUDITIONS
Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10 am – 4 pm
 
DANCE CALL
Sunday, February 3, 2019, 5 – 9 pm
 
CALLBACKS
Monday, February 4, 2019, 6 – 10 pm

 

AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! To sign up for auditions by calling the Box Office at (225) 924-6496.

 

Auditions will consist of 16-32 bars of a prepared song in the style of Disney’s NEWSIES.  Please make sure to have your sheet music bound in a binder or book.  No a cappella auditions.

 

Callbacks will consist of music and cold readings from Disney’s NEWSIES.

 

Scripts are available for checkout at the Box Office ($20 cash refundable deposit).

 

 

ABOUT THE SHOW

It's time to carry the banner on your stage with Disney's Newsies! 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!

Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.

 

 

CAST NEEDS

**Please note that TBR is interested in an ethnically diverse cast of all ages and backgrounds.**

 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

 

JACK KELLY

The charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies, Jack 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: 18 to 28

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: Bb2

 

CRUTCHIE

A dedicated newsie with a bum leg that’s painful, he 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: male or female

Age: 16 to 26

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: C3

 

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: 18 to 28

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: D3

 

LES

Davey’s cheeky younger brother, Les 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

 

KATHERINE PLUMBER

An ambitious young reporter, she works hard to make a name for herself as a legitimate journalist in a time when women aren’t taken seriously. Quick, funny, and resourceful, she boldly 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: 18 to 28

Vocal range top: F5

Vocal range bottom: A3

 

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 55

Vocal range top: F4

Vocal range bottom: C3

 

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 or female

Age: 13 to 28

 

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: 30 to 55

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: F3

 

SCABS

Three newsies who are hesitant to join the strike.

Gender: male or female

Age: 13 to 23

 

SPOT CONLON

The proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an intimidating reputation and a short singing solo in “Brooklyn’s Here.”

Gender: male or female

Age: 17 to 27

 

DARCY

The upper-class kid of a publisher who sides with the newsies. Can double as a newsie.

Gender: male or female

Age: 15 to 20

 

BILL

The son of William Randolph Hearst who joins the newsies' cause. Can double as a newsie.

Gender: male

Age: 15 to 25

 

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: 30 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: 18 to 28

 

SEITZ

Editor, advises Pulitzer, but ultimately admires the kids’ newspaper.

Gender: male or female

 

BUNSEN

Pulitzer’s bookkeeper, comes up with the ideas to raise the newsies’ price per paper.

Gender: male or female

Age: 35 to 55

 

HANNAH

Pulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary.

Gender: female

Age: 20 to 40

 

ENSEMBLE

Ensemble will plays Newsies, as well as the Bowery Beauties, Nuns, Mr. Jacobi, Guard, Policeman, Nunzio, Snyder, Mayor, Roosevelt and others

Gender: male and female

Age: 13 to 65

 

OFFSTAGE SINGERS

We are looking to cast additional offstage singers: Consisting of basses, baritones, tenors, and alto/contraltos that can sing in a tenor range.

 

Auditions are by appointment only! Please call the box office at 225.924.6496 to schedule your time today.

 

 

 

TBR’s Young Actors Program - OUR TOWN Auditions

 

Directed by Jack Lampert

 

January 5th, 10am – 1pm.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Please call the box office at 225-924-6496 to sign up for auditions.

 

Thornton Wilder’s, Pulitzer Prize winning play, Our Town, is an American Classic . It's the story of the fictional town of Grovers Corners in the early 20th century as told through the the lives of its citizens. It speaks of daily life, love, marriage, death and eternity.

 

Rehearsals will begin mid-January
Performances are March 14-17, 2019.
 
CAST BREAKDOWN

 

Stage Manager – a narrator, commentator, and guide through Grover's Corners. He joins in the action of the play periodically, as the minister at the wedding, the soda shop owner, a local townsman, etc., and speaks directly to Emily after her death.

 

Emily Webb – one of the main characters; we follow her from a precocious young girl through her wedding to George Gibbs and her early death.

 

George Gibbs – the other main character; the boy next door, a kind but irresponsible teenager who matures over time and becomes a responsible husband, father and farmer.

 

Frank Gibbs – George's father, the town doctor.

 

Julia (Hersey) Gibbs – George's mother. She dreams of going to Paris but doesn't get there. She saved $350 for the trip from the sale of an antique furniture piece but willed it to George and Emily. Dies while visiting her daughter in Ohio.

 

Charles Webb – Emily's father, Editor of the Grover's Corners Sentinel

 

Myrtle Webb – Emily and Wally’s mother.

 

This is a large ensemble show, and there are many roles to fill.

 

We will be auditioning ages 10-18

 

*If you are cast in Newsies, you STILL can be in Our Town – the productions will not overlap.

 

 

 

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