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Auditions for Disney’s Newsies
Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Jack Feldman.
Book by Harvey Fierstein.
Pioneer Theatre Company will produce Disney’s Newsies, the long-running Disney hit, and winner of the 2012 Tony for Best Musical Score. PTC’s production will be in our traditional holiday slot.
Artistic Director Karen Azenberg will direct and choreograph this production. Tom Griffin is musical directing.
Audition and Callback Dates:
Singing auditions will be held on Friday, August 18, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. is reserved for Actors Equity Association members ONLY. Callbacks will be held Saturday, September 16, 2017, by invitation only.
Dance auditions for male dancers ONLY will be held on Friday, August 25, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Callbacks will be held Saturday September 16, 2017 by invitation only. Members of Actors’ Equity Association will be seen first.
Rehearsal and Performance Dates:
Rehearsal dates for the production are November 6 – November 30, 2017; performance dates are December 1 through December 16, 2017, with a possible extension through December 23rd.
All auditions will be held in Room 245 at Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. Singing audition slots are three minutes. A headshot and resume are recommended.
Singing auditions: Please prepare a contemporary musical theatre selection that shows your vocal range.
Dance auditions: Be prepared to dance; bring a 16-bar vocal selection if you have one – NOT REQUIRED.
All roles are available. Auditioners must come in to sign up on the callboard in Room 325 at the Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. The sign-up sheet for BOTH auditions will be posted on Friday, August 11, 2017.
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Newsies Character Breakdown
JACK – Male, 19 – 30 years old. Handsome, passionate and charismatic leader of the Newsies. A street-smart kid with a dark artistic soul right beneath the bluster. Not a blowhard. Must have a great pop tenor voice.
DAVEY – Male, 18 – 25 years old, Caucasian. A thinker. Raised in a home, unlike the other Newsies, Davie is the book-smart counterpoint to the other boys. The voice of reason. A nice Jewish boy. Must have a great contemporary tenor voice.
LES – Male, 10 -12 years old, Caucasian. The fearless kid brother of Davey. Excited by everything the world has to offer and eager to join in the adventure. Fun is this kid’s middle name. Must sing really well.
CRUTCHIE – Male, 19-25 years old, any ethnicity. A slight, sickly boy with a huge heart. He walks with the aid of a crutch due to a bad leg, but that doesn’t hold him back from being right in the middle of any mischief. A real charmer.
JOSEPH PULITZER – Male, 40s, Caucasian. The boisterous forefather of Wm. F. Buckley Jr, Glenn Beck and Rupert Murdoch. An on-point, know-it-all politician. Impolite and impatient with the world. Must sing well.
KATHERINE PLUMBER – Female, 19 – 25 years old. The strong-willed daughter of Pulitzer. This young lady drips smarts, opinions and confidence. A young Katharine Hepburn or Ellen Page. This damsel needs no prince to save her. Must have a great pop/contemporary musical theater voice with a high belt.
MEDDA – Female, 40s – 60s, any ethnicity. A vaudeville star of the Bowery variety. Risque, tough, with a big voice and GREAT comic delivery.
NEWSIES – age 18-32, any ethnicity. Must dance extremely well. 5’11” and under. Singing a plus; tumbling a plus. Should attend the dance call on August 25th.
FEMALE ENSEMBLE – age 20-35. any ethnicity. Must sing and move well. Should attend the singer call on August 18th.
CHARACTER MALE ENSEMBLE – age 40-65. Must sing and act well and be able to play multiple roles. Should attend singer call on August 18th.
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