AUDITIONS: Disney's Newsies the Musical
Sunday, August 25th
Monday, August 26th
Auditions will take place on the Opera House Main Stage
Show Dates: November 8, 9, 15 at 7:30pm; November 10, 16, 17 at 2:00pm
Sunday, August 25
1pm: Adults Music Only
2pm: Jack, Katherine, Delancey Brothers, Newsboys Music
Dance auditions for all to follow music auditions.
Monday, August 26
6pm: Jack, Katherine, Delancey Brothers, Newsboys Music
Dance auditions for all to follow music auditions.
(Adults may sing at 6pm if unable to attend Sunday's audition.)
Audition Materials (Click to download)
Accents: Students who watch the movie or listen to the Broadway soundtrack will notice that many characters speak with a New York accent. Actors are welcome to use an accent when they audition, but it is not required. Because the characters in the story can be portrayed as coming from a variety of places in America and beyond, we will decide on each character’s “voice” (including accent) for performance once the roles are cast.
Genders: The lead roles in this show are overwhelmingly male characters. Because this story is based on an actual historical event, and nearly all newsies were male, we will still be costuming all newsies as “boys,” but most roles (as noted below) are available for performers of any gender.
JACK KELLY – (20-35) Male, sings solo, many lines, some dancing, stage combat. The charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies, is an orphaned 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. Jack has a tough-guy exterior with 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. Vocal range: A4 - Bb2
CRUTCHIE – (16-25) male, sings solo, many lines, character dancing feature, stage combat. 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 number. Vocal range: A4 - C3
DAVEY – (16-25) male, sings solo, many lines, some dance. 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. Vocal range: A4 – D3
LES (9 – 13) sings solo, many lines, featured dancer. 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 sales boy and a pint-sized charmer. He should present as younger than the other newsies. Gender: male/female Vocal range: Bb3 - Db3
OTHER NEWSIES: (14 to 28) male OR female playing male, solos, lines, lots of dance, stage combat. The core group of newsies who work the same neighborhoods as Jack, Crutchie, Davey, and Les, these hard-working kids function as a family that cares for and helps one another. Many of them are orphans, have families outside of NY who they send their money to, or have such poor families that they can’t live at home, so they become “roommates” with the other newsies as well as close friends. There are 14 newsies in Jack’s “Gang”: Albert, Buttons, Elmer, Finch, Henry, Ike, Jo Jo, Mike, Mush, Race, Romeo, Specs, Splasher, and Tommy Boy. Performers in these roles must create unique and specific characters with physical and vocal details that distinguish them from the other newsies.
FRIENDS AND ALLIES OF THE NEWSIES (ensemble included):
KATHERINE PLUMMER (20-35) - 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 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. Vocal range top: F5 - A3
(This role has already been cast, unavailable for auditions) MEDDA LARKIN (25 to 45)- 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. Vocal range top: E5 - F3
SPOT CONLON (17-20) - The proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an intimidating reputation and a short singing solo in “Brooklyn’s Here.” Gender: M/F
MR(S) JACOBI - male or female, several lines, no singing or dance This role may be played with an accent of the actor’s choice, and the character can be portrayed as a first-generation immigrant to NY. Allows the newsies to congregate in his restaurant to plan their strike – when he doesn’t have any paying customers, that is.
STAGE MANAGER female or male, does not sing, some lines, no dance. The Stage Manager of Medda Larkin’s club and also the MC of her show, running the backstage are and introducing performers on the stage. This performer must be able to switch from a practical, efficient SM personality to an energetic and entertaining ‘host of the show’ when they are “on stage” at the club.
DARCY AND BILL male / female, some lines, some dance Other publisher’s children who help Katherine break in to use the basement printing press to print the newsies’ paper. These actors will double in other roles.
MAYOR OF NEW YORK male, some lines, no singing or dance. The Mayor of New York City rebuffs Pulitzer’s attempts to shut down the newsies’ strike. This performer will double in other roles.
GOVERNOR TEDDY ROOSEVELT male, some lines, no singing or dance A well-respected lifelong public servant, inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer. This performer will double in other roles.
PULITZER AND HIS STAFF (ensemble included):
JOSEPH PULITZER male OR female playing male, sings solos, many lines, no dance Vocal range top: F4 - C3. A pompous businessman through and through, owns the World (a major NY newspaper) 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. 3
WIESEL male OR female playing male, sings ensemble only, several lines, no dance 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, and requires an exaggerated, cartoonish vocal and physical performance.
OSCAR AND MORRIS DELANCY male OR female playing male, several lines, no dance, stage combat 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. These roles require two performers who work together well with good comic timing, but can also be physically intimidating. Although they do not dance, these roles still require a strong physical performance with excellent self-control for stage combat sequences.
SEITZ male OR female playing male, small solo, some lines, limited dance An editor at the World who advises Pulitzer, but ultimately admires the newsies’ paper.
BUNSEN male OR female playing male, small solo, some lines, limited dance Pulitzer’s bookkeeper, comes up with the ideas to raise the newsies’ price per paper.
HANNAH female, small solo, some lines, limited dance Pulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary.
NUNZIO male OR female playing male, does not sing, some lines, character movement feature Pulitzer’s barber, who is trying to cut Pulitzer’s hair during the song The Bottom Line and the scene prior. This role requires a strong physical comedy performance. Italian accent optional.
SNYDER male or female, several lines, no dance 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. Though he doesn’t work for Pulitzer, he’s happy to team up with him to take down the newsies and get his hands on Jack. This role requires a strong physical and vocal character performance.
ENSEMBLE: Strong singing voices and an ability to hold their melody while other performers sing counterpoint. Additional features in dance, solos, and lines will be cast from among the ensembles.
BROOKLYN NEWSIES male and female playing male, sing ensemble, dance feature Spot Conlon’s gang, the Brooklyn newsies are feared, admired, and respected by the other newsies city-wide. When they add their support to the strike in their feature number Brooklyn’s Here, they cause a waterfall effect that brings every other newsie in the city on board.
SCABS male and female playing male, sing ensemble, some dance, some stage combat Newsies from other boroughs brought in to “break” the strike. Instead, they throw down their papers and become new members of Jack Kelly’s gang.
THE BOWERY BEAUTIES female, sing ensemble, dance feature A small group of dancers who join Medda Larkin on stage. Vaudeville-style dancers, these performers must have strong, sharp dance skills, big facial expressions, and be strong singers.
NUNS female, small ensemble singing feature A small group of nuns who offer free breakfast to hungry newsies. These performers must have strong singing voices and an ability to hold their melody while other performers sing counterpoint.
GOONS male and female, stage combat Hired thugs that join the Delanceys to rough up the newsies at the end of Act I. Students in these roles must demonstrate excellent physical self-control and strong physical acting.
POLICEMEN/GUARDS male OR female playing male, stage combat Cops that show up during the strike riot. At first the newsies think the cops are there to help them, but the police join the fight on the Snyder’s side and begin arresting newsies and taking them away. The guards who throws Jack, Davey, and Les out of the building when they try to get in to see Pulitzer.
MANHATTAN, FLUSHING, RICHMOND, WOODSIDE, AND BRONX NEWSIES male and female, sing ensemble, dance Newsies from every other corner of the city that assemble to join the strike.
KIDS AT THE REFUGE male and female, physical performance only. Kids who are incarcerated at the Refuge along with Crutchie.
PHOTOGRAPHER- Takes the triumphant photo of the newsies at the end of “Seize the Day.”
MAYOR - The Mayor of New York City rebuffs Pulitzer’s attempts to shut down the newsies’ strike.
General Information about auditioning and performing at Waterville Opera House:
Announcements: Auditions will be announced on this page, the WOH email newsletter, and on Facebook. Character descriptions and audition materials will be available on this page. Please note the audition location as that can change depending on the show.
Auditioning: Candidates must fill out an audition form to be turned in to the production team. Candidates may also receive an audition number and be required to have their photo taken upon arrival. Please have your scheduling conflicts available. Candidates should review the audition materials and come prepared to perform as an individual and in group work.
Musicals: Auditions will likely involve singing, book work, and dancing. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
Children: Depending on the show, there may be a specific audition time for children only. ALL parents will be required to wait outside of the audition space as part of the audition is proving to the production team that your child can take direction without a parent present.
Rehearsals: Performing in a show at the Waterville Opera House requires a big time commitment. Performers should be prepared for 3-4 rehearsals per week (often 6:30pm-9pm on weekdays, and a weekend day). A detailed Rehearsal Schedule will be published once the cast has been finalized. Rehearsals will take place at the Opera House Dance Studio in the Hathaway Creative Center (10 Water St, Waterville). Due to limited rehearsal space, parents will be asked to wait in the Hathaway lobby during rehearsals.
Tickets: Each performer receives 2 complimentary tickets to the production. Performers should call our Box Office to reserve comp tickets.
Performer Responsibilities: WOH performers are required to provide their own undergarments, shoes, and basic hair and makeup products.
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