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Singing Opportunities for Kids in "Disney's Newsies Jr."

Boonville, NY, United States
ID: 569243Exp: 6/11/2024

Youth ages 8-18 are invited to audition for 2024 summer youth musical, "Disney's Newsies." Please see the details below. About the project: Disney's Newsies JR. is a 60-minute version of the 2012 Broadway musical, based on the 1992 film. Inspired by the rousing true story of newsboys in turn-of-the-century New York City, Newsies JR. features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. When powerful newspaper publishers raise prices at the newsboys' expense, the charismatic Jack Kelly rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions. Together, the newsies learn that they are stronger and united and create a movement to fight for what's right. Additional info: No experience is necessary, and no prepared material is expected. There will be a short dance audition as well, so wear appropriate footwear. It would be beneficial to familiarize yourself with the music by listening ahead of time. June 13 is reserved for callbacks. If interested, please apply.

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Jack KellyMale8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

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 very loyal, Jack isn’t afraid to use his voice to attain better conditions for the working kids of New York City. Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: B3

LesMale8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

Davey’s cheeky younger sibling, is excited by the newsies’ freedom and loves their independent lifestyle. This pint-sized charmer should present as younger than the other newsies Vocal range top: F4 Vocal range bottom: B3

CrutchieBoth genders8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

Jack’s best friend and a dedicated newsie with a “bum leg” from polio that causes pain, but helps sell more papes. Walking with the assistance of a crutch doesn’t define the ever-positive newsie, so look for an actor who can portray Casey’s goofy-sweet sense of humor and optimistic resilience. Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: A3

DaveyMale8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

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, cast a strong actor and singer who can lead “Seize the Day” while smartly portraying the brains of the resistance. Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: B3

Katherine PlumberFemale8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

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, Katherine should be a strong singer with excellent diction for her showstopping number, “Watch What Happens.” Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Medda LarkinFemale8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

Inspired by the African- American vaudeville performer, Aida Overton-Walker, A big-voiced singer and star of the Bowery (see the “Dramaturgy” document in Downloadable Resources). A proud supporter of the newsies, she offers her theater as a safe haven for their revolution. Look for a performer who can portray this astute entertainer with great comic delivery, while standing firmly behind the newsies in their fight for justice. Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: G3

WieselMale8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

Aka “Weasel”. A disgruntled paper-pusher who uses the Delancey brothers as his muscle, runs distribution for the World and has little patience or sympathy for the newsies. Feel free to incorporate this actor into the newsies ensemble when possible.

Joseph PulitzerMale11-18 y.o.All ethnicities

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. For this non-singing role, cast a strong actor with a sharp and imposing presence.

BunsenBoth genders8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

Pulitzer’s bookkeeper who helps Pulitzer come up with the idea to raise the newsies’ price per paper.

HannahFemale8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

Pulitzer’s secretary who is a clever advocate for the newsies.

PatMale8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

An efficient stage manager who introduces Medda’s act.

Governor Teddy RooseveltMale8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

A well-respected lifelong public servant who inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer. Cast an actor with the ability to portray the maturity and stature of this well- respected leader.

SnyderMale8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

The crooked warden of The Refuge. A filthy and horrible juvenile reformatory, is concerned only with catching enough kids to keep their government checks coming. Look for an actor who can evoke an imposing and sinister presence.

SeitzBoth genders8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

The editor of the World who advises Pulitzer, but ultimately admires the kids’ newspaper.

BillMale8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

Katherine’s upperclass friend whose parents own the New York Journal and help the newsies print the Newsies Banner.

DorothyFemale8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

Katherine’s upperclass friend whose parents own the New York Tribune and help the newsies print the Newsies Banner.

DarcyMale8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

A photographer who works with Katherine.

OscarMale8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

Morris DelanceyBoth genders8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

NEWSIESBoth genders8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

RACEBoth genders8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

ALBERTBoth genders8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

MURIELBoth genders8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

NANCYBoth genders8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

SPECSBoth genders8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

PIGTAILSBoth genders8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

HAZELMale8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

BUTTONSBoth genders8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

TOMMY BOYBoth genders8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

ROMEOMale8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

JO JOBoth genders8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

Newsies’ CUSTOMERSBoth genders8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

Citizens of New YorkBoth genders8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

WOMANFemale8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

BOWERY BRIGADEBoth genders8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

ADABoth genders8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

OLIVEBoth genders8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

ETHELBoth genders8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

POLICE OFFICERSBoth genders8-18 y.o.All ethnicities

WORKING CHILDRENBoth genders8-18 y.o.All ethnicities