Newsies

ABOUT THE SHOW

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.

AUDITION DATES: November 15-23, 2021

SHOW DATES: March 11-19, 2022

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THE STORY: 

New York City, 1899. Jack Kelly and his ragtag team of newsboys make a meager living selling newspapers on the city streets. But when the prices of “papes” are hiked and the newsies are hung out to dry, there is nothing left to do but “open the gates and seize the day!” Led by charismatic Jack and independent, young newspaper reporter Katherine Plummer, the Newsies form a union and organize a strike against the greedy publisher of the New York World. Can a group of idealistic newsboys win against a foe as powerful as acclaimed publisher Joseph Pulitzer? Inspired by the true story of the 1899 Newsboys Strike, Newsies is an ebullient, joyful, and entertaining musical capturing the strength that young people have when they join together and stand up against injustice.

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ON STAGE:

Singers / Actors / Dancers:

Students interested in being a lead, supporting or ensemble member will participate in a two part audition - solo singing/acting and group dance.  Students in this group are considered the main cast and will be in a variety of scenes as members of different ensemble groups and roles.  Rehearsals include weekly vocals and dance.  Leads, supporting characters and understudies will also have blocking and characterization rehearsals each week. These students should attend the Open Dance(11/17) and Open Singing/Acting (11/18) auditions.  Additionally, students with tap or tumbling skills should attend the appropriate audition on 11/19.  Finally, these students should all be prepared for Callbacks on 11/22.

Special Cast Opportunities in Newsies

Tumblers / Gymnasts: 

We are looking for members of the cast that can tumble and flip.  Students with these skills can either elect to be a part of the full cast as described above or solely participate as tumblers for the 2-3 songs where this is necessary.  This option will require a tumbling and dance audition and will limit the rehearsals to dance rehearsals and runs (approximately 1 rehearsal per week).  If this is the option you are selecting, be sure to write TUMBLING ONLY in the registration when asked for desired part.  Students should attend the Tumbling audition on 11/19.

Tap Dancers / Dancers:

We are looking for members of the cast that have experience in tap dance.  Students with this skill can either elect to be a part of the full cast as described above or solely participate as a tapper in the song King of New York.  This option will require a tap audition and a group vocal audition and will limit the rehearsal time to only those rehearsals for King of NY and runs (approximately 1 rehearsal per week).  If this is the option you are selecting, be sure to write TAP ONLY in the registration when asked for desired part.  Students should attend the Tap audition on 11/19.

Athletes/Students Leaders/Students with Limited Time:

Have you always wanted to be a star but your schedule didn't allow it?  We are looking for students who are interested in being a part of the musical this year as the Brooklyn Newsies - a special group of newsies that make an appearance in the second act of the show.  Students that are new to theater and don't have time to commit to the full cast can elect to audition for the Brooklyn Newsies.  The time commitment will be limited to approximately 1 rehearsal per week.  If this is the option you are selecting, be sure to write BROOKLYN NEWSIES in the registration when asked for desired part.  Students should attend the Brooklyn Newsies audition on 11/16 (date change).

Pit Orchestra:

Students who play an instrument can be involved in the musical by auditioning to become a member of the pit orchestra.  This year, we are looking for the following instruments: 

  1. REEDS: flute, pic, clarinet and sop sax

  2. Trumpet

  3. trombone/bass trombone

  4. Guitar

  5. Keyboard/Piano

  6. Violin 

  7. Cello 

  8. Bass guitar

  9. Percussion

  10. Drumset

Students should attend the pit audition on 11/16 (date change).

BEHIND THE SCENES

Construction / Engineering:

Students will work with our technical staff to design and construct the set for the show.  Students interested in architecture, engineering, and construction will find an exciting new way to utilize their talents and learn new skills.  Construction is typically 1-2 meeting per week through January and February.

Business / Marketing:

Students interested in management, accounting and marketing can become a part of our Marketing and House Management teams.  The marketing team is responsible for developing and implementing all public relations (both in school and out) for the show.  The House Management team works with our producer to manage fundraising efforts, compile and create the program book, manage ticket sales and overall organize the business side of the production.

Artists:

Students with an interest in art (drawing, painting, photography, 3D) can find a plethora of activity in the musical.  The main task for this group is scenic design - painting the set to set the mood.  Additionally, artists can get involved by helping with marketing artwork, creating projections where required, and creating/designing props for use in the show.

Fashion / Makeup:

Students interested in fashion and makeup can participate in the musical by becoming a member of the costume and/or makeup team.  The costume team measures, orders, creates, fits and alters costumes for each actor in the show.  The makeup team learns the craft of stage makeup and is responsible for doing the makeup on each performer prior to the performances.

Backstage Crew:

Backstage includes the shift crew, props crew and stage management.  The shift crew is responsible for moving all set pieces on and off stage.  The props crew locates and organizes props, as well as placing them where needed during the run of the show.  Stage management is responsible for coordinating all of the technical aspects and keeping the show running smoothly.

Lights / Sound:

Students in light and sound work with industry standard technology for sound and light.  Lighting students learn how to hang, aim and cable lights, as well as programming the lighting board and designing lighting plots.  Sound students learn how to manage and configure wireless and wired microphones, program scenes into the mixing board and work with actors to ensure microphones are working appropriately.

2010 - present

2010 - present