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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.
Saturday, November 5 10:00 - 5:00
Sunday, November 6: 1:00- 5:00
Call backs by invitation only, will be held the following weekend.
Come prepared to sing approximately 32 bars or approximately one minute of a song in the style of the show.
Please bring your accompaniment track on an mp3 device (iPod, iPhone, laptop). No accompanist will be provided and no acapella auditions will be allowed.
Please be prepared to connect to our speaker via Bluetooth. You may bring your own sound system if you like.
Please bring appropriate dancewear as you may be put through a dance audition depending on the role for which you are auditioning.
Canyon Theatre Guild/Studio; 24242 Main Street, Newhall, 91321
Rehearsals are scheduled weeknights from approximately 7:00-10:00.
Rehearsals begin as soon as the show is cast and run a few days a week through December 19 followed by a Break. Rehearsals will resume after the holidays on January 4, 2023.
Specific Rehearsal Dates TBD.
Performances start March 25 and run through April 30 with a possible hold over weekend May 6 & 7
You must be Covid Vaccinated.
ALL RACES/ETHNICITIES APPLY!
All ages are just a suggestion and will be adjusted to fit the needs of our casting.
JACK KELLY (Lead, Male able to play 17-25) - 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 is not 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.
KATHERINE PLUMBER (Lead, Female able to play 17-25) - An ambitious young reporter, works hard to make a name for herself as a legitimate journalist in a time when women are not 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.
JOSEPH PULITZER (Lead, Male, able to play 35-55) - A pompous businessman through and through, owns the World and is concerned solely with the bottom line. Katherine’s no-nonsense father, Pulitzer does not sympathize with the strikers, but he does eventually – and grudgingly – respect Jack.
CRUTCHIE (Supporting, Male able to play 17-25) - A dedicated newsie with a bum leg that is painful but helps sell more papes. Though s/he walks with the assistance of a crutch, Crutchie does not let it define him/her; 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 movement will suggest a bum leg, Crutchie should still be included in the dance numbers.
DAVY (Supporting, Male able to play 16-25) - Les’ 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.
LES (Supporting, Male, able to play 8-12) - 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 salesboy and a pint-sized charmer. He should present as younger than the other newsies.
SPOT CONLON (Supporting, Male or Female, able to play 17-20) - The proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an intimidating reputation and a short singing solo in “Brooklyn’s Here.”
DARCY (Supporting, Male or Female, able to play 15-20) - The upper-class kid of a publisher who sides with the newsies. Can double as a newsie.
BILL (Supporting, Male, able to play 15-25) - The son of William Randolph Hearst who joins the newsies' cause. Can double as a newsie.
WIESEL (Supporting, Male, able to play 35-50) - 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.
OSCAR & MORRIS DELANCEY (Supporting, Male, able to play 15-20) - 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.
SNYDER (Supporting, Male or Female, able to play 45-65) - The crooked and sinister warden of The Refuge, a filthy and horrible orphanage, is concerned only with catching enough kids to keep government checks coming.
MEDDA LARKIN (Supporting, Female, able to play 25-45) - 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.
MR. (or MRS.) JACOBI (Cameo, Male or Female, able to play 35-55) - Allows the newsies to congregate in the restaurant to plan their strike – when s/he doesn’t have any paying customers, that is.
MAYOR (Cameo, Male, able to play 45-60) - The Mayor of New York City rebuffs Pulitzer’s attempts to shut down the newsies’ strike.
GOVERNOR TEDDY ROOSEVELT (Cameo, Male, able to play 50-65) - A well-respected lifelong public servant, inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer.
THE NEWSIES: (Males & Females, able to play 13-25) - 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. Strong dancers who can sing well (jazz, ballet, tap, acrobatics/tumbling a plus).
SCABS - (Male & Female, able to play 13-20) - Three newsies who are hesitant to join the strike.
ENSEMBLE: (Male & Female) - Male and female singers for the ensemble and chorus specialty parts.
In the original Broadway production, the adult (non-newsie) ensemble comprised eight actors who doubled as indicated below. All other featured roles and understudies were cast from the ensemble of newsies. We may or may not choose to use the following breakdown…
FEMALE ENSEMBLE 1 - Nun / Hannah / Bowery Beauty
FEMALE ENSEMBLE 2 - Nun / Woman / Bowery Beauty
FEMALE ENSEMBLE 3 - Nun / Medda Larkin
MALE ENSEMBLE 1 - Wiesel / Stage Manager / Mr. Jacobi / Mayor
MALE ENSEMBLE 2 - Seitz
MALE ENSEMBLE 3 - Bunsen
MALE ENSEMBLE 4 - Nunzio / Guard / Policeman / Roosevelt
MALE ENSEMBLE 5 - Snyder