Audition information:

Monday November 28 and Tuesday November 29 from 5-7pm

DCP’s Actor’s Lab, 20700 N. Main St., Cornelius.

Youth ages 8-20 are invited to audition.

Actors only need to attend one audition session. Those interested should bring a recent picture, resume or list of theatre experience, and a list of conflicts for the December- early February. In all cases, auditionees should arrive at the start of the appropriate audition and plan to stay for the entire session.

Auditionees should be prepared to bring sheet music and sing sixteen bars of a song; learn a short, choreographed dance routine and participate in cold readings from the script.

Performances dates are Jan 27- Feb 5. All performances will take place at Armour Street Theatre. Production and rehearsal details will be available at the audition. The production will be directed by Debbie Lauder with musical direction by Anne Beach.

 

*IN REGARDS TO GENDER: 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 likely be costuming all newsies as “boys,” but most roles in the show are available for performers of any gender.

DCP is typically open to gender-blind and re-gendered casting. You should audition for the roles you are attracted to, but please choose roles that best reflect your talents and your natural vocal range. Read the character descriptions and requirements below to see which character might suit you best.

The Connie Company also seeks teens and college students interested in working behind the scenes as student stage managers, running crew and technicians. Internship credit is available.

Contact Katie Mullis, Education Director at [email protected] for more information.

SYNOPSIS

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 united and create a movement to fight for what’s right. Including the now-classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies JR. is a timeless story full of spirit and heart.

 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

Jack Kelly

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.

Gender: Male, Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: B3

 

Katherine Plumber

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.

Gender: Female Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: A3

 

Crutchie/Casey

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

 

Davey

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

Gender: Male, Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: B3

 

Les

Davey’s cheeky younger sibling, is excited by the newsies’ freedom and loves their independent lifestyle.

Vocal range top: F4, Vocal range bottom: B3

 

Medda Larkin

Inspired by the African- American vaudeville performer, Aida Overton-Walker, A big-voiced singer and star of the Bowery. A proud supporter of the newsies, she offers her theater as a safe haven for their revolution.

Gender: Female, Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: G3

 

Joseph Pulitzer

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.

Gender: Male

 

Wiesel

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.

Gender: Male

 

Newsies

The hard-working kids of New York City who go on strike for a livable wage.

These include the following roles: Race, Albert, Muriel, Nancy, Specs, Pigtails, Hazel, Buttons, Tommy Boy, Romeo, Jo Jo, Scabs, Brooklyn Newsies, Spot Conlon

 

Darcy

A photographer who works with Katherine.

 

Dorothy

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

Gender: Female

 

Bill

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

Gender: Male

 

Working Children

Featured in “Once and For All,” they represent all of the other child laborers who receive the Newsies Banner and ultimately become a part of the children’s crusade.

 

Seitz

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

Bunsen

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

 

Hannah

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

Gender: Female

 

Snyder

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.

 

Governor Teddy Roosevelt

A well-respected lifelong public servant who inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer.

Gender: Male

 

Bowery Brigade

Includes the roles of the upbeat and charming Ada, Olive, and Ethel. A group of vaudeville performers in Medda’s act.

Gender: Female

 

Police Officers

Includes the role of the Police Chief. They intimidate the newsies and arrest Crutchie.

 

Pat

An efficient stage manager who introduces Medda’s act.