Blue Light Players Audition Packet Disney’sNewsies, based on the 1992 motion picture, features a score by eight-time Academy Award winnerAlan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by four-time Tony Awardwinner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy). While on Broadway, Newsies received 23major theatrical nominations – including eight Tony Award nods – and won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer CriticsCircle Awards for Score and Choreography.Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboyand leader of a ragged band of teenaged “newsies” who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of thestreets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at thenewsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.Newsies is inspired by the real-life “Newsboy Strike of 1899,” when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan andrunaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.Timely and fresh, the fictionalized adaptation of Newsies addresses age-old themes of social injustice, exploitativelabor practices and David-versus-Goliath struggles as the young learn to harness their power against a corruptestablishment.ADULT AUDITION DATES (Ages 14 )August 19th and August 20th6:00pm-7:00pmDance audition. Come prepared to dance, bring tap shoes, in addition to jazz shoes if youhave them.7:00pm-9:00pmVocal and reading auditions (requirements for each role are listed in packet)Please plan to arrive at 6pm, and stay until dismissed.YOUTH AUDITION DATE (Ages 8-13)August 19th Only3:00pm-5:00pmVocal/Dance audition. Come prepared to dance, bring tap shoes, in addition to jazzshoes if you have them.Please plan to arrive at 3pm, and stay until dismissed.Audition Location: 4538 Elizabeth Rd, Lansing, MI 48917NOTES ABOUT CASTING The roles of Katherine and Pulitzer have beenprecast. This is an Adult cast production. We will be castinga small ensemble of youth aged Newsies who willappear in a limited number of scenes. There is one role (Les) for a 10 year old boy. Thisrole will be double-cast, and we will considercasting a female in the role. Youth auditioning forthis role should attend the Youth Auditions. Anyyouth selected as a candidate for the role of Les willbe asked to attend the Adult Auditions as well. We will be casting a core group of technicaldancers. Anyone who wishes to audition strictly asa dancer may let us know at the auditions. There are many adult roles (non-Newsies) which doNOT require singing. We welcome non-singers toaudition for these roles.
PREPARING FOR AUDITIONS AND WHAT TO EXPECT AT AUDITIONSAudition Form: Download the audition form and bring a completed copy to the audition. If you are under theage of 18, a parent or guardian must sign your completed audition form. Make sure you answer all questions.Release Form: Download and bring completed copy to the audition. If you are under the age of 18, a parent orguardian must sign your completed Release Form.Photo: If you have a recent photo or headshot, please attach it to your audition form. Professional photos arenot required. If you do not have a photo, we will take a photo when you check-in for the auditions.Conflicts: Please circle all conflicts on the attached rehearsal schedule. We are able to plan around someconflicts. However, depending on the number of conflicts and when they occur, those conflicts may preventcasting in some roles, and possibly the production. We CANNOT plan around conflicts which are NOT listed atthe time of auditions.Music: Practice the music selection associated with the role(s) for which you are auditioning. An accompanistwill be provided. No acapella singing will be allowed.Sides: Read the posted sides and be prepared to read with other actors.Dance: Please bring the following shoes, if you own them: jazz or ballet shoes, and tap shoes. If you do notown dance shoes, please wear a pair of athletic shoes. We do NOT allow bare feet, slip-on shoes or sock feet inthe dance room at any time.Audition Rooms: The audition rooms are closed to spectators. Only people auditioning for the show will beallowed in the audition rooms.Vocal and Reading Auditions: Will take place in front of a panel who will be seated at a table. The panel willconsist of various members of the production team, including: director, music director, and choreographer.Things to Remember While You are Auditioning: We want you to succeed, so relax and have fun. You are “auditioning” from the moment you walk into the building, until the minute you leave. If you make a mistake, don’t worry. Everyone makes mistakes. What’s more important, is how you handlethe mistake.CAST MEMBER EXPECTATIONSRehearsal Schedule: We expect cast members to be on time for all of their scheduled rehearsal times. Being ontime means being in the rehearsal room, ready to go, at the start time. It does not mean walking into the buildingat the start time.Late Arrivals/Missed Rehearsals: Will be grounds for dismissal from the cast. We need everyone inattendance in order for the show to stay on schedule and be a success. We understand that emergencies mayarise, and we will work with cast members on an individual basis when these situations occur. However, castmembers are expected to honor their commitment to the rehearsal schedule once cast in the production.Dance Shoes: All cast members will be required to wear dance shoes in the production. The style of shoe willbe determined by the role in which you are cast. You will be expected to purchase the required shoes to wear inrehearsals, and during the performance.
CAST MEMBER EXPECTATIONS (continued)Costuming: Cast members will be expected to provide some minimal costuming pieces which are morepersonalized in nature, such as: tights, socks, undergarments, etc. However, the majority of the costuming willbe provided by the production.Undergarments: Dance belts are required for all males dancing in the production. A supportive bra/sports bra isrequired of all females in the production. Youth cast members will be expected to wear a nude colored camisole,and bike shorts under their costumes.Rehearsal Attire: Cast members will be expected to wear dance style attire to all rehearsals. Males may wearathletic pants, and t-shirts or tank tops. Females may wear yoga pants, jazz pants, t-shirts/tank tops, leotars,tights, bike shorts, etc. We need to be able to see your body, and you need to be able to move freely. Danceshoes must be worn at all times in the dance room. Bare feet, sock feet, and slip-on/flip-flop style street shoesare not allowed at any time.Script/Score: Cast members will be provided with an electronic copy of the both the script and score. Castmembers will be expected to print the entire script and bring it in a binder to each rehearsal. Cast members donot need to print the entire score. They may print only the songs in which they perform. All cast members needprinted copies of the materials.Volunteer Hours: Cast members, and parents of youth cast members, are required to volunteer 6 hours oftheir time in working on production related tasks, such as: costuming, set construction, props, etc. We needeveryone’s help to make this production a success.Parents: In addition to volunteer hours, we will need a Parent Monitor present at every rehearsal attendedby youth cast members. The Parent Monitor’s role is to sit in the hallway and be available to any youth castmember who may need to step out of the rehearsal room. The Parent Monitor will be responsible for any youthwho are not in the rehearsal room.Snack/Water Donation: Each cast members is required to donate a box of 24 fruit snacks, and a box of 18granola bars at the first rehearsal. These fruit snacks and granola bars will be used to provide snacks at eachrehearsal. After January 1st, each cast member is required to donate 1 case of 24 water bottles for cast memberus backstage at the theater, and for the concession stand.
ROLES AVAILABLE IN NEWSIESJack Kelly: The charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies, is an orphaned dreamer and artist who yearns toget out of the crowded streets of New York and make a better life for himself out West. Fiercely protective ofhis best friend, Crutchie, and strongly loyal, Jack isn’t afraid to use his voice to attain better conditions for theworking kids of New York City. Though living on the streets has given him a tough-guy exterior, Jack has a bigheart and can demonstrate a sweet vulnerability – especially when it comes to bantering with a certain femalereporter. Must have a great pop tenor voice and sense of physicality.Gender: MaleAge: 18-25 (may be older, and look this age)Vocal range top: A4Vocal range bottom: Bb2Audition Songs: “Santa Fe”Scene Readings: pp. 1 – 3, pp. 29 – 31, pp. 33 - 40 (Group Reading with Newsies)Crutchie: A dedicated newsie with a bum leg that’s painful, but helps sell more papes. Though he walks withthe assistance of a crutch, Crutchie doesn’t let it define him; when in a jam, Jack Kelly’s best friend relies ona goofy- sweet sense of humor and optimistic resilience. Crutchie is the heart of the resistance. Though hismovement will suggest his bum leg, Crutchie should still be included in the dance numbers.Gender: MaleAge: 18-25 (may be older, and look this age)Vocal range top: A4Vocal range bottom: C3Audition Songs: “Letter from the Refuge” Scene Readings: pp. 1 - 3Davey: Les’s straight-laced, bright big brother starts selling newspapers to help his family earn a living, butbecomes swept up in the fervor of the strike. A leader in his own right who is learning to use his voice to upliftothers, Davey is the brains of the resistance.Gender: MaleAge: 16-20Vocal range top: A4Vocal range bottom: D3 Audition Songs: “Seize the Day”Scene Readings: pp. 33 – 40Les: Davey’s cheeky younger brother, is inspired by the freedom of the newsies and loves their independentlifestyle. A precocious and natural newsie, Les is an intuitive salesboy and a pint-sized charmer. He shouldpresent as younger than the other newsies.We will be casting 2 actors in this role. Each actor will appear in 3 of the performances.Gender: Male (may cast a female, but play role as male)Age: 8-12Vocal range top: Bb3Vocal range bottom: Db3Audition Songs: “Carrying the Banner”Scene Reading: pp. 15 – 17
ROLES AVAILABLE IN NEWSIES (continued)Newsies: 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 livablewage.Gender: BothNewsies Age: 14 to 25 (must look this age)Audition Songs: “Seize the Day”Scene Readings: pp. 33 - 40Junior Newsies: A group of younger Newsies who dance and sing alongside the older Newsies as a JuniorNewsie ensemble. We will be casting a small ensemble of Junior Newsies who will be split into 2 performancegroups, with each group appearing in 3 performances. It is possible a Junior Newsie may be asked to appear inall 6 performances depending upon level of dance skill.Gender: BothAge: 8-13Audition Songs: “Seize the Day”Scene Readings: pp. 33 - 40Spot Conlon: The proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an intimidating reputation and a short singingsolo in “Brooklyn’s Here.”Gender: BothAge: 16-25Audition Songs: “Brooklyn’s Here”Scene Reading: pp. 102 - 106Katherine Plumber (This role has been precast): An ambitious young reporter, works hard to make a namefor 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 shegenerally has no time for cocky, streetwise young men, she makes an exception for Jack Kelly. Though she onlyhas a brief dance solo in “King of New York,” Katherine should have a great contemporary pop voice with ahigh belt – diction is key.Joseph Pulitzer (This role has been precast): A pompous businessman through and through, owns The Worldand is concerned solely with the bottom line. Katherine’s no-nonsense father, Pulitzer doesn’t sympathize withthe strikers, but he does eventually – and grudgingly – respect Jack.Medda Larkin: Inspired by vaudeville performer Aida Overton Walker, this big-voiced saloon singer andstar of The Bowery offers her theater as a safe haven for the newsies. An astute entertainer with great comicdelivery, she’s a good friend to Jack and stands firmly behind the newsies in their fight for justice.Gender: FemaleAge: 35-55Vocal range top: E5Vocal range bottom: F3Audition Songs: “That’s Rich”Scene Readings: pp. 25 – 27
ROLES AVAILABLE IN NEWSIES (continued)OTHER Adult roles:Wiesel - 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’sdisgruntled paper-pusher. May double as Newsie.Gender: MaleOscar and Morris Delancey: Tough brothers who work at the distribution window for The World, take the sideof the publishers in the strike and are known to use their fists to make a point. May double as Newsies.Gender: MaleGoons: Assist the Delanceys in roughing up the newsies at the end of Act One. May double as NewsiesGender: MaleBunsen: Pulitzer’s bookkeeper, comes up with the ideas to raise the newsies’ price per paper.Gender: BothHannah: Pulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary.Gender: FemaleNunzio: Pulitzer’s barber.Gender: MaleSnyder: The crooked and sinister warden of The Refuge, a filthy and horrible orphanage, is concerned onlywith catching enough kids to keep his government checks coming.Gender: BothThe Bowery Beauties: Female performers at Medda’s Theater. Singers and Dancers.Gender: FemaleNuns: