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The Windham Theatre Guild is looking for prospective News Kids (ages 8-16) to join the WTG’s production of DISNEY'S NEWSIES JR.!
Auditions will take place on Sunday, February 25th from 4-7PM and Monday, February 26th from 5-7PM at the Burton Leavitt Theatre, 779 Main Street, Willimantic, CT (parking in rear).
Participants will be provided sides to read and will be expected to do some movement. Music will be provided for the singing portion of the audition using tracks from the show, or participants can bring their own digital accompaniment to show off their skills.
ENSEMBLE – includes NEWSIES of New York, RACE, ALBERT, MURIEL, NANCY, SPECS, PIGTAILS, HAZEL, BUTTONS, TOMMY BOY, ROMEO, JO JO, SCABS (1-3) and others; the newsies’ CUSTOMERS; citizens of New York of all stripes, including a WOMAN; the BOWERY BRIGADE, vaudeville performers, including ADA, OLIVE, and ETHEL; and corrupt POLICE OFFICERS, including the POLICE CHIEF; WORKING CHILDREN of New York City
JACK KELLY – a fiercely loyal and charismatic orphan who dreams of a life out west and boldly leads the Manhattan newsies
CRUTCHIE – a dedicated newsie and Jack Kelly’s ever-optimistic best friend; named Casey, but known to most as Crutchie
KATHERINE – an ambitious young reporter who works hard to make a name for herself; courageously uses her voice to cover the newsies’ strike
DARCY – Katherine’s trustworthy photographer
MORRIS and OSCAR DELANCEY – toughs who work for the New York World; known to use their fists to make a point
WIESEL – a disgruntled manager of distribution for the World, often called “Weasel” by the newsies
LES – Davey’s cheeky younger sibling who is inspired by the freedom of the newsies and loves their independent lifestyle
DAVEY – Les’s straight-laced, bright older brother who acts as the brains behind the newsies’ strike
JOSEPH PULITZER – a pompous businessman and Katherine’s no-nonsense father; does not sympathize with the strikers, but comes to respect Jack
BUNSEN – Pulitzer’s bookkeeper, helps come up with the idea to raise the newsies’ price per paper
SEITZ – an editor who advises Pulitzer, but ultimately admires the kids’ newspaper
HANNAH – Pulitzer’s secretary who quietly looks out for the newsies
SNYDER – the crooked and sinister warden of The Refuge
MEDDA LARKIN – a big-voiced saloon singer and star of the Bowery who offers her theater as a safe haven for the newsies
PAT – the stage manager of Medda’s theater
SPOT CONLON – the proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies with an intimidating reputation
DOROTHY and BILL – Katherine’s friends whose parents own the New York Tribune and New York Journal, respectively; they help the newsies print the Newsies Banner
GOVERNOR TEDDY ROOSEVELT – a well-respected, lifelong public servant whom Jack admires
**Show dates: May 10,11,16,17,18, & 19**
Participants can expect a $35 registration fee if cast in the production.
For questions, please feel free to email the director, Ken Schroeder, at email@example.com.