Thursday, August 24, 2017

Auditions: Disney's Newsies the Musical at CSC


Centenary Stage Company will be holding non – union open auditions for the family holiday spectacular, Disney's Newsies the Musical on Saturday, September 9 from 2PM – 8PM and Sunday, September 10 from 1PM – 6:30PM in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Avenue Hackettstown, NJ.

With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, book by Harvey Fierstein and based on the Disney Film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White, the 2012 Tony - Award winning musical makes its way onto the Centenary Stage. It is New York City 1899 and Jack Kelly and his ragtag group of newsboys make a meager living selling newspapers on the city streets. However, 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"!

CSC’s production of Disney’s Newsies the Musical will be directed and choreographed by Broadway, film and television veteran Michael Blevins.  Rehearsals will be held weekends (Friday to Sunday) beginning in late September with performances running November 24 through December 10 in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center.  Auditions will be held over 2 days on Sept 9 from 2PM – 8PM (vocal call) and Sept 10 from 1PM – 6:30PM (dance call).  For the Sept 9 vocal call, interested performers are welcome to bring a monologue or read from sides that will be provided. Performers are also asked to prepare a 32-bar cut from a song in the style of the show (but not from Newsies).  Please bring your book and be prepared to sing from it.  An accompanist will be provided.  For the Sept 10 dance call, ALL AUDITIONEES MUST ATTEND.  Dress comfortably; bring dance and tap shoes. 

Interested performers MUST CALL THEATRE OFFCE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.  All performers should be at least 18 years of age to audition.  For more information please visit  To schedule an appointment call the CSC administrative office at (908) 979 – 0900.


Jack Kelly - Handsome, passionate and charismatic leader of the Newsies. A street-smart kid with a dark artistic soul right beneath the bluster. Not a blowhard. This kid's the real thing. Must have a great pop tenor voice. Dancing skills a plus (17-22yrs old, Male, Tenor: C3-G4)

Katherine Plummer - The strong willed daughter of Pulitzer. This young lady drips smarts, opinions and confidence. A young Katherine Hepburn or Ellen Page. This damsel needs no prince to save her. Must have a great pop/contemporary musical theater voice with a high belt. Tap Dancing and theatre dance skills required. (17-22yrs old, Female, Mezzo-Soprano: A3-E5)

Davey Jacobs - A thinker. Raised in a home as opposed to the other Newsies, Davie is the book-smart counterpoint to the other boys. The voice of reason. A nice Jewish boy. Must have a great contemporary tenor voice. Exceptional tap dancing and gymnastic/tumbling skills. (16-21yrs old, Male, Tenor: C3-G4)

Les Jacobs - The fearless kid brother of Davey. Excited by everything the world has to offer and eager to join in the adventure. Fun is this kid's middle name. Must sing really well. Exceptional Tap Dancing skills and gymnastics/tumbling a plus. (10-12yrs old, Male, Tenor)

Joseph Pulitzer - The boisterous forefather of Wm. F. Buckley Jr, Glenn Beck and Rupert Murdoch. An on point, know it all, politician. Impolite and impatient with the world. Must sing well. (40s, Male, Baritone)

Crutchie - A slight, sickly boy with a huge heart. He walks with the aid of a crutch due to a bad leg, but that doesn't hold him back from being right in the middle of any mischief. A real charmer. (17-22yrs old, Male, Tenor: C3-G4)

Medda Larkin - A vaudeville star of the Bowery variety. Risque, tough, with a big voice and GREAT comic delivery. (40s-60s, Female, Mezzo-Soprano: F3-E5)

Spot Conlon – Bit part. Leader of the Brooklyn Newsies. (Tenor, Male)

Newsies - Race, Albert, Specs, Henry, Finch, Romeo, Elmer, Buttons, Sniper, Tommy Boy, Mush, Jo Jo, Oscar, Albert. Strong Tap Dancing & Theatre dance and singing skills required. Gymnastic skills a plus. (15-20yrs)

Adult Ensemble - Darcy, Wiesel, Seitz, Bunsen, Nunzio, Snyder, Stage Manager, Theatre Audience Members, Guard, Mr. Jacobi, Mayor, Bill, Teddy Roosevelt, 2 policemen (All Male, 30-50yrs)

Hannah – Secretary of Pulitzer (20’s – 30’s, Female, non-singing)

Bowery Beauties - 2-4 Show Girls; early 20’s, singing

3 Nuns + woman passer-byers

Other Newsies - 2-3 from each borough; Richmond, Brooklyn, Flushing, Woodside & The Bronx, Scabs (14-20yrs)

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