Sunday, May 5 from 2-6:30pm
Monday, May 6 from 7-9pm
"Now is the time to seize the day"
About the Show
Directed by Jack-Anthony Ina
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Based on 1992 film Newsies
It's time to carry the banner on your stage with Disney's Newsies! 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!
Auditions will be held at The Geauga Lyric Arts Center, 106 Water St, Chardon, OH 44024
No appointment necessary. Please come with a 32-bar cut in the style of the show. Do not use any material from the show itself for your audition. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in the correct key. No acapella singing please.
If you are unable to come to either audition day, you can submit a video. Videos are due Sunday, May 5, 2019 by 4:30pm.
Callbacks: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 6-10pm
Callbacks are by invitation only and will feature a musical theatre style dance call, a tap dance call, and reading/singing material from the show.
Rehearsal & Performance Information
Rehearsals begin Sunday, June 2 and will typically run Sunday-Thursday from 6:30-9:00pm. Daytime rehearsals may be added based on actor availability.
The production opens on Friday, August 2 and runs until Sunday, August 18.
Casting Note: Ages 10+ are encouraged to audition. The majority of roles in this production will be cast as youth. Casting adults in a few roles -- e.g. Pulitzer, Warden and Roosevelt -- is meant to illustrate the youth of the rest of the cast and further the message of the show.
Jack Kelly (Bb4-A6): 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 isn’t 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 (A4-F5): 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. 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.
Crutchie (C4-A6): is a dedicated newsie with a bum leg that’s painful, but helps sell more papes. Though he walks with the assistance of a crutch, Crutchie doesn’t let it define him; when in a jam, Jack Kelly’s best friend relies on a goofysweet sense of humor and optimistic resilience. Crutchie is the heart of the resistance. Though his movement will suggest his bum leg
Davey (D4-A6): 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, Davey is the brains of the resistance.
Les (Db4-Bb5): 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.
Joseph Pulitzer (C4-F5): 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.
Medda Larkin (F3-E5): 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.
Spot Conlon: the proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an intimidating reputation and a short singing solo in “Brooklyn’s Here.”
Seitz: editor, advises Pulitzer, but ultimately admires the kids’ newspaper. Bunsen: Pulitzer’s bookkeeper, comes up with the idea to raise the newsies’
price per paper.
Hannah: Pulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary.
Weisel: 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 paperpusher.
Oscar & Morris Delancey: toughs 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: the crooked and sinister warden of The Refuge, a filthy and horrible orphanage, is concerned only with catching enough kids to keep his
government checks coming.
Mayor: of New York City rebuffs Pulitzer’s attempts to shut down the newsies’ strike.
Governor Teddy Roosevelt: a well-respected lifelong public servant, inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer.
Nunzio: is Pulitzer’s barber.
Guard: removes the newsies from Pulitzer’s building.
Stage Manager: introduces Medda’s act
Mr. Jacobi: allows the newsies to congregate in his restaurant to plan their strike – when he doesn’t have any paying customers, that is.
Darcy: is the upper-class kid of a publisher who sides with the newsies. Bill: is the son of William Randolph Hearst who joins the newsies’ cause.
Photographer: takes the triumphant photo of the newsies at the end of “Seize the Day”
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 who go on strike for a livable wage. Also includes the SCABS who are hesitant to join the strike.
Bowery Beauties: are female performers at Medda’s Theater. Nuns: offer breakfast to the hungry newsies.
Policemen: assist Snyder and turn against the newsies in the fght that concludes Act One.
Goons: assist the Delanceys in roughing up the newsies at the end of Act One. Customers: buy newspapers from the Newises.
Bowery Patrons: watch Medda’s show at the theater.
About the Director
Jack-Anthony Ina is thrilled to be directing NEWSIES as his first show with Geauga Lyric Theater Guild! Jack is a director, designer, and stage manager from Cleveland, Ohio. Currently, Jack is directing the encore performance of Secrets: A Spy Musical at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City after directing the premiere of the show in NYC in December. He is also serving as Production Stage Manager for the regional premiere of Be More Chill at Playhouse Square. Recent Credits Include: Mary Poppins (Lighting/Sound/Scenic Design), Honk! (Lighting Design), Secrets: A Spy Musical (Director), Shrek the Musical (Lighting Design)