It’s time to carry the banner on the Not Just Dance 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’ and newsgirls’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right!
Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.
Wednesday, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Auditions: Aug. 21 & 22; Call Backs, if necessary, and by invitation only, Aug. 23rd.
Auditions (Before Aug. 23rd): Students who are registered will audition August 22 and 23rd. Once registered, we will contact you to set up an audition time. See below for more information on auditioning. See below for cast descriptions.
Auditions (after Aug. 24th): Students who wish to audition after the first round of auditions, must register. Once registered, we will contact you to arrange an audition date/time. Feel free to contact us to learn more about remaining parts.
4 Performances: May 31 at 7 pm; June 1 at 7 pm; June 2 at 2 pm and 7 pm
Tuition: See Tuition Rates. All students who register will be charged a registration fee of $30. However, no additional payments will be collected until after the show has been cast. Registered students will be notified Aug. 27th. Those accepted into the program will be charged for September tuition. Those not accepted into the program will not be charged.
Performance Fee: A $125 performance fee will be assessed on or about March 15, 2019. This fee includes a performance t-shirt, DVD, 2 tickets and costume cleaning/rental fees. Siblings fee is $100 and does not include a DVD.
Note: This program is for serious students. Therefore, all those cast are expected to be enrolled in dance classes (at Not Just Dance OR elsewhere) and be either enrolled in music classes at school or taking private voice lessons. More specific requirements may be placed on other roles. See casting for information.
Note: This is NOT a jr or student version!
Class Meeting Dates:
Sept 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, Nov. 7, 14, 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19, Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 24, 27, 31 Apr 3, 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 21, 22, 24, 29, 30, 31 June 1, 2, 4, 12
Note: No class on Oct. 31, Nov. 21, Dec. 26, Jan. 2, April 17, June 5
Sunday Rehearsal: March 24 AND March 31, 1:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Tuesday Rehearsal: May 21, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm AND June 4, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Friday Rehearsal: May 24, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thursday Rehearsal: May 30, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Extended Wednesday Rehearsals: May 15 (5:00 pm – 10:00 pm); May 22 (5:00 pm – 10:00 pm); May 29 (5:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
Performances: May 31 (7:00 pm); June 1 (7:00 pm); June 2 (2:00 pm and 7:00 pm) NOTE: Call time for performances are 5 pm for evening and 12:00 pm for matinees
Note: We have planned for extra days that allow for the occasional “snow” day.
- Labor Day Weekend (Aug. 31 – Sept. 3)
- Columbus Day Oct. 8
- Halloween Oct 31
- FCPS November Break (Nov. 2-6) NOTE: NY Trip is Nov. 4, Workshop scheduled for Nov. 5 and 6. Dance Makeup on Nov. 3
- Thanksgiving (Nov 21 – 25)
- Not Just Dance Dec. Break (Dec. 13 – 16) (Elf Jr)
- FCPS December Break (Dec. 23-Jan 4)
- FCPS Jan Break (Feb. 4)
- Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14)
- Not Just Dance April Break (Spring Show) (April 4 – 7)
- FCPS Spring Break (April 14 – 21) Note: We do have dance on Saturday, April 13
- Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-27) Note: We are open on Friday, May 24 and have a mandatory rehearsal for Newsies AND we are open on Monday, May 27th and have mandatory rehearsals for Wizard of Oz. Please plan accordingly.
In the Broadway version, the Ensemble held several roles. For example, a possible casting would be as a Nun, Hannah and Bowery Beauty. We will combine parts, as makes sense. In addition, we may cast females in male roles. This show requires a large ensemble of both males and females.
The charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies, is an oprhaned 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.
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2
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 goofy- sweet sense of humor and optimistic resilience. Crutchie is the heart of the resistance. Must be a strong singer, dancer and actor.
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: C3
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.Gender: MaleVocal range top: A4Vocal range bottom: D3
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.
Vocal range top: Bb3
Vocal range bottom: Db3
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 livable wage. Must be strong dancers/singers.Gender: Both
Three newsies who are hesitant to join the strike.
The proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an intimidating reputation and a short singing solo in “Brooklyn’s Here.”Gender: Both
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 resourcesful, she boldy 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. She 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.Gender: FemaleVocal range top: F5Vocal range bottom: A3
The upper-class kid of a publisher who sides with the newsies.Gender: Both
The son of William Randolph Hearst who joins the newsies’ cause.
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 paper- pusher.
Tough brothers 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.Gender: Male
Assist the Delanceys in roughing up the newsies at the end of Act One.
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: MaleVocal range top: F4Vocal range bottom: C3
Editor, advises Pulitzer, but ultimately admires the kids’ newspaper.
Pulitzer’s bookkeeper, comes up with the ideas to raise the newsies’ price per paper.Gender: Both
Pulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary.Gender: Female
Pulitzer’s barber.Gender: Both
The Guard removes the newsies from Pulitzer’s building.Gender: Both
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.Gender: Both
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.Gender: FemaleVocal range top: E5Vocal range bottom: F3
Female performers at Medda’s Theater.Gender: Female
Introduces Medda’s act.Gender: Both
The three nuns offer breakfast to the hungry newsies. Feel free to cast additional nuns.Gender: Female
Takes the triumphant photo of the newsies at the end of “Seize the Day.”Gender: Both
A newspaper customer.Gender: Female
Allows the newsies to congregate in his restaurant to plan their strike – when he doesn’t have any paying customers, that is.Gender: Both
Assist Snyder and turn against the newsies in the fight that concludes Act One.Gender: Male
The Mayor of New York City rebuffs Pulitzer’s attempts to shut down the newsies’ strike.Gender: Both
A well-respected lifelong public servant, inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer.Gender: Male
August 21 and 22, 2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
*Call backs, if necessary, and by invitation only will be Aug. 23 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Please call 571-392-3209 or use the form below to request an audition
All those auditioning, must register for the class. Casting will be decided based on the auditions. All those registered will be notified of decisions by late on Aug 26. Everyone who registers must pay the registration fee. However, no additional tuition will be collected until the cast list is provided. Those cast will begin paying tuition on Sept. 1st.
Note: If you have a conflict with the audition dates/times, please let us know at the time of registration. We will set up a separate audition for you.
- Prepare 32 bars of music. Please pick from a musical (no pop music or rock music). A CD and ipod player will be available. No accompanist will be available. Acapella is acceptable.
- Prepare a 1 minute monologue
- Come to the audition prepared for movement. (A bit of choreography will be taught at the audition)
- Fill out the Audition Form. Bring it, along with a small photo. (If a resume/headshot is available, please bring that along with the Audition Form). The audition form will be provided to registered students.
- There will be 2 sessions for each audition date – from 6:00 – 7:30 pm AND from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm. If you have a preference, please let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your requests.