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. 27th.
Auditions (Before Aug. 22nd): Students who are registered will audition August 21st and 22nd. 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. 23rd): 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. 28th. 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, 17, 20, 27, 31 Apr 3, 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 21, 22, 24, 28, 30, 31 June 1, 2, 4, 12
Note: No class on Oct. 31, Nov. 21, Dec. 26, Jan. 2, April 17, May 29, June 5
Sunday Rehearsal: March 17 AND March 31 (1:30 pm – 6:30 pm)
Tuesday Rehearsal: May 21 (5:00 pm – 10:00 pm), May 28 (5:00 pm – 10:00 pm), June 4 (6:30 pm-8:30 pm)
Thursday Rehearsal: May 30 (5:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
Friday Rehearsal: May 24 (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) Mandatory Rehearsals
Mandatory Rehearsals: May 21 (5:00 pm – 10:00 pm), May 22 (5:00 – 10:00 pm), May 24 (5:00 – 10:00), May 28 (5:00 – 10:00), May 30 (5:00 – 10:00)
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.
Disney’s Newsies, based on the 1992 motion picture, features a score by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy). While on Broadway, Newsies received 23 major theatrical nominations – including eight Tony Award nods – and won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Score and Choreography.
Newsies is inspired by the real-life “Newsboy Strike of 1899,” when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers. Timely and fresh, the fictionalized adaptation of Newsies addresses the age-old themes of social injustice, exploitative labor practices and David-versus-Goliath struggles as the young learn to harness their power against a corrupt establishment. High-energy with non-stop thrills, the stage version introduces eight brand-new songs while keeping many of the beloved sons from the film, including “Carrying the Banner”, “Seize the Day”, and “Santa Fe”.