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WCP/BHCT is committed to a policy of open auditions. Our success depends on the full participation of talented and committed people, regardless of their race, creed, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. Scripts will be available for a week-long perusal with a $10 deposit. Please stop by the WCP/BHCT Walker Building during normal business hours (Tuesday-Friday, 11am-5pm) to pick up a script.
Upcoming Audition Dates
Sunday, June 11 at 11:00 am
Monday, June 12 at 6:00 pm
Performance Dates September 8 - 17
Story by Harvey Fierstein
Music/Lyrics by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman
Director: John B. Nicol
Music Director: Ryan Occena
Choreography: McKenna Oleson
WCP/BHCT Walker Building
224 Commercial St.
Waterloo, IA 50701
Based on the 1992 film, Newsies JR. tells the true story of the newsboys strike of 1899 with a beautiful, Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. When powerful newspaper publishers raise prices at the newsboys' expense, charismatic Jack Kelly rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions. Together, the newsies learn that they are stronger united and create a movement to fight for what's right.
This show is going to have a large cast of people in it, so we’re hoping to get the community excited, and ready to “Seize the Day” with us! Below you’ll find descriptions of the characters! Some roles may be doubled up, so you could have the chance to play multiple of these iconic roles in our show!
CAST of CHARACTERS
Ensemble -includes Newsies of New York; the newsies’ customers; citizens of New York of all stripes; the Bowery Brigade; and corrupt Police Officers including the Police Chief; and the working children of New York City.
Jack Kelly -A fiercely loyal and charismatic orphan who dreams of a life out west an boldly leads the Manhattan newsies
Crutchie - A dedicated newsie and Jack Kelly’s ever-optimistic best friend
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
Bunsen - Pulitzer’s bookkeeper, helps come up with the idea to raise the newsies’ price per paper
Seitz - an editor who advises Pulitzer
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 at Medda’s theater.
Spot Conlon - the proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies with an intimidating reputation
Dorothy and Bill - Katherine’s friends
Governor Theodore Roosevelt - A well-respected, lifelong public servant whom Jack admires.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE!
Initial auditions will consist of three parts: a vocal (musical) audition, a dance/movement audition, and acting audition with selections chosen from the script.
For the dance/movement audition:Please be prepared to dance and move.
For the acting audition: we will perform cold readings of selections from the piece.
For the vocal/music auditions:If you’d like to bring sheet music or a track to sing along to in the audition, feel free to! Otherwise, singing a well known song like “Happy Birthday” is enough for us to get to know your voice!
This is a “JR.” production, meaning that the whole cast has to be 18 years old or younger.
Our recommended age range for auditioners is between 8 and 18, as some of these dances and songs could get a little complicated for younger children. However, if you think you can bring a fun, positive, energetic attitude, come and audition!
We're excited to fill the stage with a bunch of people from all different walks of life!
All are welcome to join us regardless of previous experience or membership. Interested individuals need only attend one audition session. Neither experience nor membership is required to audition.
WCP/BHCT is committed to a policy of open auditions. Our success depends on the full participation of talented people, regardless of their race, creed, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Scripts will be available for a week-long perusal with a $10 deposit. Please stop by the WCP/BHCT Walker Building during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 11am-4pm) to pick up a script.
Please contact us at 319-235-0367 or email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.
Sunday, July 30 at 3:00 pm
Tuesday, August 1 at 7:00 pm
Performance Dates October 13 - 22