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Auditions for The Fredericktowne Player’s Summer 2019 production of Disney’s Newsies will be held at the Fredericktowne Players Studio. Audition dates will be 4/29 from 6:30-9:30 pm, 5/4 and 5/11 from 2:00-6:00 pm.

Please sign up for only one time slot on any audition date and expect to stay the entire hour. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in and fill out an audition form. Callbacks will be on 5/14 from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm by invitation only.

Click on the link below to sign up for a date/time slot. Please come prepared with your resume, a recent 8 x 10 head shot and a musical piece that is 14- 16 measures. Songs from the show are not recommended. Wear comfortable clothing and jazz shoes as the second part of auditions will be strictly dance. Tap dancers are also encouraged.

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FTP will be holding dance workshops 4/25-4/27 to prepare for auditions for our upcoming production of Newsies. 4/25 will be a tap workshop and 4/26 and 4/27 will be musical theatre dance. All three nights will be 7 pm-8:30 pm. Please feel free to sign up for both the tap and musical theater dance workshop. Choreographers will be teaching potential choreography for auditions and the show. Please wear clothes to move in and some sort of dance shoe. If you don’t have tap shoes but want to come to the tap workshop, character heels or bare feet are ok. These workshops are HIGHLY recommended. Click on the link below to sign up.

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Character Profiles

Jack Kelly

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. Gender: Male. Age: 16 to 25. Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Crutchie

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, though his movement will suggest his bum leg. Gender: Male or Female. Age: 15 to 25. Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: C3

Davey

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 or her own right who is learning to use their voice to uplift others, Davey is the brains of the resistance. Gender: Male. Age: 15 to 20. Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: D3

Les

Davey’s cheeky younger sibling, is inspired by the freedom of the newsies and loves their independent lifestyle. A precocious and natural newsie, Les is an intuitive salesperson and a pint-sized charmer. Should present as younger than the other newsies. Gender: Male or Female. Age: 8 to 12. Vocal range top: Bb3 Vocal range bottom: Db3

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 that go on strike for a livable wage. Gender: Male or Female. Age: 14 to 25.

Katherine Plumber

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. 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. Gender: Female. Age: 16 to 25. Vocal range top: F5. Vocal range bottom: A3

Wiesel

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. Gender: Male. Age: 35 to 55.

Oscar and Morris Delancey

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. Age: 15 to 20

Joseph Pulitzer

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: Male. Age: 35 to 55. Vocal range top: F4. Vocal range bottom: C3

Medda Larkin

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: Female. Age: 25 to 55. Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: F3

Youth Ensemble (additional newsies)–  Age 14 to 18.  Gender: Male and Female.

Adult Ensemble (various supporting roles)-  Age 19 to 55. Gender: Male and Female.