Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action. With help from the beautiful female reporter Katherine Plumber, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of “the little man.”


AUDITION INFORMATION

Thank you for considering auditioning for Lyric’s production of Newsies the Broadway Musical. We are excited for the chance to experience so much talent in our community during the audition process. The artistic team is striving to cast the right person for the role, regardless of gender, race, age, ethnicity, or body type. We are also looking to build a cast of kind-hearted, supportive, hardworking humans that have the same desire to tell this story as we do. This story is primarily told through singing and dancing so we encourage you to be thoughtful about telling the story through your movement and vocal auditions. We know how nerve wracking auditioning can be, as many of us have stood on both sides of the table! We will be attending auditions with a gracious attitude, a kind heart and an open mind and we hope you will do the same.

IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
Kickoff

Wednesday 8/21 at 6:30 PM. We invite you to join us to meet the team and learn a little more about the show before auditions. All info will also be available below on the website. You will be able to sign up for your preferred audition date at the kickoff or via the link on the website that will be accessible the same evening.

Auditions

Sunday 8/25: Registration @ 12 PM, Auditions @ 12:30 PM
Monday 8/26, Tuesday 8/27, Wednesday 8/28: Registration @ 5:30 PM, Auditions @ 6 PM

Callbacks

Callbacks will be held on Thursday 8/29 in the evening. Only certain auditioners for certain roles will be called back. If you do not receive a callback, it does not mean you were not cast in the show, only that the team did not need to see you in the callback setting. Callbacks will include scenework and additional vocal selections.

Casting

Casting calls will begin at 4 PM on Friday 8/30. If we are offering you a role in Newsies, we will need to speak to you directly. If the actor is under the age of 18 years old, we will also need to speak with a parent or guardian. If we are unable to offer you a role, you will receive an email on Friday 8/30.

 

GETTING READY FOR YOUR AUDITION

Age Requirements

To audition for a role in Newsies, you must be at least 12 years old on Sunday 8/25/24.

Audition Form Information

Please fill out your online audition form before the day of your in-person audition. If you are under 18, you will also need a parent or guardian to sign your form. This will become available on August 1.

You are welcome to email a resume rather than filling out the theatre, dance, and vocal experience part of the audition form if you prefer. We encourage you to share any technical dance training you may have had in the past.

What to wear/bring to Auditions

Please bring a water bottle. Please wear clothing that you can move in. We recommend wearing leggings, shorts, sweatpants, etc. Please wear jazz shoes, jazz sneakers, or clean sneakers for the dance audition. There are two optional sections to the dance audition (details below). If you wish to participate in the knee movement section, please bring knee pads if you have them. If you wish to participate in the tap section, please bring tap shoes if you have them, otherwise please bring hard-soled shoes.

Commitment

If you are cast in Newsies, you will be asked to commit to the rehearsal and performance schedule outlined below:

  • Rehearsals: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 6:45-10 PM & Sundays from 12:45-5 PM. You will likely not be needed for every rehearsal. They will be held at Lyric Creative Space.
  • Show Week: All cast members are required to attend technical rehearsals, orchestra rehearsal, and dress rehearsals. This also includes all performances and strike.
    • Technical Rehearsals: Saturday 11/9 9 AM-5 PM and Sunday 11/10 9 AM-11 PM
    • Orchestra & Dress Rehearsals: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings 11/11-11/13 beginning at 5:30 PM
    • Performances: Thursday 11/14 & Friday 11/15 beginning at 5:30 PM; Saturday 11/16 & Sunday 11/17 beginning at 11 AM
    • Strike: Immediately following final performance. Youth actors will be released no later than 11 PM. Adult actors may need to stay as late as 1 AM.
  • Warehouse Cleanups: All actors must participate in at least one warehouse cleanup on 11/23, 11/30, or 12/7 from 9 AM-noon.
  • We may also ask that you be available for promotional appearances and costume fittings. These may occur on non-rehearsal days and/or times.

 

For any questions, contact our Stage Manager, Becky Millard at [email protected]

To view this information in a different format, click HERE.

 

Audition Materials
Character Descriptions

Click HERE for a full list of characters.

Movement

There will be a movement workshop that will also serve as your movement audition. Everyone will be required to participate in the jazz part of the workshop/audition, and there are two optional movement sections. The first optional section includes movement on your knees. The second optional section is a tap audition. Note: We ask that you be warmed up physically before your dance workshop.

  • Auditionees will be asked to learn an additional choreographed sequence in the workshop. We will be working in groups, (NOT individually!) with a process-oriented, workshop-type atmosphere. Be ready to be receptive, be honest and have fun! 

Jazz Audition | Tap Audition

 

Music

There will also be a music workshop that will provide you a chance to review the music selections before your individual audition.

  • If you have a specific role in mind we recommend you sing the primary song assigned to them below. If you aren’t auditioning for a specific role, select the song that best showcases your voice and storytelling ability. 
    • “The Bottom Line” – Pulitzer / Adult Lower Register Ensemble
    • “That’s Rich” – Medda Larkin / Adult Higher Register Ensemble
    • “Watch What Happens” – Katherine Plumber / Adult Higher Register Ensemble
    • “King of New York” – Crutchie / Les / Davie / Newsies Ensemble
    • “Santa Fe” – Jack / Newsies Ensemble / Adult Lower Register Ensemble

 

The Bottom Line – Piano Only | The Bottom Line – Vocals

That’s Rich – Piano Only | That’s Rich – Vocals

Watch What Happens – Piano Only | Watch What Happens – Vocals

King of New York – Piano Only | King of New York – Vocals

Santa Fe – Piano Only | Santa Fe – Vocals

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Kickoff Meeting | August 21 at Lyric Theatre, South Burlington, VT

Auditions | August 25- 28 at Lyric Theatre, South Burlington, VT

Performance Dates | November 14- 17 at the Flynn Center, Burlington, VT

ARTISTIC TEAM

Production Supervisors: Kerry Farrell & Kimberly Steinfeld
Director: Kyla Paul Marchand
Assistant Director: Keely Agan
Choreographer: Ellie Wallace
Music Director: Helen Weston
Stage Manager: Becky Millard
Asst. Stage Manager: Todd Hanley
Technical Director: Ted Anderson

DESIGN TEAM

Set Design: Tomomi Ueda
Costume Design: Sharon Patno
Sound Design: Matt Smith
Asst. to the Sound Design: Philip England
Lighting Design: Rory Craib
Properties: Christopher Brown
Makeup Design: Chompoo Chompupong
Hair Design: Halina Vercessi
Graphic Design: Randi Carpenter

TECHNICAL TEAM

Co-Set Construction: Sabrina Marchand & Bruce Cowan
Co-Set Construction/Set Engineer: Tim Henderson
Set Decoration: Abby Granoff
Set Decoration Mentor: Cheri Forsythe
Costume Construction Chair: Maureen Frasier
Head Dresser: Candice Wakling

 

BUSINESS TEAM

Promotional Wear: Pamela Jacobs
Photographer: Jenn Adams
Videographer: Sean Reeks
Promotions: Hillary Read & Melina Del Castillo
Program: Pat Boera


 

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