CASTING: NEWSIES! at 5-STAR THEATRICALS

CASTING: NEWSIES! at 5-STAR THEATRICALS

We are casting our summer 2022 production of Disney’s Newsies!

Director/Choreographer: Richard Hinds            Musical Director: Wilkie Ferguson           Assistant Director: Anthony Raimondi

Non-Equity rehearsals start: June 18th, 2022

Equity rehearsals start: June 21st, 2022

Tech Week: July 11th-15th, 2022

Opens: July 15th, 2022

Closes: July 24th, 2022

Pay Rate:

  • Equity: $652/week
  • Non-Equity: $1,200 Total

Rehearsals:

  • Tuesday – Thursday 2:30pm Equity start and 7pm Non-Eq start -11pm
  • Friday 1:30pm Equity start and 6pm Non-Eq start -10pm
  • Saturday – Sunday 10:00am-6:30pm.
  • Off on Mondays, except tech week

All members of our cast, crew, and teams must be fully vaccinated and boosted for Covid-19, at least 2 weeks prior to our first rehearsal (no later than June 4, 2022).

To be considered, you will need to submit a video audition by April 30th. We will not be able to accept submissions at a later date.

ALL TALENT MUST BE LOCAL TO THOUSAND OAKS/LOS ANGELES.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, 5-Star Theatricals does not discriminate in employment based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to age, marital status, sexual orientation, or the presence of a non-job-related medical condition or handicap. We are committed to identifying & interrupting instances of racism & all forms of oppression, through the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, & accessibility.?Performers of all gender expressions, all sexual orientations, all body types, all ethnicities, all nationalities, all religions, and performers with disabilities are encouraged to submit!

WE WANT TO MEET YOU!

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

PRINCIPALS:

JACK KELLY – Male, 17 – 22 years old. Handsome, passionate and charismatic leader of the Newsies. A street-smart kid with a dark artistic soul right beneath the bluster. Not a blowhard. This kid’s the real thing. Must have a great pop tenor voice.

KATHERINE PLUMBER – Female, 17 – 22 years old. The strong-willed daughter of Pulitzer. This young lady drips smarts, opinions and confidence. A young Katherine Hepburn. This damsel needs no prince to save her. Must have a great pop/contemporary musical theater voice with a high belt.

DAVEY – Male, 16 – 21 years old. A thinker. Raised in a home as opposed to the other Newsies, Davie is the book-smart counterpoint to the other boys. The voice of reason. A nice Jewish boy. Must have a great contemporary tenor voice.

JOSEPH PULITZER – Male, 40s. The boisterous forefather of Wm. F. Buckley Jr, Glenn Beck and Rupert Murdoch. An on point, know it all, politician. Impolite and impatient with the world. Must sing well.

CRUTCHIE – Male, 17-22 years old. A slight, sickly boy with a huge heart. He walks with the aid of a crutch due to a bad leg, but that doesn’t hold him back from being right in the middle of any mischief. A real charmer.

MEDDA (Nun in Opening) – Female, 40s – 60s. A vaudeville star of the Bowery variety. Risqué, tough, with a big voice and GREAT comic delivery.

LES – Male, 10 -12 years old. The fearless kid brother of Davey. Excited by everything the world has to offer and eager to join in the adventure. Fun is this kid’s middle name. Must sing really well.

NEWSIES (ENSEMBLE)

While these roles are generally cast as Male-identifying performers, we are open to all genders/non-binary performers. Please submit to any role as you feel most comfortable and fit for.

RACE – Male, 17-22 years old. Newsie. “Tough guy” newsboy who’s too young to actually lead the group the way Jack does. True triple-threat in ability, acrobatics a plus but not vital.

SPOT CONLON/TOMMY BOY – Male, 17-22 years old. Newsie. As New York (Brooklyn, Staten Island) as we can get. Think Mighty Mouse, should have an incredible presence.

MUSH – Male, 17-22 years old. Newsie.

ALBERT – Male, 17-22 years old. Newsie.

JOJO/DARCY – Male, 17-22 years old. Newsie. Can believably clean up well and double as a wealthy son.

ELMER – Male, 17-22 years old. Newsie.

FINCH – Male, 17-22 years old. Newsie.

ROMEO – Male, 17-22 years old. A flirt but should be scrawny or “anti-leading man.”

HENRY – Male, 17-22 years old. Newsie.

BUTTONS/BILL – Male, 17-22 years old. Newsie. Can believably clean up well and double as a wealthy son.

SNIPER – Male, 17-22 years old. Newsie. Spectacular dancer with technical excellence. Must tumble.

SPECS – Male, 17-22 years old. Newsie. Spectacular dancer with technical excellence. Must tumble.

OSCAR DELANCEY/NEWSIES – Male, 17-22 years old. Brothers. Should stand out from the newsboys enough to bully them, but potentially blend in for extra bodies in production numbers. Acting takes priority.

MORRIS DELANCEY/NEWSIES – Male, 17-22 years old. Brothers. Should stand out from the newsboys enough to bully them, but potentially blend in for extra bodies in production numbers. Acting takes priority.

ENSEMBLE

WIESEL, SM, JACOBI, MAYOR – Male, 40’s. Must be a versatile character actor who can portray several characters throughout. Tenor ideal.

BUNSEN, MAN W/CHALK, POLICEMAN – Male, 40’s. Must be a versatile character actor who can portray several characters throughout.

SEITZ, POLICEMAN – Male, 40’s. Must be a versatile character actor who can portray several characters throughout. Must be a high tenor.

SNYDER – Male, 40’s. Should be tall and menacing. He is our villain and must have a threatening quality to him that makes the Newsies avoid him at all costs.

COP, GUARD, CAMERAMAN, ROOSEVELT – Male, 40’s. Must be a versatile character actor who can portray several characters throughout.

NUN, WOMAN, BOWERY BEAUTY – Female, 20-30’s. Needs to have a good physique for when Bowery Beauty.

NUN, WOMAN, BOWERY BEAUTY – Female, 20-30’s. Needs to have a good physique for when Bowery Beauty. Must be a good character who possesses good comic timing for Hannah

WE ARE ALSO CASTING A NON-UNION KIDS/TEEN ENSEMBLE.

To submit for this, please submit tape with the following:

WHAT TO PREPARE:

In-person callbacks by invitation will be held May 17-18th in Thousand Oaks. You must be available in person to be considered.

TO SUBMIT A VIDEO

Upload your video file to our dropbox here no later than April 30th at 11:00 PM PST:
https://www.dropbox.com/request/A10CaR3GhCsLUjvKL3X0

Please be sure to title your video as follows:

  • ROLE – First Name_Last Name
    • (example: ‘Katherine’- Adele Dazeem)
  • INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN YOUR VIDEO BY EITHER WRITING IT DOWN ON A PAPER AND HOLDING IT IN YOUR SLATE OR HAVING IT POP UP ON YOUR VIDEO SCREEN AT THE START OF YOUR VIDEO. Be sure to include contact info so that we can get in touch with you!

Accompaniment Tracks for your audition can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6tvgpunt2w8v26i/AACaw8VRo-vJ9EvWrEsGdKJTa?dl=0

If Submitting for a PRINCIPAL ROLE:

  • Slate (your name, location, union status, height, vaccination status)
  • Acting Side/Song– Find your character and complete the entire packet, please:  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/a9xadpow8nqxd15/AAB_8P1oQsBkCLhLZDKmFB4Ca?dl=0
  • See below for choreography needs
  • If submitting for DAVEY, please do the NEWSIES material:
    NEWSIES SIDES PACKET AND CHOREOGRAPHY (SEIZE THE DAY & KING OF NY)

If Submitting for a NEWSIE (open to all genders/non-binary performers):

If Submitting for ADULT MALE-IDENTIFYING ENSEMBLE or FEMALE-IDENTIFYING ENSEMBLE (non-Newsie):

If Submitting for LES:

TO CLARIFY, here are the DANCE REQUIREMENTS for your submission:

  • Newsies: “Seize the Day” and “King of NY Men”
  • Female-Identifying Ensemble: “King of NY Women”
  • Katherine: “King of NY Women”
  • Adult Male-Identifying Ensemble: no dance submission
  • Crutchie – no dance submission
  • Jack: no dance submission
  • Les – no dance submission
  • Medda: no dance submission
  • Pulitzer: no dance submission

We realize this is a lot of material, but we want to assure you that we will be watching your videos. The show has specific needs for triple-threats and we need to see all of this in action to consider you for the show. Your time and work is very much appreciated and not going unnoticed.

Thank you for making the effort to be a part of this show, and we do hope to see you in in-person soon.