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COUNTRY GATE PLAYERS AUDITION FORM
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Newsies Open Auditions May 6th & 7th at 7pm
List Any Role(s) You are Particularly Interested In:
Jack Kelly-(Age: 16 to 25) The charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies, is an oprhaned 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.
Crutchie - (Age 13 to 20) 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, Crutchie should still be included in the dance numbers.
Davey (Age: 15 to 20) 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 own right who is learning to use his voice to uplift others, Davey is the brains of the resistance.
Les (Age: 12 to 15) Davey’s cheeky younger brother, is inspired by the freedom of the newsies and loves their independent lifestyle. A precocious and natural newsie, Les is an intuitive salesboy and a pint-sized charmer. He should present as younger than the other newsies.
Newsies (Age: 13 to 25) 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.
Spot Conlon (Age: 17 to 25) The proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an intimidating reputation and a short singing solo in “Brooklyn’s Here.”
Katherine Plumber (Age: 17 to 25) 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.
The Bowery Beauties (Age: 18 to 30) Female performers at Medda’s Theater.
Darcy (Age: 15 to 20) The upper-class kid of a publisher who sides with the newsies. Can double as a newsie.)
Bill (Age: 15 to 25) The son of William Randolph Hearst who joins the newsies' cause. Can double as a newsie.)
Oscar and Morris Delancey (Age: 15 to 20) 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.
Wiesel (Age: 35 to 50) 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.
Joseph Pulitzer (Age: 35+) 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.
Seitz (Age: 25+) Editor, advises Pulitzer, but ultimately admires the kids’ newspaper.
Bunsen (Age: 25+) Pulitzer’s bookkeeper, comes up with the ideas to raise the newsies’ price per paper.
Hannah (Age: 20+) Pulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary.
Nunzio (Age: 25+) Pulitzer’s barber.
Snyder (Age: 25+) The crooked and sinister warden of The Refuge, a filthy and horrible orphanage, is concerned only with catching enough kids to keep his government checks coming.
Medda Larkin (Age: 25+) 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.
Mr. Jacobi (Age: 35+) Allows the newsies to congregate in his restaurant to plan their strike – when he doesn’t have any paying customers, that is.
Nuns (Age: 20 to 60) The three nuns offer breakfast to the hungry newsies. Feel free to cast additional nuns.
Mayor (Age: 45 to 60) The Mayor of New York City rebuffs Pulitzer’s attempts to shut down the newsies’ strike.
Governor Teddy Roosevelt (Age: 50+) A well-respected lifelong public servant, inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer.
List Any Role(s) that you do NOT want to be cast in:
Are you willing to be in the ensemble/chorus?
If you are not cast, would you be interested in being involved with this show in any of the following areas?
No, I would not be interested
IF YOU HAVE NOT PERFORMED AT COUNTRY GATE IN THE PAST, PLEASE LIST THE LAST THREE PRODUCTIONS YOU HAVE TAKEN PART IN (Role, Show, Company, Year). Please note any dance experience.
PLEASE READ AND ACKNOWLEDGE YOU AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS.
ALL REHEARSALS START AT 7PM UNLESS INDICATED OTHERWISE
REHEARSALS MAY BE ADDED IF NEEDED
ALL REHEARSALS ARE CLOSED (no friends/family may attend, parents may wait in lobby)
I WILL ATTEND ALL DRESS REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES
CAST MEMBERS MUST PURCHASE/RENT THEIR COSTUMES WITH DIRECTOR INPUT (Expect to spend $50-$150 per costume, plan accordingly)
A $30 CASH SCRIPT/PARTICIPATION DEPOSIT WILL BE COLLECTED AT THE 1st REHEARSAL; This will be returned upon completion of your commitment and return of undamaged script at the end of the run.
IMPORTANT: Please list any conflicts with the rehearsal/performance schedule below:
Before your audition can be considered, you must provide COUNTRY GATE PLAYERS with a list of your conflicts! This includes rehearsals that you need to come late to or if you’re unable to attend a scheduled rehearsal.(NOTE: It goes without saying, cast members cannot miss a performance!)
Please choose one below:
I have marked all my conflicts on the audition form.
I must check my calendar and will email or bring a complete list of my conflicts to auditions.
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