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February 6 & 7, 2019

@ 7pm

The Union County Performing Arts Center, Main Stage

1601 Irving Street, Rahway

Fair Moon Stages: Bernard J Solomon, exec. artistic dir.; Matthew Annis, assoc. artistic dir.; Zita Geoffroy-Heinz, President; Bernard J Solomon, Director; James Mosser, Music Director, Jennifer Williams, Choreographer; Matthew Annis, Associate Director; Bobby Synder, Assistant Director; Holly Lessing, Production Stage Manager

Casting our up-coming production of Newsies performing March 29 – April 7, 2019 @ The Union County Performing Arts Center. UCPAC is a historic, 1-300 seat venue located in Rahway, NJ. Rehearsals begin Monday, Feb. 11. Rehearsal schedule is Monday – Thursday 7pm – 10:30pm and Saturdays 10am – 6pm. All rehearsals are at UCPAC! The theater is conveniently located 35-minutes from midtown Manhattan via NJ Transit. The Rahway train station is just 3 short blocks from the theater.

A jazz combination will be taught at 7pm followed by a tap combination. All auditionees will be asked to sing 16 bars of a contemporary musical theater piece, an accompanist will be provided. Callbacks will be immediately following vocal auditions. Callback materials can be found here.

Newsies Rehearsal Calendar

All performers will receive a stipend, starting at $150.

Questions can be directed to Casting@FairMoon.org

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Jack Kelly (16 – 20) 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 (13 – 17) 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 (15 – 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 (10 – 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 (13 – 20) 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.

Scabs (10 – 20)

Three newsies who are hesitant to join the strike.

Spot Conlon (17 – 20) The proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an intimidating reputation and a short singing solo in “Brooklyn’s Here.”

Katherine Plumber (17 – 20) 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.

Darcy (15 – 20) The upper-class kid of a publisher who sides with the newsies. Can double as a newsie.

Bill (15 – 25) The son of William Randolph Hearst who joins the newsies’ cause. Can double as a newsie.

Wiesel (35 – 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.

Oscar and Morris Delancey (15 – 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.

Medda Larkin (25 – 45) 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.