AUDITIONING FOR "NEWSIES"
STEP ONE: RESEARCH
Please get as familiar as you can with the content!
THE STORY/THE SHOW:
1) NEWSIES is based on an actual historical event. You should be familiar with it! Googling the "Newsboys’ Strike of 1899" will take you to the right place!
2) NEWSIES was first made into a film in 1992. You can find out where to stream it HERE. It's not our favorite example, but it's a cult classic, so you might want to check it out. NOTE: Please... do not COPY what the actors/actresses are doing. We prefer you to watch it only one time just so you can get a sense of the plot and characters.
3) In 2012, NEWSIES premiered on Broadway. A live taping was made in 2017, and you can find out where to stream it HERE!
4) And HERE is a link to another professional production that we found on Youtube, that we would recommend!
Once you're super familiar with the story and the show, you can start to think about which characters you identify with, which you think you're right for, and which characters would challenge you at this stage in your training! Please prepare 2 or 3 different characters so we can see some range (and you can increase your odds of being cast)!
EVERYONE auditioning should pick at least one male character to audition with. (ie, please don't come in with just Katherine and Medda :)
As a reminder, HERE is a link to the character breakdowns!
STEP TWO: SCHEDULE YOUR AUDITION
You are now ready to schedule your audition appointment! We will need to see you once for your initial audition. If you get a callback we will need to see you up to 2 more times. These appointments will occur at 14236 Emelita Street, Sherman Oaks. GO HERE to schedule (or update) the time of your audition appointment.
STEP THREE: PREPARE
The Vocal Audition:
* You will likely be singing this at the initial audition "a capella" (without recorded or live accompaniment).
* It's a good idea to bring a copy of your sheet music in the room, but we would really like you to be memorized!
PREPARE AT LEAST TWO SONGS:
1) your best 16-32 bars of:
“Carrying The Banner” - if any of you have a high C#, please demonstrate that in the section that you sing.
2) AND your best 16-32 bars of another song in the show. Here are some suggestions (sheet music in the link above).
for Jack: Santa Fe, (#12 after the Fight) Bars 80-117
for Pulitzer: The Bottom Line - Measures 37-52 and 64-70
for Davey: Seize the Day - Measures 21-37 (stay on the melody when it splits)
for Crutchie: Letter from the Refuge - Measures 59-end of song
for Katherine: Watch What Happens - Measures 118-153
for Medda: That’s Rich - Measures 45-73
The Acting/Reading Audition:
* Prepare all of the provided sides for your chosen characters.
* It's best to bring a copy of your sides in the room, but we would really like you to be memorized!
SIDES/SCENES: PREPARE THE SIDES FOR THE CHARACTERS YOU CHOSE, AND THEIR "MONOLOGUE" IF THEY HAVE ONE
Here are the page numbers for the sides. The monologues are at the end of the PDF.
Jack and Crutchie, p. 1-2
Katherine and Jack, p. 48-49
Jack, Davey, and Les, p. 72-73
Pulitzer, Seitz, Bunson, Hannah, and Nunzio, p. 18-19
Race and Henry, p. 65
Medda and Jack, p. 71
Mayor, Pulitzer, Snyder, p. 78-79
Roosevelt, Pulitzer, Jack, p. 102-103
Newsies: Race, Mush, Davey, Romeo, Buttons, Tommy Boy, Les, Albert, Elmer, Crutchie, Jo-Jo, Jack and Romeo, p. 32-33
The Dance Audition:
LEARN THE COMBO
Here are the a youtube clips with some basic choreo for you to study and learn at home, and show us at auditions.
TIPS ON PREPARATION:
Auditions are competitive and roles are limited. Knowledge of the music and the show is required. Show us what role you deserve. It's always obvious to us who is prepared and it makes a huge impression. Practice over and over - practice in front of your parents and siblings! Ask them for feedback.
You will perform a lot better if you are memorized. Always bring your sheet music/sides with you just in case, but if you never have to look at them, it will make a much better impression! Being off-book frees up your hands to express yourself, and frees up your face and eyes so we can connect to you emotionally (instead of you looking at a paper).
Work on projecting loudly and articulating clearly.
In addition to your musical proficiency and competency, we are looking to see you act a character through song and dance. Just as (or MORE) important as a pretty voice is the way you ACT out your song. Tell us a STORY with your song! We want to see that you can use your body, your hands and your facial expressions at the same time as you sing. We know, it seems obvious, but we see so many stand-and-sing performances!
It's very, very important that you make bold, exciting choices and give the character a strong personality - that is much more important to us than having you sing or act perfectly! We can even sometimes change the key of the song for the right actor.
Do some character research! Watch videos of other performers doing your song and decide what it is you like about their performance, or don't like, and WHY. Were you bored because they just stood there and sang with their hands by their sides? Were you entertained because they acted out the lyrics well and had great facial expressions? Did you like the way they voiced the character? Did they choose things to do physically that helped tell the story? Did they have an interesting emotional arc? How was their energy? What can you do to make some memorable choices about your song and scene? :)
Be familiar with the style of the show. Is it realistic/naturalistic, or cartoonish/over the top? It's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the show.... but please do NOT merely imitate another actor's performances.
The key to comedy?... timing, being in the moment and making fresh choices!
If you do work with a vocal coach or acting coach on your audition, that is totally fine. But we ask that during the rehearsal process, you honor the direction, tastes and creative choices of your director, producer and musical director rather than any private coaches.
We are not expecting a perfect, finished product from you. It's only the beginning of the production process, and it's our job to direct you to make you even better. But we DO want to see you give it all you've got!
STEP FOUR: YOUR AUDITION DAY
@ 14236 Emelita Street, Sherman Oaks
Your audition appointment will last approximately 15 minutes and appointments are booked closely together, so please make every effort to arrive on time (or early!) We are on a tight schedule.
Bring your audition form (page 6 of the registration paperwork). We would like to know your vocal range, if possible, so if you do have a vocal coach or private teacher, please check it with them and write it on your form.
Bring your lyrics and sides with you, just in case (yes, even if you are memorized).
When you get dressed and do your hair, try to match the persona of your character. It really helps! This does not mean you should come in full costume (a suggestion of the character is the more professional route).
Wear your hair back off your face.
Wear shoes you can easily move around in.
Please don't make ANY apologies or excuses ("I'm under the weather," etc). Just walk in smiling and be your awesome, confident self! (even if you have to fake it 'til you make it!)
Try not to be too nervous. We are totally rooting for you!!! :)
STEP FIVE: CALLBACKS
@ 14236 Emelita Street, Sherman Oaks
After your initial audition, we will discuss and get back to you ASAP to schedule your callback time.
We ask that you please respect other students by not posting to social media about your audition process, or otherwise behaving in a manner that could be considered insensitive.
Callbacks will occur Feb 16-20. After that, we will be taking the weekend to discuss casting and do the hard work of deciding and scheduling.
Any students who are not cast, we will refund your deposit - or if you like, transfer the balance to one of our classes.
If you choose to pull out of the program at any time, your deposit will not be refunded.
On Monday, Feb 23 you will receive an email from us that lets you know which rehearsal dates and performance dates you are assigned to. The first rehearsal/table read is Feb 25th for Tuesday students, Feb 26th for Wednesday students. We will be posting the cast list at this table read.
We know there will be a few disappointed students. The table read is the only opportunity that we will be open to talking with the students about casting. They should not ask us "why didn't I get the part I wanted?" They are allowed to ask "what should I work on to improve for the future?"
We do not discuss casting decisions with parents, at all. Please trust us and be supportive of our casting decisions.
Thank you for reading all of this and getting this far!