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Welcome! We hope you will audition for a Sunset show!

Every season, we hold auditions for our eight Furlan Auditorium Productions and EVERYONE is welcome to try-out for all shows!

Our DAZZLING 2021-22 SEASON! 

For further information or if you have any questions, contact Brooke Olson by calling (262) 782-4431×233 or emailing boxoffice@sunsetplayhouse.com.

Please Note:

Sunset understands that the decision to have a COVID vaccine is a personal one. However, for the safety of Sunset patrons, volunteers, casts, crews, production teams, students, and staff, we encourage you to seriously consider being fully vaccinated before you audition for a Sunset production.

WAIT UNTIL DARK

Director:  Dustin J. Martin

Auditions: September 7-8, 2021 Call backs: September 9, 2021
First Rehearsal: September 13, 2021

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WAIT UNTIL DARK will be directed by Dustin J. Martin. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. 

All people auditioning will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet for the auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by clicking here to print the Audition Sheet You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Auditions: September 7-8, 2021 

Please CLICK HERE to sign up for your time slot. We will be seeing 8 people at a time, every half hour, to encourage social distancing.

Callbacks: (if necessary) September 9, 2021

Rehearsals: September 13-October 20, 2021

Performances: October 21 – November 7, 2021

Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions.

Contact Brooke Olson at bolson@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext. 233 if you have any further audition-related questions.

Synopsis:

In 1944 Greenwich Village, Susan Hendrix, a blind yet capable woman, is imperiled by a trio of men in her own apartment. As the climax builds, Susan discovers that her blindness just might be the key to her escape, but she and her tormentors must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller’s chilling conclusion.

Character Descriptions (ages listed are flexible)

SUSAN HENDRIX – 20-35  A vivacious young woman who was blinded in a car accident. Possessing a very strong will, she is highly intuitive even when the stakes are high and her own life is on the line. Most would find her to be kind, funny, and clever who in the face of certain death, is an intellectual force to be reckoned with.

MIKE TALMAN – 25-45  A smart and charismatic con-man with an eye on the prize. He should be fit, suave, tough, though not without a relatively good moral compass. He’s a skeptic, possibly even a cynic, but he does maintain a mild admiration for Susan and her unwavering strength.

SARGEANT CARLINO – 25-65  A small-time grifter. He’s coarse, a bit uneducated, with a very flexible code of ethics. His pride is often challenged which frequently leads to a souring of his attitude.

HARRY ROAT – 25-46  A master criminal with no empathy for anyone. Like many sociopaths, he is highly intelligent and manipulates people with ease. Though he’s offbeat, he’s not eccentric. He’s consistently unfazed by his circumstances, and never takes anyone, including himself, too seriously. He’d almost be charming if he wasn’t also a sadistic murderer.

SAM HENDRIX – 20-35  An ex-marine with a deep love of photography and his wife, Susy. Being so practical and forward-thinking, he’s determined that Susy should have a life of independence despite her lack of sight. He may be a little fixated on his work at times but he’s still a good man.

GLORIA – 8-15  A young girl with mostly absent parents who often finds sanctuary with her downstairs neighbors, the Hendrix. She’s very insecure and sensitive, but she’s smarter than most adults would believe.

SHE LOVES ME

Director: Karl Miller
Choreographer: SaraLynn Evenson
Music Director: Mark Mrozek

Auditions: October 4-5, 2021 Callbacks October 7, 2021
First Rehearsal: October 11, 2021

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SHE LOVES ME will be directed by Karl Miller, Choreographed by SaraLynn Everson, Music Direction by Mark Mrozek. Please prepare a 24-bar song in the style of the show. Auditions will also include reading from the script and performing a dance combination. 

All people auditioning will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet for the auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by clicking here to print the Audition Sheet – SHE LOVES ME. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Auditions: October 4-5, 2021 

Please CLICK HERE  to sign up to reserve an audition slot.  On the night of your audition, please arrive by 6:30PM so you are ready to go by 7PM sharp.  

Everyone will dance first as a group,  followed by a vocal audition for all.

Callbacks: (if necessary) October 7, 2021

Rehearsals: October 11-December 1, 2021

Performances: December 2-19, 2021

Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions.

Contact Brooke Olson at bolson@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext. 233 if you have any further audition-related questions.

Synopsis:

Set in a 1930s European perfumery, we meet shop clerks, Amalia and Georg, who, more often than not, don’t see eye to eye. After both respond to a “lonely hearts advertisement” in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters that they exchange, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown. Join Amalia and Georg to discover the identity of their true loves… and all the twists and turns along the way!

Character Descriptions (ages listed are flexible)

Arpad Laszlo – 14-20 Delivery person at Maraczek’s Parfumerie. Enthusiastic and very commited to job. Ambitious and adorable. Vocal range top: E4 / Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Ladislav Sipos – 45-65 Not the brightest employee at Maraczek’s Parfumerie. A confidant to Georg, he is an optimistic family man who looks like a huggable father.
Vocal range top: E4 / Vocal range bottom: A2

Ilona Ritter – 25-35 Employed at Maraczek’s Parfumerie. She is sexy and learned in the ways of romance, but longing for something more from the game of love.
Vocal range top: E5 / Vocal range bottom: F#3

Steven Kodaly – 25-35 A well respected and liked employee at Maraczek’s Parfumerie. Though he is considered dapper and occasionally charming, he is more of a shallow womanizer.
Vocal range top: A4 / Vocal range bottom: B2

Georg Nowack – 25-35 An established employee of Maraczek’s Parfumerie, he resembles a hopeless romantic. Shy, intelligent, and soft spoken.
Vocal range top: F4 / Vocal range bottom: B2

Mr. Maraczek – 55-65 Owner of Maraczek’s Parfumerie. With a commanding presence, his dedication to the trade is rivaled only by his faithfulness to his wife.
Vocal range top: C4 /Vocal range bottom: B2

Amalia Balash – 25-35 The eager new employee at Maraczek’s Parfumerie. Despite being a skilled saleswoman, she easily becomes intimated and nervous. Attractive, bright, and a lover of literature.
Vocal range top: B5 / Vocal range bottom: C4

Ensemble – All Ages – 4 total – male or female – must have strong vocal ability

4 WEDDINGS AND AN ELVIS

Director: Michael (Paco) Pocaro

Auditions: November 29-30, 2021

Callbacks December 1, 2021

First Rehearsal: December 7, 2021

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FOUR WEDDINGS AND AN ELVIS will be directed by Michael (Paco) Pocaro. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. 

All people auditioning will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet for the auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by clicking here to print the Audition Sheet. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Auditions: November 29-30, 2021 

Please CLICK HERE to sign up for your time slot. We will be seeing 8 people at a time, every half hour, to encourage social distancing.

Callbacks: (if necessary) December 1, 2021

Rehearsals: December 7, 2021-January 19, 2022

Performances: January 20-February 6, 2022

Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions.

Contact Brook Olson at bolson@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext. 233 if you have any further audition-related questions.

Synopsis:

Sandy, the four-times-married-three-times-divorced owner of a wedding chapel in Las Vegas, has certainly seen her fair share of matrimonies! In the hilarious Four Weddings and an Elvis, we witness four of her funniest:

  • Bev and Stan, who are getting married–by the King himself–as revenge on their exes
  • Vanessa and Bryce, two arrogant aging stars who are tying the knot as a publicity ploy, and are vexed by an aging Elvis who doesn’t know who they are
  • Martin and Fiona, a gentle postal-worker and a tough ex-con trying to get married before the police arrive!
  • However, the final wedding is the funniest all: Sandy’s fifth and final wedding which reveals a hilarious twist!

With memorable characters, FOUR WEDDINGS AND AN ELVS is a comedic treat certain to please audiences!

Character Descriptions (ages listed are flexible)

Scene 1:  The Payback

Bev – 25-45 The angry bride. Recently dumped, Bev is intent on a revenge marriage, but with the benefit of actually loving the man she is using to get even.

Stan – 25-45 The angry groom. The angry groom: Dumped by his wife, he is determined to marry the ex of the guy who got his gal. Still carrying a major torch for his former wife, revenge seems the right thing to do.

John – 25-50 The Elvis minister who works next door: He is able to play Elvis at the drop of a sequined hat, but has a sensitive, non-cynical side

Sandy – 40-60 The wedding chapel owner. Four-times-married-three-times-divorced owner of a wedding chapel in Las Vegas.

Scene 2: The Comeback

Vanessa – 45-65 The older bride: A fading actress who saw her glory days in a beach-blanket-bongo spy vs spy sitcom. 50’s with well-kept glamour.

Bryce – 45-65 The older –groom: A fading actor who wants to capture his bygone days when surfing against the soviets was his life. A one-time pretty boy, still a very well-groomed groom to be.

Lou – 50-75 The minister: a bit off in some ways, but watches well, and has a faint remnant of when he was once an Elvis to be reckoned with. Sandy

Scene 3: The Real Thing

Fiona – 25-35 The bride, tough ex-con. Never got a chance to make life work – bad home life, poor choice in friends, even worse choice in boyfriends, now recently paroled and united with her postman pen pal love.

  Marvin – 40-50 The groom, gentle postal worker: As well versed in zip codes as his scriptures, Marvin knows to look on the inside and past the tattoos for an eternal companion.

 Fist – 25-35 Scary friend of the bride: Obey the fist. He is Cro-Magnon felon who punches first and thinks about fourth or fifth…maybe sixth.

Scene 4: The Epilogue

All characters from previous scenes will reappear in this scene.

More information to follow.

Director: Donna Daniels

Auditions: January 17-18, 2022 Callbacks January 19, 2022
First Rehearsal: January 24, 2022

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 BAREFOOT IN THE PARK be directed by Donna J. Daniels. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. 

All people auditioning will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet for the auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by clicking here to print the Audition Sheet You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Auditions: January 17-18, 2022 

Please CLICK HERE to sign up for your time slot. We will be seeing 8 people at a time, every half hour, to encourage social distancing.

Callbacks: (if necessary) January 19, 2022

Rehearsals: January 24-March 2, 2022

Performances: March 3-20, 2022

Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions.

Contact Brooke Olson at bolson@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext. 233 if you have any further audition-related questions.

Synopsis:

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find – too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic, Velasco, where everything that can go wrong does. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, as she sees it. He’s too staid, too boring, and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous. Running “barefoot in the park” would be a start…

Character Descriptions (ages listed are flexible)

Corie Bratter – 21-28 A a free-thinking young woman who has just married Paul Bratter and who tries to decorate their apartment. Her main objective is having new adventures, and she isn’t very practical.

Paul Bratter – 21-30 A young lawyer who marries Corie and is far more concerned with practical matters than she is. He does not like their uncomfortable, small apartment in a bohemian section of New York City and would prefer a more traditional lifestyle than his wife.

Ethel Banks – 50-70 Corie’s widowed mother. She lives a placid, boring life in New Jersey and cannot really stomach Corie’s lifestyle. She can barely even get up to Corie’s apartment, and she tends to complain a great deal about anything new and about her bodily ailments until she finds Corie’s adventurous neighbor, Victor Velasco.

Victor Velasco – 25-60 Corie and Paul’s eccentric, womanizing neighbor who is a gourmet cook and who shares Corie’s sense of fun and adventure. A middle-aged man, he lives in the attic above Corie and Paul’s small apartment. He eventually winds up in a couple with Ethel after Corie sets them up on a blind date.

Telephone repairman – 50-70 He goes up, huffing and puffing, to Corie and Paul’s new apartment in an attempt to fix the phone, and he witnesses their marital discord.

SOMETHING ROTTEN

Director/Choreographer: Karl Miller
Music Director: Mark Mrozek

Auditions: February 14-15, 2022 Call backs February 17, 2022
First Rehearsal: Feb 21, 2022

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SOMETHING ROTTEN will be directed and choreographed by Karl Miller with Music Direction by Mark Mrozek. Please prepare a 24-bar song in the style of the show. Auditions will also include reading from the script and performing a dance combination. 

All people auditioning will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet for the auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by clicking here to print the Audition Sheet You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Everyone welcome!

Auditions: February 14-15, 2022.  You will first perform a dance audition.  Then, after everyone has sung, there will be a vocal audition.  

Callbacks:  February 17 will include singing songs from the show, reading from the script, and dance.

Please CLICK HERE to sign up to reserve an audition slot.  On the night of your audition, please arrive by 6:30PM so you are ready to go by 7PM sharp.  

Everyone will dance first and then sing afterwards.

Callbacks: (if necessary) February 17, 2022

Rehearsals: February 21-April 20, 2022

Performances: April 21-May 8, 2022

Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions.

Contact Brooke Olson at bolson@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext. 233 if you have any further audition-related questions.

Synopsis:

Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.

Something Rotten features large song and dance numbers, and a wacky cast of over-the-top characters, each given his or her own special moment in the show to shine.  Throughout its Broadway run, the musical received a show-stopping standing ovation from audiences… in the beginning of the first act! 

Character Descriptions (ages listed are flexible)

Shakespeare – 30-40 The Bard. Over the top with a huge ego.
Vocal range top: Ab4 / Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Nick Bottom – 30-40 A struggling writer who cannot stand Shakespeare. Nigel’s older brother.
Vocal range top: G4 / Vocal range bottom: A2

Nigel Bottom – 30-40 Nick’s sweet younger brother. A struggling writer who falls in love with Portia, a Puritan.  Vocal range top: A4 / Vocal range bottom: Eb3

Bea 30-40 Nick’s wife. She loves Nick despite his past lack of success. She dresses up like a man to prove she can be an actor. Vocal range top: D5 / Vocal range bottom: D3

Portia 20-35 A Puritan woman who loves poetry, theater, and ultimately Nigel.
Vocal range top: F#5 / Vocal range bottom: G3

Nostradamus 40-50 A soothsayer

Brother Jeremiah 50-70 Portia’s father. A Puritan who thinks Nick and Nigel’s plays are sinful.
Vocal range top: G4 / Vocal range bottom: G3

Lord Clapham 25-60 A posh patron of the theater.

Shylock 25-70 An investor to whom Nick and Nigel are in debt.

Minstrel 20-40 Vocal range top: A4 / Vocal range bottom: C#3

Ensemble – all ages Roles include: Minstrel, Townspeople, Troupe, Lord Clapham, Shylock, Man Servants, Crowd, Chorus, and more

AN INSPECTOR CALLS

Director: Carol Dolphin

Auditions: April 4-5, 2022 Callbacks April 6, 2022
First Rehearsal: April 25, 2022

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AN INSPECTOR CALLS will be directed by Carol Dolphin. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. 

All people auditioning will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet for the auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by clicking here to print the Audition Sheet You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Auditions: April 4-5, 2022 

Please CLICK HERE to sign up for your time slot. We will be seeing 8 people at a time, every half hour, to encourage social distancing.

Callbacks: (if necessary) April 6, 2022

Rehearsals: April 25-June 1, 2022

Performances: June 2-19, 2022

Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions.

Contact Brooke Olson at bolson@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext. 233 if you have any further audition-related questions.

Synopsis:

The action of the play occurs in an English industrial city, where a young girl commits suicide and an eminently respectable British family is subject to a routine inquiry in connection with the death. An inspector calls to interrogate the family, and during the course of his questioning, all members of the group are implicated lightly or deeply in the girl’s undoing. The family, closely knit and friendly at the beginning of the evening, is shown up as selfish, self-centered or cowardly, its good humor turning to acid, and good fellowship to dislike, before the evening is over.

Character Descriptions (ages listed are flexible)

Arthur Birling – 50-60 The patriarch of the Birling family. Arthur is a “rather portentous” man “in his fifties” who owns a profitable manufacturing company. His business success allows the Birlings to live in upper-middle-class comfort. Birling believes that capitalist principles of individual willpower and the protection of company profits are good for business and good for society.

Sybil Birling – 50-60 The matriarch of the Birling family. Sybil is described in the play’s performance notes as “cold.” Though she is pleased her daughter Sheila is engaged to be married, she tends to ignore any potential discord in the family. Sybil serves on a charitable committee in the town, and busies herself with social events befitting a woman whose husband is a business success. She protects what she perceives to be the family’s good image and standing in the community.

Sheila Birling – 20-25 Daughter of Arthur and Sybil. Sheila, “in her early twenties,” is engaged to Gerald and believes, at the start of the play, that her future lies bright before her. But knowledge of her role, and the family’s role, in Eva/Daisy’s death devastates Sheila, who wonders how her family can go on afterward, pretending simply that nothing has happened.

Eric Birling – 25-30 Son of Arthur and Sybil, and older brother of Sheila. Eric works part-time at the family business and has a drinking problem that he hides, with some success, from his parents and sister. When it is revealed that Eric had a romantic relationship with a woman, resulting in a child born out of wedlock, the family must confront facts about Eric’s life, and about their own, which they had sought previously to ignore.

Gerald Croft 20-20 Fiancé to Sheila, and son of another prominent manufacturing family. Gerald is from a more socially-elevated family, and Arthur worries that Gerald’s parents believe he is making a “poor match” in marrying Sheila. Although the Inspector criticizes Gerald’s affair with Daisy, the Inspector notes that Gerald is perhaps the least culpable, and most morally upright, of all the characters.

Inspector Goole – 30-65 A representative, supposedly, of the local police force, sent to investigate Eva Smith/Daisy Renton’s suicide. The Inspector asks all the Birlings, and Gerald, questions about Eva/Daisy. It seems that the Inspector knows the answer to everything he asks, but wants the family to admit to various instances of wrongdoing.

Edna – 20-35 The Birlings’ maid. Edna mostly sets the scenes in which the family eats and talks. She is not, like the Birlings, of the upper-middle class, but instead makes money by virtue of her labor.

NEWSIES

Director: Tommy Lueck
Choreographer: Reggie Kurschner
Music Director: Mark Mrozek

 Auditions: May 11-12, 2022 Call Backs May 13, 2022
First Rehearsal: May 23, 2022

Please click HERE to view our full Sunset Playhouse COVID-19 Guidelines

NEWSIES be directed by Tommy Lueck, choreographed by Reggie Kurschner, with Music Direction by Mark Mrozek. Please prepare a 24-bar song in the style of the show. Auditions will also include reading from the script and performing a dance combination. 

All people auditioning will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet for the auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by clicking here to print the Audition Sheet. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

Auditions: May 11-12, 2022  Please arrive at 6:30 PM.  Auditions will begin at 7PM.  All will sing first (in order of arrival) after vocal audition, all will participate in the dance audition.  Be prepared to stay until 10PM if asked.  

Callbacks: May 13, 2022.  Arrival at 6:30PM.  Callbacks, if needed, will include singing songs from the show, reading from the script, and dancing.

Please CLICK HERE to sign up to reserve an audition slot.  On the night of your audition, please arrive by 6:30PM so you are ready to go by 7PM sharp.  

Everyone will sing first in order of arrival followed by a dance audition for all.

Callbacks: (if necessary) May 13, 2022

Rehearsals: May 23-July 13, 2022

Performances: July 14-August 7, 2022

Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions.

Contact Brooke Olson at bolson@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext. 233 if you have any further audition-related questions.

Synopsis:

It’s time to carry the banner on your stage with Disney’s Newsies! Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right!

Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of HorrorsSister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.

Character Descriptions (ages listed are flexible)

Jack Kelly – 16-22 – The charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies, is an orphaned 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.  
Vocal range top: A4 / Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Crutchie – 13-22 – 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.
Vocal range top: A4 /Vocal range bottom: C3

Davey – 15-22 – 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.
Vocal range top: A4 / Vocal range bottom: D3

Les 10-16 – 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 sales boy and a pint-sized charmer. He should present as younger than the other newsies.
Vocal range top: Bb3 / Vocal range bottom: Db3

Newsies – 13-22 – 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 – 10-22 – Three newsies who are hesitant to join the strike.

Spot Conlon 17-22 – The proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an intimidating reputation and a short singing solo in “Brooklyn’s Here.”

Katherine Plumber 17-22 – 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 resourceful, she boldly 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.
Vocal range top: F5 / Vocal range bottom: A3

Darcy – 15-22 – 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 – 35-60 – 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 – 15-22 – 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.

Joseph Pulitzer – 35-60 – 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.
Vocal range top: F4 /Vocal range bottom: C3

Seitz – 30-60 – Editor, advises Pulitzer, but ultimately admires the kids’ newspaper.

Bunsen – 30-60 – Pulitzer’s bookkeeper, comes up with the ideas to raise the newsies’ price per paper.

Hannah – 20-50 – Pulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary.

Nunzio – 30-50 – Pulitzer’s barber.

Snyder 30-65 – 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 – 25-50 – 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.
Vocal range top: E5 / Vocal range bottom: F3

The Bowery Beauties – 18-30 – Female performers at Medda’s Theater.

Mr. Jacobi – 35-60 – Allows the newsies to congregate in his restaurant to plan their strike – when he doesn’t have any paying customers, that is.

Mayor – 30-60 – The Mayor of New York City rebuffs Pulitzer’s attempts to shut down the newsies’ strike.

Governor Teddy Roosevelt – 50-65 – A well-respected lifelong public servant, inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer.

Ensemble – All ages – Goons, Stage Manager, Policemen, Guards, Nuns, Photographer, Policeman