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AUDITIONS

Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, Newsies Jr. tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action. With help from the beautiful female reporter Katherine Plumber, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of “the little man.” Seize the day!

Director – Emily Smith

Music Director – Katrina Baer

Choreographer – Bryan Landgren

Where? Mount Wachusett Community College, room 182
When? Saturday, January 21 by appointment only; ages 8 – 12 at 10:00AM or 11:00AM; ages 13 – 18 at 1:00PM

TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT, CALL THE THEATRE AT THE MOUNT BOX OFFICE AT 978 630-9388, MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY, 9AM to 2PM, OR E-MAIL YOUR APPOINTMENT REQUEST TO box-office@mwcc.mass.edu  

PROOF OF COVID VACCINATION REQUIRED TO AUDITION

What? AUDITIONERS WILL BE ASKED TO SING A SHORT VOCAL SELECTION THAT WILL BE TAUGHT AT THE AUDITION; AND THERE WILL BE A DANCE AUDITION, (combination also taught at the audition) FOR ALL ROLES AND CHORUS (wear appropriate clothing and footwear). Some performers will also be asked to do cold-readings from the script. 

Performance Dates: April 2 @ 2pm (for the general public); April 3 @9:30AM, April 4, 5, 6 at 9:30AM and Noon (for school groups)

Performances are held during school hours, so all cast members must be willing and able to take 4 days off from school/work.

Tentative Rehearsal Schedule: Sundays from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, beginning early February

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS – large ensemble of kids and teens (35 – 40 performers)

Theatre at the Mount auditions and roles are open to ALL. Persons of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, ages and ability statuses are given fair consideration for any and all roles.  

Our contract with Music Theatre International restricts casting to students up to grade 12.

JACK KELLY (Character Gender: Male; Teen) – the charismatic leader of the newsies, yearns to leave the crowded streets of NYC to make a better life for himself out West

KATHERINE PLUMBER (Character Gender: Female; Teen) – a quick witted and ambitious young reporter trying to make a name for herself as a legitimate journalist against her father’s wishes

CRUTCHIE (Character Gender: Any; Teen) – Jack’s best friend, the ever-positive, dedicated newsies with a “bum leg” from polio who uses the assistance of a crutch

DAVEY (Character Gender: Male; Teen) – a new kid to the newsies world who is helping his family earn money when he is swept into the fervor of the strike

LES (Character Gender: Male; Child) – Dave’s cheeky younger brother, a pint-sized charmer who loves his independence

MEDDA LARKIN (Character Gender: Female; Teen) – a comedic, big-voiced singer and the star of the Bowery

JOSEPH PULITZER (Character Gender: Male; Teen) – a pompous businessman, owner of The World newspaper

GOVERNOR TEDDY ROOSEVELT (Character Gender: Male; Teen) – the historical figure, a well-respected civil servant

Race, Albert, Muriel, Nancy, Specs, Pigtails, Hazel, Buttons, Tommy Boy, Romeo, Jojo, Spot Conlon – close friends of Jack, the Newsies ensemble (Teen/Child)

Wiesel, Oscar & Morris Delancy, Seitz, Bunsen, Hannah, Snyder – employees of The World (Teen/Child)

Ada, Olive, Ethel (Character Gender: Female; Teens) – an upbeat trio of girls who perform in Medda’s act

For more information contact Professor Gail Steele at 978 630 – 9162 or at g_steele@mwcc.mass.edu

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AUDITIONS

Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical, including murdering the leading lady! A hilarious romp through the world of Broadway, child acting, parenthood and unbridled ambition, this campy cult favorite may just be “the stage mother of all musicals!”

Director – Lorien Corbelletti

Music Director – David Twiss

Choreographer – Kimberly Soel

CAST REQUIREMENTS – 5 principal adult roles and one child

Where? Mount Wachusett Community College, A110

When? Monday, April 3 and Wednesday, April 5 at 7PM sharp. All auditions are by appointment only.

TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT, CALL THE THEATRE AT THE MOUNT BOX OFFICE AT 978 630-9388, MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY, 9AM to 2PM, OR E-MAIL YOUR APPOINTMENT REQUEST TO box-office@mwcc.mass.edu  

PROOF OF COVID VACCINATION REQUIRED TO AUDITION

What? Please prepare a short vocal selection in the style of the show that shows your abilities and range (bring sheet music if selection is not from the show). An accompanist will be provided. Expect cold readings from the script.

Tap audition for the role of Tina Denmark only (please bring tap shoes)

Performance Dates: June 9, 10, 16, 17 @ 7:30PM; June 18 @ 2PM

Tentative Rehearsal Schedule: Sundays from 6pm to 9pm; Mondays and Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS 

Tina Denmark (9-13; tap dance proficiently) A “triple threat”, sickeningly sweet but underneath, a remorseless psychopath. She believes she was “born to play Pippi Longstocking.” Vocal range: F# below middle C to E one octave above middle C.

Judy Denmark / Ginger Del Marco (28-40) Tina’s mother, a June Cleaver-type housewife, who is transformed into Ginger, a Norma Desmond-type Broadway diva. Vocal range: F below middle C to B Flat one octave above middle C.

Sylvia St. Croix (30’s- 50’s) The stereotypical “in-your-face” talent manager who nurses aspirations of stardom and is obsessed with making Tina a star. Vocal range: A one octave below middle C to E above middle C.

Lita Encore (50’s) Judy’s adoptive mother and opinionated theater critic who hates musicals. An Ethel Merman-type. Vocal range: E below middle C to D one octave above middle C.

Myrna Thorne/ Reporter (25-50) A wannabe actress who had to settle for teaching Tina’s 3rd grade, she is the director of the school play. Vocal range: E below middle C to B above middle C.

Louise Lerman/Eve (cast as adult, 20’s-40’s) Louise is the untalented 3rd grader cast as Pippi Longstocking. Eve is Ginger’s personal assistant who has designs on becoming her understudy and eventually replacing her as the star. Vocal range: F# below middle C to C above middle C.

For more information contact Professor Gail Steele at 978 630 – 9162 or at g_steele@mwcc.mass.edu

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AUDITIONS

Dolly Levi is a widow, matchmaker, and a professional meddler who ‘arranges things.’ Everything changes when she decides that the next match, she needs to make is to find someone for herself! Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Hello Dolly! is boisterous and charming from start to finish, featuring such memorable songs as “Before the Parade Passes By,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” “It Takes a Woman,” and—of course—the title number. “It’s nice to have you back where you belong!”

Director – Joel D. Seger

Music Director – John Leslie

Choreographer – Alison Hall

CAST REQUIREMENTS – 12 principal adult roles and ensemble

Where? Mount Wachusett Community College, A110

When? Tuesday, May 23 and Thursday, May 25 at 7PM sharp. All auditions are by appointment only.

TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT, CALL THE THEATRE AT THE MOUNT BOX OFFICE AT 978 630-9388, MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY, 9AM to 2PM, OR E-MAIL YOUR APPOINTMENT REQUEST TO box-office@mwcc.mass.edu  

PROOF OF COVID VACCINATION REQUIRED TO AUDITION

What? Please prepare a short vocal selection in the style of the show that shows your abilities and range (bring sheet music if selection is not from the show). An accompanist will be provided.

Wear comfortable clothing and footwear for dance audition.

Also expect cold-readings from the script for key roles.

Performance Dates: August 11, 12, 18, 19 @ 7:30PM; August 20 @ 2PM

Tentative Rehearsal Schedule: Sundays from 6pm to 9pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm to 10pm

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS 

(Note: In referencing vocal range, C4 is Middle C on the keyboard)

Dolly Levi:  Matchmaker, widow, meddler, opportunist, life-loving, commanding, strong stage presence. Stage age: 35-50. Vocal range: baritone/male range (C3 – B4) or alto/female range (F3 – E5). Dance ability: basic

Horace Vandergelder: Well-known half-a-millionaire, widower, owns the Feed Store, gruff, set in his ways, authoritative. Stage age: 40-60. Vocal range: baritone (B3-G5). Dance ability: basic

Cornelius Hackl: Head clerk at the Feed Store, energetic, enthusiastic, and adventurous. Stage age: 30-35. Vocal range: bari-tenor (Bb3-G5).Dance ability:  moderate to strong 

Barnaby Tucker: Assistant to Cornelius at the Feed Store, naïve, energized, follower. Stage age: 17-20. Vocal range: bari-tenor (C4-G5). Dance ability: strong

Irene Molloy: Owns the Hat Shop, widow, beautiful, smart, fun-loving. Stage age: 30-35. Vocal range: mezzo-soprano (G3-F5). Dance ability: moderate to strong

Minnie Fay: Irene’s assistant, naïve, strait-laced, fresh, follower. Stage age: 17-20. Vocal range: mezzo-soprano (C4-F5). Dance ability: strong

Ambrose Tucker: Struggling artist, good-natured, accommodating, wants to marry Ermengarde. Stage age: 19-23. Vocal range: any. Dance ability:  moderate to strong

Ermengarde: Horace’s niece, whining, high-strung, wants to marry Ambrose. Stage age: 17-20. Vocal range: any. Dance ability: moderate to strong

Rudy: Maitre’d of the Harmonia Gardens, proper, commanding (accent preferred). Stage age: 40+. Vocal range: any. Dance ability: basic 

Ernestina Money: Accommodating, good-time girl (strong character actress with a robust personality). Stage age: 30+. Vocal range: any. Dance ability: none

Judge:  New York night-court judge (Strong character actor with presence.) Stage age: 40+.Vocal range: any. Dance ability: none

Mrs. Rose: Street vendor.  (Fun character role with one line). Stage age: 35+. Vocal range: any. Dance ability: none.

Waiters:  Harmonia Gardens wait staff. Stage Age:  16-30. Vocal range:  various. Dance ability:  strong

Ensemble: Miscellaneous character parts and chorus. Stage Age: 16+.Vocal range: various. Dance ability:  basic to strong 

For more information contact Professor Gail Steele at 978 630-9162 or at g_steele@mwcc.mass.edu

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