Disney Theatrical Group today, Friday 31 May 2013, announced that it would be holding exploratory open auditions in London in June 2013 for NEWSIES.
The Newsies auditions for male dancers will take place at Pineapple Dance Studios, Langley Street, London WC2H on Monday 17 June with registration at either 9.15am or 1.15pm.
Casting Director Jill Green said; “We are beginning a search to find extraordinary dance talent. The award-winning choreography by Christopher Gattelli requires energetic male dancers with excellent ballet technique, acrobatic skills, tap dancing, and more. It will be exciting for the team to meet talented men from across the country at these open auditions.”
Specific requirements for auditionees were released today. Dancers must be:
• Male, with playing age 16 to 22 years old
• Strong, technically trained dancers with excellent ballet technique
• Auditionees should also tap and sing well
• Acro and/or tumbling a plus
• All ethnicities are encouraged to attend
• Must be eligible to work in the UK
WHERE: PINEAPPLE STUDIOS
WHEN: Monday 17 June, 2013
9:15am registration/warm-up for 10am start
1:15pm registration/warm-up for 2pm start
WEAR: Dance gear, trainers, jazz shoes, tap shoes and kneepads.
BRING: Sheet music for 16 bars of a musical theatre song, a CV and a headshot, stapled back to back.
For further information on casting,
contact Jill Green Casting: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWSIES is inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899. Set in New York City at the turn of the century, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies’, who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.
NEWSIES has had an unexpected journey to Broadway. The stage adaptation of Disney’s cult-favourite film had been developed for licensing to theatre groups and its run at prestigious regional theatre Paper Mill Playhouse was intended only as a pilot production for that market.
Newsies quickly transferred to Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre, where it is now playing to sell-out crowds and standing ovations in its second year. The production was also nominated for seven Tony Awards®, winning for Best Choreography and Best Score.
With a book by Harvey Fierstein, the stage version introduces brand-new songs by the original team of Alan Menken and Jack Feldman while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including ‘Carrying the Banner, ‘Seize the Day,’ ‘King of New York’ and ‘Santa Fe.’
Details of any potential future UK production have yet to be released.