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General Audition Requirements
Unless otherwise noted in the following show-specific information, all auditions require a:

  • Completed Audition Form
  • Headshot – can be a body-length picture as long as the face is clearly visible
  • Resume
  • Auditioners will be taught a song from the show – no preparation is required

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Audition Requirements

Unless otherwise noted in the following show-specific information, all auditions require a:

  • Completed Audition Form
  • Headshot – can be a body-length picture as long as the face is clearly visible
  • Resume
  • Performance of 16-32 bars of a song – bring sheet music or a karaoke-style CD

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Join us this Monday, November 11th for a fantastic dance and music workshop!

Choreographer Lynzee 4Man will teach dance technique as well as the audition dance so you’ll have an advantage for your audition!

November 11th, 2019

AGES 13-19

$45 per student


Extra, extra! Read all about it! Newsies is coming to DST!

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!

Directed by Lisa Barton Figueroa
Musical Direction by Mark 4man
Choreography by Lynzee 4man

Auditions for ages 13-19

Saturday, November 23rd from
10 am to 2 pm

Monday, November 11
10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Actors should prepare 32 bars of music to sing; accompanist provided
Please also bring a headshot, resume and completed registration form



JACK KELLY, Tenor, Male, to play 17 years old:
The charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies. Jack is an orphaned dreamer and artist who yearns to escape the crowded streets of New York City in favor of a better life out West. Fiercely protective of his best friend, Crutchie, and extremely 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 heartfelt vulnerability – especially when it comes to bantering with a certain female reporter. Must have a great pop tenor voice and sense of physicality.

CRUTCHIE, Tenor, Male, to play 14-16:
Named because of his bum leg, Crutchie is the heart of the resistance, due to his goofy-sweet sense of humor and optimistic outlook on life. He doesn’t let his disability define him, although it does help him sell more papers. He is a best friend and younger brother figure to Jack. He should have a youthful, sunny sweetness that makes the audience immediately fall in love with him.

KATHERINE PLUMBER, Pop Soprano with strong mix-belt, Female, to play 18-19 years old:
An ambitious young reporter who works hard to make a name for herself as a legitimate journalist in a time when working women aren’t taken seriously. Quick, funny, and resourceful, she boldly captures the voice of the younger generation as she covers the newsies’ strike. She has no time for cocky, entitled men, but eventually finds a soft spot for Jack. She should have a great pop belt with great diction, as her solo involves quick pattering lyrics.

DAVEY, Tenor, Male, to play 15-18:
The straight-laced, thoughtful older brother to Les. Starts selling newspapers to help his family earn a living but becomes swept up in the fight for young workers’ rights. A leader (though in a different way than Jack), Davey uses his words and his brains to organize the resistance.

LES, Unchanged voice (Boy soprano), Male, to play 10 years old:
Davey’s cheeky, smart-alecky little brother is amazed and inspired by the newsie lifestyle. He is precocious, charming, funny; a natural salesman. His energy and fervor should match all the newsies, despite him being so young.

MEDDA LARKIN, Soprano/Mezzo with strong mix/belt, Female, to play 25-35:
The big-voiced saloon singer and star of the Bowery, Medda offers her theatre as a safe haven for the newsies. She should be a great entertainer with cheeky, comedic delivery. She’s a welcoming supporter of Jack’s dream and the newsies’ revolution.

JOSEPH PULITZER, Baritenor, Male, to play 50-55:
A pompous businessman, Pulitzer is the owner of the World (the “World” newspaper) and is only concerned with the bottom line and making a profit. He relishes in his wealth and loves to be in control. He doesn’t sympathize with the strikers and is the main antagonist to Jack. It is revealed later on that he is Katherine’s father.

NEWSIE ENSEMBLE, All Voice Types, Males & Females, to play 14-18 years old:
The hard-working, streetwise kids who sell newspapers on the streets of New York and go on strike for a livable wage. The newsies should be athletic & energetic dancers, with great voices and individual characters. Some of the featured newsies include ALBERT, BUTTONS, ELMER, FINCH, HENRY, IKE, JOJO, MIKE, MUSH, RACE, ROMEO, SPECS, SPLASHER, TOMMY BOY, & SPOT CONLON. Some of the Newsie Ensemble may also double as THE DELANCEY BROTHERS and BILL & DARCY HEARST.

ADULT ENSEMBLE, All Voice Types, Males & Females, to play 25-60:
The adult ensemble should have great voices and physicality, but intense dance skills are not required. They will play a range of characters, which may be doubled, including:
THE BOWERY BEAUTIES (Females): Medda’s back-up dancers.
NUNS (Females): Charitable nuns who feed the newsies breakfast.
WIESEL (Male): The kids call him “Weasel”; he works for Pulitzer by distributing newspapers to the kids.
SEITZ (Male): An editor who advises Pulitzer, he ultimately admires the newsies’ efforts.
BUNSEN (Male): Pulitzer’s finance man, who comes up with the idea to raise prices and keep wages the same.
HANNAH (Female): Pulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary. Should have great comedic timing.
NUNZIO (Male): Pulitzer’s barber.
GUARD (Male): Kicks the newsies out of Pulitzer’s building.
SNYDER (Male): The sinister, cruel warden of the Refuge (a filthy, decrepit orphanage); wants to catch kids in order to earn a larger paycheck.
STAGE MANAGER (Any gender): Introduces Medda’s act.
PHOTOGRAPHER (Any gender): Takes photo of newsies at the end of “Seize the Day,” which makes the front page.
WOMAN (Female): A newspaper customer.
MR. JACOBI (Male): Lets the newsies plan their rebellion in his restaurant when he has no customers.
MAYOR (Male): The Mayor of New York City who refuses to shut down the newsies’ rebellion.
GOVERNOR TEDDY ROOSEVELT (Male): The Governor of New York who inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer.
POLICEMEN (Male): Assist Snyder and get into a fight with the Newsies at the end of Act One.

James and the Giant Peach Jr.

Directed by Erin Tarkington and Kristin Alba

For ages 3-18

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
December 2nd, 3rd and 5th from 4 pm to 5:30 pm
Tuition for 3-class session: $60
Tuition for 1-class session: $30

Get ready to shine at auditions with this class that
teaches the audition dance required for all roles.
Participation in this class does not guarantee casting.

Saturday, Dec. 7 & Sunday, Dec. 8 • 9am-12pm
Ages: 8 and older for solos
For your solo song: Prepare 1-2 min of a song.
Music only – no vocals or backup vocals.
Bring CD accompaniment or iPad, iPhone,
phone to play it on. No pianist provided.
To become a FRIEND contact

Sunday, Dec. 8 • 5pm (check in begins at 4pm)
Auditioners will be taught song and dance.

Please wear dance shoes or sneakers.


Please print after submitting and bring to auditions.

Character Breakdown:
JAMES TROTTER, Boy Soprano, Male, to play a 7-10 year old:
The hero of our story! James is a recently orphaned young boy who lives with his two evil aunts and dreams of having a family that loves him again. He has a great imagination and is kind to all creatures. British accent is a plus.

LADAHLORD, Baritenor, Male, to play 25-40:
The mysterious narrator of the story who has a hand in everything that happens. Ladahlord is a bit kooky and eccentric, but watches over James over the course of the story, guiding him to a better life. Ladahlord also appears disguised as smaller roles, such as an airplane pilot, a cruise worker, etc. This actor should be a captivating storyteller with great comedic timing, who can command the stage.

AUNT SPIKER & AUNT SPONGE, Mezzo-Soprano/Alto, Females:
James’s only living relatives; these women are monstrously selfish and cruel. They decide to take him into their house only to treat him as their slave. Spiker is the brains of the two, whereas Sponge only cares about what she’s going to eat next. For these two, we need excellent comedic actresses with larger-than-life personalities and big voices. Cockney accents a plus!

LADYBUG, Soprano, Female:
A warm, motherly ladybug who instantly bonds with James. Ladybug should be sweet, caring, and ladylike, but ready to laugh and have a good time. She has a bit of a crush on Grasshopper. She tenderly helps James realize that even though his parents are gone, the ones we love never really leave us.

An optimistic, happy-go-lucky grasshopper, who forms a fatherly relationship to James. He has a bit of a crush on Ladybug. If the gang is feeling down, he is the first one to start singing a song to help everyone smile again.

SPIDER, Mezzo-Soprano, Female:
A clever, spunky older-sister figure to James. She is fun-loving and finds Earthworm & Centipede’s antics hilarious.

EARTHWORM, Tenor, Any gender:
Earthworm is a gentle, cautious, and cowardly insect. They look at James as a brother, and also can sometimes let their own fears drive them crazy. Eventually, they muster up the courage to act as bait for some hungry seagulls.

CENTIPEDE, Baritenor, Male:
Centipede can be a bit of a grouch, but is still very loyal to the pack of insects. James sees him as the cranky uncle with a heart of gold. Centipede often torments Earthworm for fun, and teases James about being a human.

BILLY & BOBBY BOBBY-COP, Any voice type, Any gender:
Two police officers, they should look and move exactly alike.

MATRON NURSE, Any voice type, Female:
The woman in charge of the Painswick Orphanage, hasn’t had a day off in years. She rushes James into going home with his Aunts.

MR. & MRS. TROTTER, Any voice type, Male & Female:
James’s recently deceased parents who appear in his nightmare.

KARL KREATOR, Any voice type, Male:
A London Zoo-goer who appears in James’s nightmare-flashback.

VAGRANTS, Any voice type, Any gender:
Pick-pockets on the streets of Dover. They are mean-spirited friends to Spiker and Sponge. Featured Vagrants include: Doreen Driggles, Ridgley Rapscallion, Violet Funkschmeller, and Chris Cryermouth.

REPORTERS, Any voice type, Any gender:
The reporters hit the scene as soon as the peach starts growing larger than normal. They are led by reporter Ida Walters.

LADIES GARDEN GUILD, Any voice type, Any gender:
The Ladies Garden Guild, led by Bitsy Botana, are sensible old ladies in flowery frocks who want Spiker and Sponge to do the keynote speech at their conference, due to the giant peach.

HOLLYWOOD AGENTS, Any voice type, Any gender:
The Hollywood Agents (led by Buzz the Agent) come to investigate the peach and offer Spiker & Sponge movie and Broadway deals.

FARM ANIMALS, WILLY WONKA, & OOMPA LOOMPAS, Any voice type, any gender:
Various creatures into which the Peach rolls & crashes. Some might be familiar, from a famous chocolate factory.

ANGRY CROWD, Any voice type, any gender:
An angry crowd who searches for Spiker and Sponge when the Peach is nowhere to be found.

CRUISE-GOERS, Any voice type, any gender:
Passengers aboard the cruise ship sailing from London to New York.

SHARKS & SEAGULL DANCERS, Any voice type, any gender:
Sharks & seagulls who are attracted to the peach to eat Earthworm. They should be excellent dancers for “Plump and Juicy”.

NEW YORKERS, Any voice type, any gender:
New Yorkers, including the Screaming Women, Lucille Van Kooglestein, Bunny Mackenzie The Third, Jake and Joe all witness the peach land directly on the Empire State Building and are sent into a panic