Auditions for Summer Theatre Festival Presentation of ‘Newsies’ Scheduled for May 10 and 11

Open auditions for the Southwestern College Summer Theatre Festival production of the 2012 Tony Award-winning musical “Newsies” will be on Friday, May 10, from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center, and on Saturday, May 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Winfield High School Auditorium.  “Newsies” will be performed July 12, 13, and 14.

The auditions are for all ages.  Individuals auditioning can prepare a song or can sing a song from the show.  Contact director Allyson Moon at (620) 229-6328 or by email at, to request audition materials.  Scenes from “Newsies” will be used for the acting portion of the audition and will be provided.  Dance auditions will also be included.

“‘Newsies’is a musical that inspires,” says Moon.  “Who doesn’t love a really good story that features the triumph of the underdog against impossible odds?  That inspiration is doubled or tripled when it is done with song and dance.  This musical sends a message of hope for all the little people in the world, and most of us are the little people.”

“Newsies” is a musical based on the 1992 musical film “Newsies,” which in turn was inspired by the real-life newsboys strike of 1899 in New York City. The show has music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and a book by Harvey Fierstein based on the film's screenplay by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White.

Other productions for the summer include “Madagascar” June 7 and 8, and “Nunsense” July 26, 27, and 28.

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