Auditions for Disney’s Newsies

Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre (ESRT) announces auditions for Disney’s Newsies, to be performed at Henry George Park in Fairhope for the fifth annual Theatre on the Bluff on May 3-5, 2018. Auditions for 3rd graders through adults will be held Tuesday, January 16 from 4pm to 7pm and Wednesday, January 17 from 4pm to 7pm at the Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre Studio located in the Dance Arts South building at 251 Greeno Road South in Fairhope.

Inspired by the real-life "Newsboy Strike of 1899” in New York City at the turn of the century, Disney’s Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged "newsies," who finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right. Newsies features a score by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.

Individuals who plan to audition should prepare sixteen bars of a musical theatre audition piece. Potential cast members should plan to audition on either Tuesday or Wednesday, but not both. Invitation-only callbacks will be required for some individuals and will be held on Thursday, January 18, beginning at 4pm. A full cast rehearsal will be held on Saturday, January 20, from 9am-12pm. Although not required, we encourage you to print and complete this audition form in advance and bring it with you.

ESRT is also offering a Newsies dance workshop for those wishing to learn some of the audition choreography in advance. The dance workshop is not required to audition, and no reservations are necessary. The workshop will be held on Saturday, January 6 from 1-3 pm at the ESRT Studio. Cost is $20.00 per student. Bring cash or a check made out to Matthew Kiel.

For more information please email questions to