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—Newsies—

INFORMATION ON AUDITIONS for NEWSIES
Saturday May 2, 10 am and 11 am
Monday May 4, 7 pm and 8 pm
Tuesday May 5, 7 pm and 8 pm
Performance dates July 23-26 and July 30-31 and August 1-2, 2020


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!

Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.

Auditions on Saturday May 2, 10 am and 11 am; Monday May 4, 7 pm and 8 pm; and Tuesday May 5, 7 pm and 8 pm. Please contact Debbie Landry by email or phone (info below) to let us know which date and time work best for you, so that we can control the number of people anticipated at a given time. 

Males and females, teens and up (a few parts for younger children no younger than 7). Those ages teens to mid-thirties especially encouraged to audition, although there are roles for those older as well. Please prepare 16 bars of preferably musical theatre song, but any song is fine as long as it showcases what you can do! An accompanist will be provided; please bring sheet music in the appropriate key for your audition.


Cold readings from the script will also be conducted, with a possibility of callbacks. A movement/choreography combination will be taught. Dance experience is a plus but not necessary—we will teach you what you need to know within your ability. Veteran performers AND newcomers encouraged to audition! This is a community theatre production, so all are welcome, but understand that quality of the finished product will definitely be expected and is not going to be compromised—great experience for all. This is indeed a dynamic and absolutely exciting show you want to be a part of.

Update on Logistic for Newsies auditions at the Leeds Arts Council (LAC) Theatre

We at the LAC and Michael R. Bridges, director of Newsies, are constantly monitoring updates about the shelter-in and social distancing regulations related to Covid-19.

As of now, we continue to take a “plan for the best” and “be aware and adapt for the worst’ attitude about the upcoming production of Newsies, and in the shorter term, upcoming auditions.  As far as the earlier information and dates for auditions and so forth, at this point nothing has changed–so please refer to the original announcement on how to prepare and what to expect.   Should the situation change, we will share a back-up plan for auditions and such.  Please stay aware of updates to this announcement!

Moving with the assumption we will have auditions Saturday, May 2 at 10 a.m. and Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m., we are prepared with some logistical measures to ensure safety and continued social distancing during the process:

A controlled maximum number will only be allowed in the theatre at a time.  Check-in, waiting area, and audition space will be arranged to ensure this.
You are encouraged to sign-up in advance so that we may control the number that we are anticipating at a given time.  There, it is highly advised to contact Debbie Landry by email or phone to let us know which date and hour frame would work best for you;  On Saturday, May 2 the beginning time frames will be at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.; on Monday and Tuesday, May 4 and 5, the beginning time frames will be 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.  An audition form may also be completed in advance (attached by this link).  Please bring and/or e-mail a headshot and resume as well if you have one.
Whether you pre-register or not, you need to check-in at the designated point at the LAC Theatre when you arrive.  At that time we will give you details on options on where to wait.  You will be notified in some way (in person, text, etc.) when to enter the audition area.  There will be volunteers/staff to guide you through the logistics and ensure everything stays safe.
Should you feel strongly about opting for a video audition, please let Debbie know that as well, and we will try to make arrangements (we prefer in person if at all possible).  INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!
NOTE to the ladies auditioning:  the actual singing and dancing “newsies” will be both male AND female following the tradition of many recent amateur and professional productions!

You may look at a free electronic perusal of the script and listen to a music recording at this MTI link:
https://www.mtishows.com/news/read-disneys-newsies-for-free

You may read all about the show, characters descriptions, etc. at this MTI link:  https://www.mtishows.com/newsies-0


For questions, or to pre-register, you may contact Debbie Landry at debbie.landry22@gmail.com or call   (205) 699-0712

Stay safe, keep believing, and remember theatre is food for the heart and soul!





—SUMMER STUDENT THEATRE WORKSHOP—

Summer Student Workshop – Moana Jr – June 1-14th

UPDATE due to current health crisis: If Gov. Ivey opens up our state and we make it to Phase 3 by the first of June, we plan to have the summer student theater workshop as planned. Go ahead and send in your student’s paperwork to reserve the spot. You can wait to pay on the first day of camp, after we know for sure we’ll be able to have the camp! Fingers crossed!

The Leeds Arts Council is proud to announce that  Disney’s Moana JR.  is the show chosen for the Summer Student Theater Workshop for students in grades 2-12.  The workshop will be held June 1-14 at the Leeds Theater and Arts Center, in downtown Leeds.   The workshop is a two-week workshop, with students attending 8 am to 12 noon, Monday through Friday.  There will be four performances: Friday June 12 at 7 pm, Saturday June 13 at 2 pm and 7 pm, and Sunday June 14 at 2 pm.  The director is Michael Bridges, award-winning drama director at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School. 

Based on the 2016 movie, an adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity.

The cost of the workshop is $225 per child.  If more than one child from a family attends, the cost of any additional child will be $200.   Each child who attends the workshop will have a part in the play and will appear on stage.  Tickets to all four performances will be open to family and friends of students for $5 each.

Registration must be received in person or by mail by 12 noon on Friday May 22.  Checks are to be made out to Leeds Arts Council and returned with the registration.  The maximum number of participants will be 35; if this number of registrations is reached before May 22, registration will be cut off at that point.  Please complete the registration form and return it as soon as possible.  We are looking forward to a great workshop!

For more information, contact Debbie Landry or the Leeds Arts Council office. 

Debbie Landry
(205) 699-0712
debbie.landry22@gmail.com

LAC office
(205) 699-1892
leedsartscouncilal@gmail.com

 





—SHERLOCK HOLMES—

Our spring play is happening in the fall! Moved from its original April dates, to October. Directed by Victoria Boyce.

On a dare from her fellow street urchins, 14-year-old Wiggins tries to pickpocket a strange old man. Not only is Wiggins unsuccessful, but the old man, who is actually Sherlock Holmes in disguise, manages to take the gold ring that was in Wiggins’ pocket and leave behind a note directing her where to go to get it back. When Wiggins goes to 221B Baker Street to retrieve the ring, she is shocked to find out how much Holmes knows about her based on a quick observation. After Wiggins sees Holmes use the ring to solve a case, Wiggins proposes to work as his assistant. Intrigued by her potential, Holmes agrees to begin training Wiggins on a trial basis, so long as she helps Mrs. Hudson with the chores. Wiggins and Holmes must learn to trust each other as Wiggins and her group of street urchins help him solve two dangerous mysteries: The Red Headed League and The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.