Auditions

Tyler Civic Theatre is a community theatre, which means that the actors who perform on our stage are everyday people who have a talent and interest in the theatre. Everyone from the novice to the most seasoned actor is welcome to audition for our productions. From musicals to comedies, dramas, and children's productions, there is something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming audition!

Upcoming Auditions

Mamma Mia!

Audition Dates

April 8, 2019, 7 p.m.
April 10, 2019, 7 p.m.

Description


Donna Sheridan Female Lead Mezzo-Soprano, Alto

Sophie Sheridan Female Lead Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano

Tanya Cresham-Leigh Female Supporting Mezzo-Soprano, Alto

Sam Carmichael Male Supporting Baritone

Harry Bright Male Supporting Tenor, Baritone

Bill Austin Male Supporting Baritone

Rosie Mulligan Female Supporting Alto

Sky Male Supporting Tenor, Baritone

Ali Female Featured Mezzo-Soprano

Lisa  Female Featured Mezzo-Soprano

Father Alexandrios  Male Featured Tenor, Baritone, Bass

Eddie  Male Featured Tenor, Baritone

Pepper  Male Featured Tenor, Baritone

Ensemble  Either Gender Ensemble Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass

Newsies

Audition Dates

May 20, 2019, 7 p.m.
May 21, 2019, 7 p.m.

Description

Casting

Cast Size: Large 21 And Up

Cast Type: Ensemble Cast
Dance Requirements: Heavy

Character Breakdown

Jack Kelly

The charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies, is an oprhaned dreamer and artist who yearns to get out of the crowded streets of New York and make a better life for himself out West. Fiercely protective of his best friend, Crutchie, and strongly 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 sweet vulnerability – especially when it comes to bantering with a certain female reporter. Must have a great pop tenor voice and sense of physicality.

Gender: Male
Age: 16 to 20
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2
 
 
Crutchie

A dedicated newsie with a bum leg that’s painful, but helps sell more papes. Though he walks with the assistance of a crutch, Crutchie doesn’t let it define him; when in a jam, Jack Kelly’s best friend relies on a goofy- sweet sense of humor and optimistic resilience. Crutchie is the heart of the resistance. Though his movement will suggest his bum leg, Crutchie should still be included in the dance numbers.

Gender: Any
Age: 13 to 17
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: C3
 
 
Davey

Les’s straight-laced, bright big brother starts selling newspapers to help his family earn a living, but becomes swept up in the fervor of the strike. A leader in his own right who is learning to use his voice to uplift others, Davey is the brains of the resistance.

Gender: Male
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: D3
 
 
Les

Davey’s cheeky younger brother, is inspired by the freedom of the newsies and loves their independent lifestyle. A precocious and natural newsie, Les is an intuitive salesboy and a pint-sized charmer. He should present as younger than the other newsies.

Gender: Male
Age: 10 to 15
Vocal range top: Bb3
Vocal range bottom: Db3
 
 
Newsies

Including Albert, Buttons, Elmer, Finch, Henry, Ike, Jo Jo, Mike, Mush, Race, Romeo, Specs, Splasher, and Tommy Boy, are some of the hard-working kids of New York City that go on strike for a livable wage. 

Gender: Male
Age: 13 to 20
 
 
Scabs

Three newsies who are hesitant to join the strike.

Gender: Any
Age: 10 to 20
 
 
Spot Conlon
 
 The proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an intimidating reputation and a short singing solo in “Brooklyn’s Here.”
Gender: Any
Age: 17 to 20
 
 
Katherine Plumber

An ambitious young reporter, works hard to make a name for herself as a legitimate journalist in a time when women aren’t taken seriously. Quick, funny, and resourcesful, she boldy captures the voice of a new generation rising in her coverage of the newsies’ strike. While she generally has no time for cocky, streetwise young men, she makes an exception for Jack Kelly. Though she only has a brief dance solo in “King of New York,” Katherine should have a great contemporary pop voice with a high belt – diction is key.

Gender: Female
Age: 17 to 20
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3
 
 
Darcy

The upper-class kid of a publisher who sides with the newsies. Can double as a newsie. 

Gender: Any
Age: 15 to 20
 
 
Bill

The son of William Randolph Hearst who joins the newsies' cause. Can double as a newsie. 

Gender: Male
Age: 15 to 25
 
 
Wiesel

Or “Weasel,” runs the distribution window for the World and knows most of the newsies by name. Assisted by the intimidating Delancey brothers, who keep order by any means necessary, Wiesel is Pulitzer’s disgruntled paper- pusher.

Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 50
 
 
Oscar and Morris Delancey

Tough brothers who work at the distribution window for the World, take the side of the publishers in the strike and are known to use their fists to make a point.

Gender: Male
Age: 15 to 20
 
 
Goons

Assist the Delanceys in roughing up the newsies at the end of Act One.

Gender: Male
Age: 15 to 20
 
 
Joseph Pulitzer

A pompous businessman through and through, owns the World and is concerned solely with the bottom line. Katherine’s no-nonsense father, Pulitzer doesn’t sympathize with the strikers, but he does eventually – and grudgingly – respect Jack.

Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 50
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: C3
 
 
Seitz

Editor, advises Pulitzer, but ultimately admires the kids’ newspaper.

Gender: Any
 
 
Bunsen

Pulitzer’s bookkeeper, comes up with the ideas to raise the newsies’ price per paper.

Gender: Any
Age: 35 to 50
 
 
Hannah

Pulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary.

Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 40
 
 
Nunzio

Pulitzer’s barber.

Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 50
 
 
Guard

The Guard removes the newsies from Pulitzer’s building.

Gender: Any
Age: 20 to 60
 
 
Snyder

The crooked and sinister warden of The Refuge, a filthy and horrible orphanage, is concerned only with catching enough kids to keep his government checks coming.

Gender: Any
Age: 45 to 65
 
 
Medda Larkin

Inspired by vaudeville performer Aida Overton Walker, this big-voiced saloon singer and star of the Bowery offers her theater as a safe haven for the newsies. An astute entertainer with great comic delivery, she’s a good friend to Jack and stands firmly behind the newsies in their fight for justice.

Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 45
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: F3
 
 
The Bowery Beauties

Female performers at Medda’s Theater.

Gender: Female
Age: 18 to 30
 
 
Stage Manager

Introduces Medda's act. 

Gender: Any
Age: 25 to 55
 
 
Nuns

The three nuns offer breakfast to the hungry newsies. Feel free to cast additional nuns.

Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 60
 
 
Photographer

Takes the triumphant photo of the newsies at the end of “Seize the Day.”

Gender: Any
Age: 15 to 25
 
 
Woman

A newspaper customer. 

Gender: Any
Age: 15 to 45
 
 
Mr. Jacobi

Allows the newsies to congregate in his restaurant to plan their strike – when he doesn’t have any paying customers, that is.

Gender: Any
Age: 35 to 55
 
 
Policemen

Assist Snyder and turn against the newsies in the fight that concludes Act One.

Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 60
 
 
Mayor

The Mayor of New York City rebuffs Pulitzer’s attempts to shut down the newsies’ strike.

Gender: Male
Age: 45 to 60
 
 
Governor Teddy Roosevelt

A well-respected lifelong public servant, inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer.

Gender: Male
Age: 50 to 65
Ensemble

In the original Broadway production, the adult (non-newsie) ensemble comprised eight actors who doubled and understudied as indicated below. All other featured roles and understudies were cast from the ensemble of newsies. Feel free to follow these tracks or expand as your resources allow.

FEMALE ENSEMBLE 1 - Nun / Hannah / Bowery Beauty / Katherine understudy
FEMALE ENSEMBLE 2 - Nun / Woman / Bowery Beauty / Medda understudy
FEMALE ENSEMBLE 3 - Nun / Medda Larkin
MALE ENSEMBLE 1 - Wiesel / Stage Manager / Mr. Jacobi / Mayor / Pulitzer understudy
MALE ENSEMBLE 2 - Seitz / Roosevelt understudy
MALE ENSEMBLE 3 - Bunsen / Male Ensemble 1 understudy
MALE ENSEMBLE 4 - Nunzio / Guard / Policeman / Roosevelt
MALE ENSEMBLE 5 - Snyder / Pulitzer understudy

Gender: Any

Frequently Asked Questions

What time do auditions start?
Generally, at 7 p.m. This can vary! Check the web site.

Should I read the script ahead of time?
Not a bad idea, unless you are great at cold readings. If it’s a classic play, you might find a copy in the library.

What happens when I get there?
If it’s your first time at TCTC, the producers will take a photo of you in the lobby and ask you to complete a page with name, contact information, and any conflicts you already have during rehearsal weeks. After you are seated in the theater, the director will call on persons to read selected portions of the script. Everyone else listens, so you’ll listen and read, listen and read, until everyone there has had a chance. It’s very non-threatening! If the show is a musical, in addition to reading from the script, you’ll also be asked to demonstrate your singing range (solo) and ability to follow dance steps (in a group).

Are shows pre-cast?
No. While it is theater policy for producers to make reminder calls so persons suited for roles are aware of auditions, there are regularly new actors in every cast. Can a role go to a brand-new, walk-in-off-the-street person? If he or she is the best person for the role, you bet! TCTC enthusiastically welcomes newcomers.

Should I come both nights?
Not necessarily – although, if you are free to do so, it gives the director a chance to hear you read with a variety of persons. Often at the close of a Monday night session, a director will indicate if he or she hopes everyone will return on Tuesday or whether it’s not needed. You are welcome to return to hear others or if you think you might improve on your first night's reading, but priority on Tuesday nights goes to those who couldn’t come on Monday.

Who decides on the cast?
For a non-musical, the director. For a musical, the stage director in consultation with the musical director and choreographer. Generally, a director will follow the playwright’s guidelines, but he or she may deviate from those for artistic interpretation or the availability of people in the community to take appropriate roles. It’s the director’s call.

How will I know who is cast?
If you are cast, generally the director will telephone you by Wednesday or Thursday to ask if you will accept the role he or she is offering. Once the cast members are confirmed, their names are posted on the web site. Per theater policy, the director or the producers will telephone or e-mail each person not cast. Because TCTC appreciates all who audition, we try to leave no auditioner "hanging" in silence. We want you to come back!

Rehearsals?
Check with the director during auditions, but rehearsals usually start the Monday after the week of auditions. For planning purposes, you should block your calendar from that date through the end of the show.

Any other tips?
Yes!

Speak distinctly. Enunciate. Enunciate. Enunciate.
Speak with carrying volume. Project. Project. Project.

While you’re reading, don’t turn your back on the director. He/She would like to see your facial expressions as well as hear you.