Join The Woodland Opera House

Auditions

Disney’s Newsies

AUDITION DATES: Sunday, June 23rd at 5:00 PM and Monday, June 24th at 7:00 PM at 340 2nd Street, Woodland.

 

Callbacks for those asked to return will be held on Wednesday, June 26th at 7:00 PM.

Rehearsals begin July 7th and will be held Sunday through Thursdays from 7-10 PM

PERFORMANCE DATES: September 6th-29th Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM

 

PRODUCTION INFORMATION

Director: CRISSI CAIRNS
Vocal Director: JAMES CHAVEZ GLICA-HERNANDEZ

Musical Director: JIA-MIN TANG ROSENDALE
Choreographer: JACOB GUTIERREZ- MONTOYA
Stage Manager: MELISSA DAHLBERG

 

 

INFO FOR AUDITIONERS:

BRING A PHOTO AND RESUME with you to the audition. It does NOT have to be a professional photo.

WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHING AND BRING TAP AND DANCE SHOES. A tap and jazz dance routine will be taught then performed in small groups.

PREPARE A SONG in the style of pop or musical theatre that accurately demonstrates your vocal ability and range and have sheet music in the appropriate key. We will provide an accompanist. No a cappella or CD accompaniment auditions please.

 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Jack Kelly

The charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies is an orphaned 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 30

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 30

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 30

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: D3

 

Les

Davey’s cheeky 10-year-old brother is inspired by the freedom of the newsies and loves their independent lifestyle. A precocious and natural newsie, Les is an intuitive sales boy and a pint-sized charmer. He should present as younger than the other newsies.

Gender: Male

Age: 8-13

Vocal range top: Bb3

Vocal range bottom: Db3

 

Newsies

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: Any

Age: 13 to 25

 

Scabs

Three newsies who are hesitant to join the strike.

Gender: Any

Age: 12 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 25

 

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 resourceful, she boldly 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: 16 to 25

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 30

 

Goons

Assist the Delancey’s in roughing up the newsies at the end of Act One.

Gender: Male

Age: 15 to 30

 

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 60

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. 

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 70

 

Governor Teddy Roosevelt

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

Gender: Male

Age: 50 to 65

Stepping Out

Director: Bob Cooner

Choreographer: Darryl Strohl-DeHerrera

Stage Manager: Chris Taloff

 

Audition Dates:  Sunday, July 21 & Monday, July 22 at 7 pm. Sunday, July 21 will be readings only. You may be called back for a tap audition and for additional readings on Monday, July 22. 

 

Location: The Woodland Opera House Theatre and Dance Annex (TADA), 520 Court St.  Woodland, CA 95695

  

Important Dates:  Rehearsals will begin mid-late August (Mon-Thurs). Tech week will be October 13-17 (Sun-Thurs). The show runs October 18-November 10, Fri-Sat (7:30 PM), Sun (2 PM).

 

What the Play is About: Stepping Out is a comedy about eight adult individuals from disparate backgrounds and with differing motivations who attend the same weekly tap dancing class in a dingy church hall in north London. Despite the students at first treating the classes as social occasions and showing little coordination, they later develop a level of skill and cohesiveness. The dance routines are the background for the real focus of the play which is the myriad relationships and interactions of the different types of people.

 

What to Prepare:  For those with little or no tap/movement experience, we are simply looking for a willingness to learn. The audition will involve a movement audition; this is to gauge how tap dancing is approached/enjoyed rather than how well it is performed. The character of Mavis, however, must be an experienced, proficient tapper.

 

The play takes place in London, but none of the characters in the play is a posh, upper-crust Brit. Their accents are more middle- and working-class. Prepare to read with an approximation of that type of British accent. YouTube videos might be a useful preparation tool.

 

This play is very story- and character-driven; therefore, we are looking for actors who can make distinct, believable, three-dimensional character choices, but who also can adapt to direction.  

    

What to Bring: Headshot with resume (if possible) and a list of your conflicts for the dates of the rehearsal process.  No conflicts allowed for the week before tech through the run of the show (please be aware that conflicts may affect casting). Wear clothes/shoes to move in.

 

Character Breakdown:

10 characters: 9 Females, 1 Male. 1 Female playing age 18-25; all other roles playing 30 years +.

 

Mavis: the teacher; ex-pro dancer; attractive; considerate, organized and always obviously in charge of the group. Required: experienced, proficient tap-dancer; 30-50.

 

Lynne: eager to please; understatedly pretty; never wears make-up; a student nurse; about 18-25.

Dorothy: small; anxious; birdlike; habit of repeating other people’s last words: 30+.

Maxine: confident; attractive; business woman; flashy; 35+.

Andy (female): thin; timid; bullied by her husband; 30+

Geoffrey: shy; quiet; honest; a bit bumbling; widower; has a crush on Andy; ability to play the piano a plus; 35+.

Sylvia: bubbly; flirty; over-ample curves; 30+.

Rose: black (Trinidadian); big personality; religious; 35+.

Vera: neat; proper; snobbish, but well-meaning; expensive tastes in clothes (but doesn’t quite get it right);

immaculate hair & make-up; aspiring middle-class, 35+.

Mrs. Fraser: the class pianist; intolerant; sarcastic; grumpy; believes she is doing everyone a favor just by being there; ability to play the piano a plus; 50+.

 

Cast Lists

Ti Moune Chloe Sears
Daniel Bailey Robinson-Burmester
Agwe James Hayakawa
Asaka Erin Bruni
Erzulie Ahlani Santos
Papa Ge Jordan Hayakawa
Mama Euralie Megan Perkins
Ton Ton Julian Matteo Nouve
Andrea Cassidy Ruiz
Armand Zach Holt
Little Girl Sevy Moreno
Little Ti Moune Paige Hulbert

Storytellers: Ellieza Barth, Chantelle Holt, McKenna Kessler, Jonathan Ortiz, Collin Robinson-Burmester, Brady Stephens, Frances Thayer, Zariah Williamson

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang JR Cast List

 

Allison Hulbert:   Boris
Amelia Robinson-Burmester:  Miss Phillips
Audrey Juarez:   Jeremy Potts
Brady Stephens:   Goran
Chloe Nelson:  Jemima Potts
Collin Robinson-Burmester:  Caractacus Potts
Hailey Carrell:  Mr. Coggins
Jack Collins:   Baron
Journey Ostlind: Toymaker
Kai Chaidez:  Grandpa
Kylie Koop: Baroness
Lanea Christianson: Junkman
Owen Brian:  Lord Scrumptious
Skye Falyn:  Truly Scrumptious
Sophie Symes: Child Catcher

           

Sweet Factory Workers:       

Ainah Suva     
AJ Felix (Chef 1)         
Anna Coleman (Chef 2)         
Brooklyn Romero       
Gianna Santoni          
Jane Collins    
Keira Petrik    
Lynsey Goldberg        
Malaya Day    

           

Soldiers:         

Anna Carrell (Soldier 2)         
Arllete Alinea (Soldier 1)       
Cate Wells     
Catherine Hanson      
Hailey Carrell 
Journey Ostlind          
Lanea Christianson    
Sophie Symes

           

Morris Dancers:         

AJ Felix           
Amelia Robinson-Burmester 
Anna Carrell   
Arllete Alinea 
Journey Ostlind          
Lanea Christianson    
Owen Brian    
Sophie Symes

           

Stars:  

Gemma Day   
Lauren Battaglia        
Olivia Lopez    
Zea Day          

           

Vulgarians:     

AJ Felix           
Amelia Robinson-Burmester 
Anna Carrell   
Anna Coleman
Arllete Alinea 
Cate Wells     
Catherine Hanson      
Hailey Carrell 
Lanea Christianson    
Lynsey Goldberg
Owen Brian    
Sophie Symes

           

Hidden Children:        

Ainah Suva (Toby)      
Brooklyn Romero (Greta)      
Gemma Day   
Gianna Santoni (Marta)        
Jane Collins    
Keira Petrik    
Lauren Battaglia        
Malaya Day    
Olivia Lopez    
Zea Day

Guild

Ushers and Docents

The Woodland Opera House Guild is seeking ushers and tour docents.

Become a guild member and support the Woodland Opera House. Membership is a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to enjoy a night out at the theatre. And of course, there is the good feeling of supporting our fabulous historic Woodland Opera House.

 

As a State Historic Park the opera house offers tours. The Woodland Opera House is one of the smallest state parks in the California Park system and a designated historic landmark. Share our remarkable history by becoming a tour docent.

 

Join the Woodland Opera House Guild Thinking about becoming a guild member? These frequently asked questions may help you decide:

 

What is the Woodland Opera House Guild? The Guild is an organization of men and women who want to insure the success of the historic Woodland Opera House by volunteering their services. Anyone over the age of 16 may join. Children 12-15 years old may join if sponsored by and accompanied to events by an adult member.

 

Are there lots of meetings? There is an orientation meeting when you first join, then one meeting a year. The Board of Directors meets once a month. Their meetings are open to any member.

 

How much does it cost? The dues for an active member are $25.00 per year. If you wish to join, but do not feel you can work much, or not at all, you may join as an Associate member. Associate dues are $40.00 per year. We have recently added a family membership for $90 a year. This is ideal for families of 4 or more that reside at the same address.

 

What can I do as a volunteer? You can: usher at all Main Stage and Family productions and concerts, give out programs, provide help and assistance to our patrons, help backstage, sew costumes, paint sets, help with refreshments, serve on the Board, decorate for the holidays, learn to give tours, help with fundraisers, and many other tasks. There is always need for additional help and something for everyone. Let us know how you would like to contribute.

 

How often do I have to work? Active members are requested to help out at least 6 times a year. Most members enjoy serving much more than that. Associate members are not required to work, but their services are always welcome. They may sign up to volunteer for any event, performance or concert as they wish.

 

What’s in it for me? The satisfaction of knowing you are helping keep the Historic Woodland Opera House Theatre vital is your greatest reward. More tangible rewards are seeing the performances and concerts free when you work at them, invitations to social events, and meeting wonderful dedicated people like yourself. Each member keeps a record of their hours served in a binder. Members having 50 or more hours a year are honored at the annual Chesley Awards (W.O.H.’s Academy Award). Membership is a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to enjoy a night out at the theatre and spend some quality time together supporting our fabulous Historic Woodland Opera House.

Wish List

The Woodland Opera House depends on the generosity of those who help!

Here is our running wish list:

      • Wardrobe Boxes
      • Portable Air Compressor
      • 88 weighted key board
      • Wardrobe Racks
      • Shelving
      • Dance Accessories (mats, ribbons, hoops, etc.)
      • Heavy duty belt sander
      • Large Rugs and Runners
      • Battery Operated screw guns

We also participate in the Amazon Smile program, where many of our wish list items can be purchased and shipped directly to us.

It’s convenient and always appreciated!