Director Kaye Lewis has announced the cast of Pittsburg Community Theatre's "Newsies!" and asks that each person on the list confirm acceptance of their roles by emailing her at email@example.com.
"Thank you to everyone who came and auditioned ! I wish I could have cast all 60 of you, as you were all awesome .
If you were not cast, please let us know if you'd be interested in other helpful areas such as tech, costumes , sets. It's going to be a fun show and exciting summer," Lewis said.
The cast and crew:
Jack Kelly - Dale ClarkKatherine Plummer - Tammy Warford
Davey Jacobs - Tanner Munson
Crutchie - Matthew Buck
Race - Alex Chesney
Les Jacobs - Xander Goertzen
Spot Conlon - Andy Garman
Finch - Matthew Palmer
Romeo - Miles Stamper
JoJo - Corbin Chaffinpin
Buttons - Luke Gilmore
Mush - Seth Harley
Specs - Colton Stacy
Splasher - Morgan Grotheer
Albert - Xavier Huffman
Smalls /Brooklyn – TJ Dye
Elmer / Brooklyn - Jack Brown
Sniper/Bill / Brooklyn/Scab 23 - Gunner Mengarelli
Mike /Brooklyn/Scab 1 - Megan Spiers
Tommy Boy /Scab 32– Gabe Anderson
Ike /Brooklyn - Alora Spencer
Henry/Brooklyn - Alexis Daniels
Joseph Pulitzer - Karl Wendt
Hannah - Lyndsey Viets
Bunsen - John Womeldorff
Seitz/ Mr Jacobi - Jon Eastman
Snyder - Mason Bayliss
Nunzio / Mayor - Brad Stefanoni
Wiesel - John Goertzen
Medda Larkin - Stacey Struble
Oscar Delancey - Noah Smith
Morris Delancey - Braden Bare
Darcy/ Stage Manager/ customer - Alan G Jones
Theodore Roosevelt - John Seglie
Goon/Policeman- Phoenix Burk
Goon/Policeman - Xander Dye
Nun, #3/Passerby - Susie Lundy
Nun - Mara Nowlin
Nun - Emily George
Nun - Whitley Chesney
Nun - Natalie Harris
Bowery girl - Jenna Stockstill
Bowery girl -Mallory Womeldorff
Bowery girl -Annabella Beachner
Bowery girl - Ella Rhuems
Bowery girl - Alex Muckala
Bowery girl - Annae Marie Martin
Director and Choreographer: Kaye Lewis
Vocal Director: Breana Clark
Assistant Director, Diann Mazurek
Assistant Vocal Director: Fayelyn Kmiec
Lisa Quinteros, Kathy Sanley, Annabella Beachner, Barbara Davis, Corin Cooper, Noah Smith, Kiersten Sanzari, Alli Swatsenbarg, Jon Eastman, Diann Mazurek, Natalie Harris, Whiteley Chesney, Mimi Little
Set Design - Jason Huffman
Sound Design - Jason Huffman
Lighting Design - Kyle Newby
Video Projection Operator - Kennedy Tomasi
Stage Crew - Jazmin Havens, Logan Jones, Alexa Fletcher, Ashleigh Henderson, Alyssa Gibbs, James Ghost
Spotlight Operators:Mason Smith, Jennifer Goertzen
Stage Manager / Vocal Backup: Ethan McConnell
Set Construction/Painting Crew: MACC Staff, Newsies, PCT Board
Properties: Mimi Little
Publicity: Andra Stefanoni
Rehearsals will kick off with a read-through on May 30 in B1 of Memorial Auditorium.
Tickets are on sale now at Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine in Pittsburg, or at www.memorialauditorium.org, or by calling 620-231-7827. Ticket costs: Adults $12, Seniors/Children 13 & Under $10, GA Balcony $8.
Show times and dates: July 18-20 at 7:30 p.m., and July 20-21 at 2 p.m.
Auditions for PCT's summer musical, Disney's"Newsies," will be held at 7 p.m. on May 20-21 at Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine in Pittsburg.
The production will be directed by Kaye Lewis, founder and artistic director of Midwest Regional Ballet. Lewis is a frequent collaborator of PCT, having done choreography for summer musicals such as "Gypsy" (2016), "Evita" (2015), and "Wizard of Oz" (2013).
Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899 and nominated for eight Tony Awards, "Newsies" tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action. With help from the beautiful female reporter Katherine Plumber, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of “the little man.”
The score features songs by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), and the story is appropriate for the entire family. The show premiered on Broadway in 2010 and ran for more than 1,000 performances before going on a national tour.
Tickets to PCT's production will go on sale at May 20.
The cast features 16 newsboys who must be able to sing and dance. Those auditioning should dress comfortably and bring tap shoes. They should be prepared to learn excerpts of choreography to "King of New York" and vocal excerpts from "Seize the Day." Those auditioning for the role of Katherine should be prepared to learn a vocal excerpt from "Watch What Happens."
For complete casting requirements (including all character descriptions, suggested ages and genders, vocal ranges, etc.), visit https://www.mtishows.com/full-cast-info/1893
Rehearsals will be held Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday during the day starting the first week of June. Dress rehearsals will begin July 15, with the show opening July 18 and running through July 21. Sunday rehearsals will be held at Kaye's dance studio in Joplin. Those auditioning will be given a detailed rehearsal schedule.
Questions? Message us on Facebook at @PittCommTheatre.
Pittsburg Community Theatre’s first show of the season, “M*A*S*H,” opens next week at Memorial Auditorium, bringing to life iconic characters who first made their appearance in a book by Richard Hooker, then a 1970 film directed by Robert Altman, and finally, a popular long-running TV series.
Director Jason Huffman said “M*A*S*H” is a comedy-drama that will be performed by a diverse cast, including several veterans of PCT productions as well as a few newcomers.
Among them: Col. Henry Blake is played by Mark Johnson, a real-life professor who has 14 PCT acting credits to his name; Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan is played by Allison Townsend, who grew up on the PCT stage and works for BMO Harris Bank; and retiree James Graham, who is taking on the role of Captain Frank Burns, the irksome chump of the hospital, in his first performance with PCT.
Hannah Gatson is somewhat new to PCT — last summer’s “Sister Act” was her first show, and it hooked her — but her role isn’t too much of a stretch: she plays Lt. Nancy Phillips, a nurse, and in real life is a nursing student at Ft. Scott Community College.
Audiences will likely recognize the voice of Stephanie Powers, who plays Private Boone — a hospital orderly who “is about as sharp as a marble,” Powers said. But they might not recognize her face: Powers’ real job is as the voice of Weekday Mornings on 96.9FM.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. March 29-30 and 2 p.m. March 30-31.
Tickets on the main floor are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and children, and are $8 general admission for the balcony.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.memorialauditorium.org or at 620-231-7827, or by stopping by the box office, 503 N. Pine, during business hours.
Tickets go on sale today, June 18, for our summer musical, "Sister Act," to be performed July 19-22 at Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine, under the direction of Jason Huffman.
Sister Act is a feel-good musical comedy filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing, and a moving story. Based on the hit 1992 film, it features original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors) and was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior.
Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. July 19-21 and 2 p.m. July 21-22.
Tickets may be purchased four ways: they may be printed online at www.memorialauditorium.org starting today, June 18, by calling the Memorial Auditorium box office at 620-231-7827 or stopping by the box office during business hours Monday through Friday, or at the door prior one hour prior each show.
Cost: $12 reserved seating, main floor, adults; $10 reserved seating, main floor, students and seniors; $8 general admission and balcony.
We'll see you at the show!
Ticket sales are now underway for "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," at www.memorialauditorium.org and by calling 620-231-7827. If the cast lineup is any indication, we predict they'll go quickly!
Performing last week as Scuttle in "The Little Mermaid" and last fall as Mr. Cladwell in the state-recognized "Urinetown," Aidan Harries invites you to grab your favorite blanket, find a good thumb to suck on, and sit back and enjoy the show!
You'll recognize him as Flounder in last week's 'Little Mermaid,” and as Bobby Strong in last fall’s award-winning "Urinetown.” Now, Matt Buck, who grew up watching the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Christmas specials, is portraying Schroeder — and in real life is learning to play the piano!
As a child, Kyra Ketcham loved reading comics in the newspaper. She became a dancer and for the past three years has been lighting up the stage in Pittsburg High School productions. Now, she invites you to dig out your catcher’s mitt and enjoy the fun of her favorite number in this show: Baseball Game!
Joplin native Michaela West is studying theatre at Pittsburg State University. Most recently seen as one of the Heathers in “Heathers: The Musical,” at Joplin Little Theatre, she’s also performed in productions of "Rent," "Cinderella," and "Gypsy." She’s now ready to share the magic of Charles Schulz with you!
A recent graduate of Pittsburg State University, where she was active in her sorority, she’s now pursuing her Master’s in International Business. But Emily Commons is excited to take time to be back on stage, having appeared in high school productions like "Wedding Singer," "Sweeney Todd," and "Legally Blonde." A secret: she’s engaged to Snoopy!
You’ve seen him in PHS and Pitt State Theatre shows including “Legally Blonde, “Sweeney Todd,” and “You Can’t Take it With You,” and now you can see him as the world’s most beloved dog, Snoopy! Kevin is a recent graduate of Pittsburg State University, where he was active in his fraternity, and now is working towards his Masters in Polymer Chemistry. Don’t miss him in this role;
You’ve seen her as Ariel in last week’s "The Little Mermaid," as Gertrude McFuzz in the award-winning "Seussical" and as Penelope Pennywise in the internationally-recognized "Urinetown.” She’s also performed in Kansas City, South Carolina, and New York City, and is set for a show in Wichita this summer! Now see this super crab take on the role of Lucy Van Pelt!
Growing up, Jazmin’s mom would often tell her that her room looked like a pig sty! Now, Jazmin gets to show her mom what a pig sty really looks like by having the opportunity to play the role of Pig-Pen in this fun and family-friendly musical!
Any fan of the Peanuts Gang knows that Frieda has naturally curly hair, of which she is quite proud. She was the only girl on Charlie Brown's baseball team to not wear a cap because it would cover it up. You can see this charming character brought to life by Jocelyn, who is from the Kansas City area and has most recently been seen in “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “Junie B. Jones.”
Franklin was the first African-American character introduced in the Peanuts comic strip in 1968, and his introduction came at a tumultuous time in our history. Neo says performing as Franklin has been a humbling experience. He also can relate to Franklin because, like Franklin, Neo isn’t originally from this town — he moved here. For Neo, making new friends and learning more about the cast is his favorite part of the theater experience!
Charles Schulz one said “Woodstock knows that he is very small and inconsequential indeed. It’s a problem we all have. The universe boggles us…Woodstock is a lighthearted expression of that idea." This is the second time Alexis Daniels has played such a role; you’ll remember her as charming and curious young JoJo in last year’s award-winning “Seussical.”
You've seen her in last week's "Little Mermaid" as the sea witch, Ursula, and in the award-winning "Suessical" as Mrs. Mayor. Now see her bring to life Charlotte, whose first appearance in the Peanuts comic strips was on November 30, 1954. Charlotte was introduced as a female counterpart to Charlie Brown (a role later taken up by Sally), with a very dominating personality, complete with an obnoxious, loud-mouthed voice. Cassie, of course, is anything but!
You may have seen her in the "The Little Mermaid" as Allana, "Urinetown" as Soupy Sue, and "Seussical" as Young Kangaroo. Now see Hannah play Marcie, who is known for her unassuming sweetness and intellect — an insightful but introverted bookworm who refers to her best friend, Peppermint Patty, as “Sir.” As a real-life bookworm, Hannah relates. Marcie was one of her favorite Peanuts characters growing up!
And last but not least: taking a turn from his more serious performance as Jamie in “The Last Five Years,” Mason has become the one and only blockhead, Charlie Brown! Mason believes the beauty of Charlie Brown is that everyone can relate to him. “He faces negatives on a daily basis, but he’s the true illustration of hope and happiness,” Mason says. He welcomes you to view this production featuring all of the beloved Peanuts characters, and hopes you leave with a bit more happiness in your life!
Congrats to the cast of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!
Rehearsals begin Jan. 21 and the show opens March 9, with special daytime performances for schools on March 8!
Emotionally powerful. Intimate. Two New Yorkers in their 20s who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. Cathy, tells her story backwards; Jamie tells his chronologically. They meet once: at their wedding in the middle of the show. And did we mention the music? Breathtaking. Opening Thursday at Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center. Tickets: www.memorialauditorium.org or 620-231-7827.