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St. Norbert College Music Theatre Announces Auditions for Next Stage Production of "Newsies"

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From St. Norbert College , April 8, 2019
by Hailey Barron ,, (920)-403-3089

St. Norbert College Music Theatre announces auditions for its Next Stage production of “Newsies,” running Aug. 8-11 in the Walter Theatre of Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts. Auditions are open to all current high school students interested in all aspects of musical theatre. Pit orchestra auditions will be held on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, from 1-5 p.m. in the Webb Theatre of Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts, 315 Third St., De Pere. Cast and crew auditions will be held on Monday, May 20, and Tuesday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall, 400 Grant St., De Pere. Registration is free but is required to audition. To register, visit

Those auditioning are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before their audition time. Those auditioning for the pit orchestra should anticipate sight reading and should
prepare an appropriate piece, which can be found by visiting Those auditioning for a crew position should plan to discuss their areas of interest in technical theatre. Those auditioning for a role in the cast should prepare 32 measures of a musical theatre song, preferably memorized. Cast auditions will also involve dancing; auditioners should arrive in comfortable clothing and have jazz shoes or sneakers with smooth soles.
Callbacks will take place on Wednesday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall. Individuals will be notified of callbacks via email.
Next Stage’s production of “Newsies” is being presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Teresa Schmidt, former Notre Dame Academy
choral director, will direct; Andrea Hearden, a faculty member at Notre Dame Academy, will choreograph and co-direct; and Phillip Kickman, assistant professor of music at St. Norbert College, will serve as music director.
Next Stage brings together performers, musicians and crew members from high schools throughout the northeast Wisconsin region in a collaborative
learning environment. Participants will experience hard work, commitment to the allied music-theatre disciplines and sustained excellence over the full course of a production. Since its beginning in 2015, more than 75 students from 18 high schools have participated in Next Stage productions.

For more information, contact Schmidt at

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