2018 Winter Conservatory




for the Winter Conservatory production of Newsies, the musical


Please read on for info on Round Two of Newsies auditions:


What: Dance Call and Cold Readings

When: Wednesday, October 10; 4:30-7:30pm

Where: Dance Progressions Studios

Thanks to those who auditioned on Thursday. If you did NOT audition on Thursday, you should be scheduled to come in for a vocal audition time between 3:30 and 4:30 tomorrow (Wednesday). If you would still like to audition, please call Graham Northrup at 970.300.4299 to arrange an individual audition.

EVERYONE (with the exception of a few prearranged absences) will be auditioning with cold readings and a dance combo (taught by Austin Reynolds, our Choreographer).

We will begin with readings at 4:30. You will have a chance to read through each “side” (excerpt from the script) a few times before auditioning. At 5:30 we will begin the dance portion of the audition. Please bring clothes that you can move freely in, and jazz shoes if you have them.

After the dance portion, we will continue readings as needed. ACT Big River actors will be released at 6:10 to leave for their run through.


There are a few students with conflicts on Wednesday who can only come to a portion of the audition, or not at all. We may schedule a supplemental time on Thursday to see them, as well as any Call Backs that need to be arranged.


Please let me know if you have any questions!

Graham Northrup - Director



About the Show

Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies." When titans of publishing raise prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to fight for what's right! Featuring the classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message.” Roles for male and female actors, singers, and dancers, and includes a supplementary dance class to help you learn the amazing choreography.

Directed by Graham Northrup

Music Direction by Dory Light

Choreography by Austin Reynolds

Click here to download a PDF of Character Breakdowns!

Please read carefully for audition requirements.


When: October 4; Thursday (Individual Vocal Auditions; 10 min); UPDATED: Wednesday, Oct. 10 (Dance Call/readings; approx. 4:00 - 7:00pm)
Where: Red Brick Center for the Arts - Dance Studio
Who: All aspiring actors/singers/dancers in Grades 7 through Age 18

What to Prepare:

  • Headshot/Resume - Please bring a resume of acting or related experience and a headshot (need not be professional; a recent close-up snapshot will suffice).
  • Vocal audition - Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song from a contemporary musical. Song should be memorized. Please provide sheet music in a three-ring binder for our accompanist (preferred), or an instrumental CD/MP3 track. No a capella.

How it works: You will be called in individually at the time you signed up to sing on Thursday, and read and learn a dance segment in groups on Wednesay, Oct 10. 

Callbacks, if necessary will be held Wednesday, October 10 after 7pm and will consist of readings, movement/dance, and possible additional vocal work.

*If you are a dancer only (and want to be part of the dance ensemble), we would still like to hear you sing. Please let us know if you need help preparing something for the vocal audition.

Audition sign-up process

The Conservatory Production is advanced level training and participation is by audition only. This particular production has a limited cast size; not all who audition may be accepted.

Please have all audition materials prepared before beginning the checkout process.

  1. Click the Register Online button below 
  2. Add this item to your cart and begin check out. Complete all forms with your current information.
  3. Submit a headshot (recent close-up photo; .jpg preferred) and theatre resume - PDF (preferred) or Microsoft Word only.
  4. Select an audition time from the available slots.
  5. Complete the checkout process.

Conservatory Tuition is only $695 and payable upon acceptance to the Conservatory production. Scholarships and payment plans available. Theatre Aspen School has never turned anyone away for financial reasons.

Questions? Need help preparing for the audition? Call Graham Northrup at 970.300.4299


Tuition includes a supplemental dance class to get both dancers and non-dancers up to speed on the rigorous choreography in Newsies. Starting early October. Stay tuned for details

Rehearsals begin October 29 and run Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 4:30-7:30, plus occasional Saturdays. They are held at Dance Progressions Studios in the AABC. No rehearsals over Thanksgiving Break.

Tech week: January 7-9, M,T,W 4:30-9:30pm, and the Aspen School District Theatre

*STUDENTS MUST COMMIT TO STAYING THROUGH FRIDAY DECEMBER 21st (last day of school before Winter Break), and return for a Pick-up rehearsal on SATURDAY, JANUARY 5 (Time TBD).



Thursday through Sunday, January 10-12 @ 7pm; January 12 and 13 @ 2pm (5 performances) at the District Theatre. 

Tickets will be available through theatreaspen.org.

If you have any questions, or need help preparing an audition, please contact Graham Northrup at 970-300-4299 or via email at graham@theatreaspen.org.

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