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Newsies Audition in Arkansas   - Project ID # 1635376
Project Type   Live Event Submission Type   Open Call
Location   Bald Knob, AR Union   Non-union
Rate/Pay   n/a Release Date   05-09-22
Audition Date   05-14-22 Submission Deadline   05-13-22
Shoot Date      
Casting Category   Theatre - Non-Equity
Market(s)   Little Rock, AR>Memphis, TN

New York City, 1899. Jack Kelly and his ragtag team of newsboys make a meager living selling newspapers on the city streets. But when the prices of "papes" are hiked and the newsies are hung out to dry, there is nothing left to do but "open the gates and seize the day!" Led by charismatic Jack and independent, young newspaper reporter Katherine Plummer, the Newsies form a union and organize a strike against the greedy publisher of the New York World. Can a group of idealistic newsboys win against a foe as powerful as acclaimed publisher Joseph Pulitzer? Inspired by the true story of the 1899 Newsboys Strike, Newsies is an ebullient, joyful, and entertaining musical capturing the strength that young people have when they join together and stand up against injustice. With a funny, poignant book by Harvey Feirstein and stunning music by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman -- including the show-stopping Seize the Day, power ballad "Santa Fe" and lovely new songs like Katherine's "Watch What Happens -- Newsies is a classic with the power to inspire.


If interested in a solo part, come prepared to sing a short selection from any song of your choosing. No accompaniment allowed. This audition is for any student who will be in the 4th -12th grade fall 2022 and this year's seniors. Pre-registration is required. Students can register at the audition or the following day (Sunday) from 3-5.

Role # 1 - Jack Kelly Submit yourself for this role
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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.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 - Crutchie Submit yourself for this role
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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. 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.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 - Davey Submit yourself for this role
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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.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 - Les Submit yourself for this role
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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.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 5 - Albert Submit yourself for this role
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One of the newsies. Some of the hard-working kids of New York City go on strike for a livable wage.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 6 - Buttons Submit yourself for this role
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One of the newsies. Some of the hard-working kids of New York City go on strike for a livable wage.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 7 - Elmer Submit yourself for this role
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One of the newsies. Some of the hard-working kids of New York City go on strike for a livable wage.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 8 - Finch Submit yourself for this role
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One of the newsies. Some of the hard-working kids of New York City go on strike for a livable wage.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 9 - Male Ensemble 5 Submit yourself for this role
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Ensemble who double as Snyder.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 10 - Henry Submit yourself for this role
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One of the newsies. Some of the hard-working kids of New York City go on strike for a livable wage.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 11 - Ike Submit yourself for this role
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One of the newsies. Some of the hard-working kids of New York City go on strike for a livable wage.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 12 - Jo Jo Submit yourself for this role
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One of the newsies. Some of the hard-working kids of New York City go on strike for a livable wage.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 13 - Mike Submit yourself for this role
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One of the newsies. Some of the hard-working kids of New York City go on strike for a livable wage.

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Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 14 - Mush Submit yourself for this role
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One of the newsies. Some of the hard-working kids of New York City go on strike for a livable wage.

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Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 15 - Race Submit yourself for this role
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One of the newsies. Some of the hard-working kids of New York City go on strike for a livable wage.

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Gender: Female
Age: from 9 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 16 - Romeo Submit yourself for this role
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One of the newsies. Some of the hard-working kids of New York City go on strike for a livable wage.

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Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 17 - Specs Submit yourself for this role
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One of the newsies. Some of the hard-working kids of New York City go on strike for a livable wage.

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Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 18 - Splasher Submit yourself for this role
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One of the newsies. Some of the hard-working kids of New York City go on strike for a livable wage.

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Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 19 - Tommy Boy Submit yourself for this role
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One of the newsies. Some of the hard-working kids of New York City go on strike for a livable wage.

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Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 20 - Scabs Submit yourself for this role
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Three newsies are hesitant to join the strike.

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Role # 21 - Spot Conlon Submit yourself for this role
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The proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies boasts an intimidating reputation and a short singing solo in "Brooklyn's Here.

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Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 22 - Katherine Plumber Submit yourself for this role
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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.

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Gender: Female
Age: from 9 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 23 - Darcy Submit yourself for this role
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The upper-class kid of a publisher who sides with the newsies. Can double as a newsie.

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Gender: Female
Age: from 9 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 24 - Bill Submit yourself for this role
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The son of William Randolph Hearst who joins the newsies' cause. Can double as a newsie.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 25 - Wiesel Submit yourself for this role
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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.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 26 - Oscar Delancey Submit yourself for this role
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Morris' brother. 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.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 27 - Morris Delancey Submit yourself for this role
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Oscar's brother. 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.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 28 - Goons Submit yourself for this role
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Assist the Delancey's in roughing up the newsies at the end of Act One.

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Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 29 - Joseph Pulitzer Submit yourself for this role
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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.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 30 - Seitz Submit yourself for this role
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Editor, advises Pulitzer, but ultimately admires the kids' newspaper.

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Role # 31 - Bunsen Submit yourself for this role
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Pulitzer's bookkeeper comes up with the idea to raise the newsies' price per paper.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 32 - Hannah Submit yourself for this role
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Pulitzer's practical and insightful secretary.

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Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 33 - Nunzio Submit yourself for this role
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Pulitzer's barber.

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Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 34 - Guard Submit yourself for this role
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The Guard removes the newsies from Pulitzer's building.

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Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 35 - Snyder Submit yourself for this role
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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.

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Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 36 - Medda Larkin Submit yourself for this role
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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.

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Gender: Female
Age: from 9 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 37 - The Bowery Beauties Submit yourself for this role
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Female performers at Medda's Theater.

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Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 38 - Stage Manager Submit yourself for this role
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Introduces Medda's act.

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Role # 39 - Nuns Submit yourself for this role
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The three nuns offer breakfast to the hungry newsies. Feel free to cast additional nuns.

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Gender: Female
Age: from 9 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 40 - Photographer Submit yourself for this role
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Takes the triumphant photo of the newsies at the end of "Seize the Day."

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Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 41 - Woman Submit yourself for this role
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A newspaper customer.

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Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 42 - Mr. Jacobi Submit yourself for this role
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Allows the newsies to congregate in his restaurant to plan their strike – when he doesn't have any paying customers, that is.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 43 - Policemen Submit yourself for this role
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Assist Snyder and turn against the newsies in the fight that concludes Act One.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 44 - Mayor Submit yourself for this role
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The Mayor of New York City rebuffs Pulitzer's attempts to shut down the newsies' strike.

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Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 45 - Gov.Teddy Roosevelt Submit yourself for this role
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A well-respected lifelong public servant inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 46 - Female Ensemble 1 Submit yourself for this role
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Ensemble who double as Nun/Hannah/Bowery Beauty.

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Gender: Female
Age: from 9 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 47 - Female Ensemble 2 Submit yourself for this role
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Ensemble who double as Nun/Hannah/Bowery Beauty.

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Gender: Female
Age: from 9 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 48 - Female Ensemble 3 Submit yourself for this role
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Ensemble who double as Nun/Hannah/Bowery Beauty.

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Gender: Female
Age: from 9 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 49 - Male Ensemble 1 Submit yourself for this role
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Ensemble who double as Wiesel / Stage Manager / Mr. Jacobi / Mayor.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 50 - Male Ensemble 2 Submit yourself for this role
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Ensemble who double as Wiesel / Stage Manager / Mr. Jacobi / Mayor.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 51 - Male Ensemble 3 Submit yourself for this role
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Ensemble who double as Bunsen.

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Age: from 9 to 18
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Role # 52 - Male Ensemble 4 Submit yourself for this role
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Ensemble who double as Nunzio / Guard / Policeman / Roosevelt.

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Gender: Male
Age: from 9 to 18
Ethnicity: Any -