Summer Challenge

Newsies Poster

Summer Challenge is an enrichment art course offered through the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board summer school program that has been running since 2003. This program provides youth entering grade 6 through grade 12 the opportunity to develop acting, singing, dancing, and production skills while earning credits towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Students participating in the on-stage component of the course can earn up to 2 credits. The 2-credit on-stage course requires fulfilling 180 course hours and students are required to complete assignments relevant to the production.

How to Sign Up

Students must attend Information Night during which they will learn an audition dance and vocal piece. That night, they will have the opportunity to sign up for their audition time for a lead role, support role, dancer or member of the vocal ensemble. Some students will be called again for a call-back. Once roles have been determined, students will be contacted. We try to take as many students as we can, however this depends on the number of students who audition and roles required in the production. Numbers are limited. Please refer to the main page for this year's Information Night and audition dates.

Staff for 2018 (Chicago):

Teacher/Producer: Mr. Joshua Pride

Technical Director: Jeff Graham

Choreographer: Jayde Vaillancourt

Upcoming Production

Newsies Broadway Musical

Summer Challenge 2019 presents the Tony Award-winning Disney smash hit “Newsies!” Inspired by the real life Newspaper Boys Strike of 1899 in New York City, “Newsies” follows the story of Jack Kelly and his fellow newsies. When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right! Newsies features music by Academy Award and Tony Award-winning composer Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Sister Act) and is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message.

Important Dates and Times

  • Information Night May 1, 2018 at 7pm, Bishop Carter Auditorium, St. Joseph-Scollard Hall.
  • Auditions May 3, 3:30-5pm and May 4, 9-11am, Bishop Carter Auditorium, St. Joseph-Scollard Hall
  • Callbacks May 4, 12-2pm, Bishop Carter Auditorium, St. Joseph-Scollard Hall
  • First Rehearsal May 7, 6:30-8:30pm, Bishop Carter Auditorium, St. Joseph-Scollard Hall
  • Show Dates: July 18, 19, 20, 7pm, Bishop Carter Auditorium, St. Joseph-Scollard Hall
Prince of Egypt
Grease Play
Beauty and the Beast