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Newsies Audition Details

Jordan Lane

Music Director 
Jordan Lane

Jeanette Lane



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Update: Auditions slots are currently full. If you would still like to audition for Newsies, please sign up for the dance audition and submit a video of your audition on the audition form.

All roles are open to audition. We are seeking a large ensemble cast (ages 10 and up) for this production.

All auditioning must bring sheet music with them and be prepared to sing up to 32 bars but no more than one minute, of a fully memorized Broadway-style musical selection in the style of NEWSIES that showcases their vocal range. Musical selections do not need to be from Disney’s NEWSIES. 
Auditioners should mark their selection with a highlighter. Auditioners should upload their cut backing track to their audition form. Tracks containing vocals are not allowed.


Auditioners should also prepare a fully memorized one-minute monologue in the style of the musical Newsies.

Important Dates:

Auditions: May 17th-18th 5:00PM-10:00PM (By Appointment, use the link above)

Dance Audition: May 17th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Callbacks: May 21st 10:00AM-2:00PM

Rehearsals: Rehearsals will take place during the month of July as follows.

Monday, Tuesday 6:00 PM-10:00 PM

Saturdays 11:00 AM-4:00 PM

Location: Village Seven Presbyterian Church

*Cast will be expected to come fully memorized to the first rehearsal

Tech Week: July 31st-August 7th

Venue: Shockley-Zalabak Theater, ENT Center


Thursday, August 4th, 7 pm

Friday, August 5th, 7 pm

Saturday, August 6th, 2pm & 7pm

Sunday, August 7th, 2PM*

*Strike to follow Sunday performance

All ages are just a suggestion and will be adjusted to fit the needs of our casting.
JACK KELLY (Lead, Male 17-25) - 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. Must have a great pop tenor voice and sense of physicality.
KATHERINE PLUMBER (Lead, Female 17-25) - 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 resourcesful, she boldy 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.
JOSEPH PULITZER (Lead, Male, 35-55) - 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.
CRUTCHIE (Supporting, Male or Female 17-25) - A dedicated newsie with a bum leg that’s painful, but helps sell more papes. Though s/he walks with the assistance of a crutch, Crutchie doesn’t let it define him/her; 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 movement will suggest a bum leg, Crutchie should still be included in the dance numbers.
DAVY (Supporting, Age 16-25) - 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.
LES (Supporting, Male, 10-12) - 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.
SPOT CONLON (Supporting, Male or Female, 17-20) - The proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an intimidating reputation and a short singing solo in “Brooklyn’s Here.”
DARCY (Supporting, Male or Female, 15-20) - The upper-class kid of a publisher who sides with the newsies. Can double as a newsie. 
BILL (Supporting, Male, 15-25) - The son of William Randolph Hearst who joins the newsies' cause. Can double as a newsie. 
WIESEL (Supporting, Male, 35-50) - 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.
OSCAR & MORRIS DELANCEY (Supporting, Male, 15-20) - 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.
SNYDER (Supporting, Male or Female, 45-65) - The crooked and sinister warden of The Refuge, a filthy and horrible orphanage, is concerned only with catching enough kids to keep government checks coming.
MEDDA LARKIN (Supporting, Female, 25-45) - 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.
MR. (or MRS.) JACOBI (Cameo, Male or Female, 35-55) - Allows the newsies to congregate in the restaurant to plan their strike – when s/he doesn’t have any paying customers, that is.
MAYOR (Cameo, Male, 45-60) - The Mayor of New York City rebuffs Pulitzer’s attempts to shut down the newsies’ strike.
GOVERNOR TEDDY ROOSEVELT (Cameo, Male, 50-65) - A well-respected lifelong public servant, inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer.
THE NEWSIES: (Males & Females, 13-25) - Including Albert, Buttons, Elmer, Finch, Henry, Ike, Jo Jo, Mike, Mush, Race, Romeo, Specs, Splasher, and Tommy Boy, are some of the hard-working kids of New York City that go on strike for a livable wage. Strong dancers who can sing well (jazz, ballet, tap, acrobatics/tumbling a plus).
SCABS - (Male & Female, 13-20) Three newsies who are hesitant to join the strike.
ENSEMBLE: (Male & Female) - Male and female singers for the ensemble and chorus specialty parts.
In the original Broadway production, the adult (non-newsie) ensemble comprised eight actors who doubled as indicated below. All other featured roles and understudies were cast from the ensemble of newsies. We may or may not choose to use the following breakdown…
     FEMALE ENSEMBLE 1 - Nun / Hannah / Bowery Beauty 
     FEMALE ENSEMBLE 2 - Nun / Woman / Bowery Beauty 
     FEMALE ENSEMBLE 3 - Nun / Medda Larkin
     MALE ENSEMBLE 1 - Wiesel / Stage Manager / Mr. Jacobi / Mayor 
     MALE ENSEMBLE 2 - Seitz 
     MALE ENSEMBLE 3 - Bunsen 
     MALE ENSEMBLE 4 - Nunzio / Guard / Policeman / Roosevelt
     MALE ENSEMBLE 5 - Snyder

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