Join director, Brent E. Marty, to review audition protocol, how to prepare for the audition and what roles are available. 
Mr. Marty will also go over the tentative rehearsal schedule for the production and what the expectations of cast and parents will be.

Students age 8-14 and parents are encouraged to attend.

Friday, March 24th, 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Saturday, April 8th 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

(Both sessions are identical so young actors only need attend one session.)


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Audition Dates

April 10 & 11 at 4pm

On your audition form, please select your preferred day.

Rehearsal Schedule

May 8 - June 8: 6pm - 8pm
June 12 - June 22: 4pm - 6pm

All subject to change!

Performance Dates

 Friday, June 23 at 7PM
Saturday, June 24 at 2pm & 5pm
Sunday, June 25 at 2pm
Monday, June 26 at 10am & 1pm
Tuesday, June 27 at 10am & 1pm
Wednesday, June 28 at 10am & 1pm


Please note:
You must be fully vaccinated in order to be considered for NEWSIES JR.

No experience necessary to audition for NEWSIES JR. - All Experience Levels Welcome!

Performers ages 8 - 14 years old are welcome to audition.

If cast, there will be a $50 participation fee per cast member.

What To Prepare

Please prepare 16 bars of a musical theatre song that shows off your voice. Bring sheet music in a binder with you for the audition. An accompanist will be provided. PLEASE MAKE SURE THE SHEET MUSIC INCLUDES A PIANO PART.

At the audition, each child will be provided a line from the show to read.


Character Descriptions

Jack Kelly

Vocal range: B3 - F5
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 very loyal, Jack isn't afraid to use his voice to attain better conditions for the working kids of New York City.

Katherine Plumber

Vocal range: A3 - D5
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. 

Crutchie (Casey)

Vocal range: A3 to F5
Jack's best friend and a dedicated newsie with a "bum leg" from polio that causes pain, but helps sell more papes.


Vocal range: B3 - D5
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.


Vocal range: B3 - F4
Davey's cheeky younger sibling, is excited by the newsies' freedom and loves their independent lifestyle.

Medda Larkin

Vocal range: G3 - D5
Inspired by the African-American vaudeville performer, Aida Overton-Walker. A big-voices singer and star of the Bowery. A proud supporter of the newsies, she offers her theater as a safe haven for their revolution.

Joseph Pulitzer

A pompous businessman through and through, owns the World and is concerned solely with the bottom line.


Aka "Weasel". A disgruntled paper-pusher who uses the Delancey brothers as his muscle, runs distribution for the World and has little patience or sympathy for the newsies.


The editor of the World who advises Pulitzer, but ultimately admires the kids' newspaper.


Pulitzer's bookkeeper who helps Pulitzer come up with the idea to raise the newsies' price per paper.


Pulitzer's secretary who is a clever advocate for the newsies.


The crooked warden of The Refuge. A filthy and horrible juvenile reformatory, is concerned only with catching enough kids to keep their government checks coming.

Governor Teddy Roosevelt

A well respected lifelong public servant who inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer.


The Newsies - The hard working kids of New York City who go on strike for a livable wage.

Others include: The Bowery Brigade, Police Officers, and other small speaking parts.

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