For kids who love theater

What to Prepare

We would like you to come prepared with 16-bars or 30 seconds of any musical number. This can be any song of your choice that best represents the role you're auditioning for. There will be no accompanist. You may sing a capella or a musical track from your phone.

Dance auditions will occur at callbacks.

Below you will find sides from Newsies. 
Choose one to read at your audition. 

If you have a scheduling conflict with the audition times, ​please contact us as soon as possible at

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Audition Information

General Auditions
Thursday, April 27 ~ 7:00PM-9:30PM
Saturday, April 29 ~ 10:00AM-2:00PM

Sunday, April 30 ~ 6:00PM


Trinity Church Children's Center Room A

1231 E. Pleasant Run Rd

Cedar Hill, TX 75104

Character Descriptions

***Please note that there is only one role for actors under the age of 15***

Jack Kelly
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.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

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.
Gender: Both
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: C3

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.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: D3

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.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: Bb3
Vocal range bottom: Db3

Katherine Plumber
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.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3

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. 
Gender: Male

Three newsies who are hesitant to join the strike.
Gender: Both

Spot Conlon
The proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an intimidating reputation and a short singing solo in “Brooklyn’s Here.”
Gender: Both

The upper-class kid of a publisher who sides with the newsies. Can double as a newsie. 

The son of William Randolph Hearst who joins the newsies' cause. Can double as a newsie. 
Gender: Male

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.
Gender: Male

Oscar and Morris Delancey
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.
Gender: Male

Assist the Delanceys in roughing up the newsies at the end of Act One.
Gender: Male
Age: 15 to 20

Joseph Pulitzer
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.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Editor, advises Pulitzer, but ultimately admires the kids’ newspaper.

Pulitzer’s bookkeeper, comes up with the ideas to raise the newsies’ price per paper.

Pulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary.

Pulitzer’s barber.

The Guard removes the newsies from Pulitzer’s building.

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.

Medda Larkin
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.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: F3

The Bowery Beauties
Female performers at Medda’s Theater.
Gender: Female

Stage Manager
Introduces Medda's act. 

The nuns offer breakfast to the hungry newsies. 

Takes the triumphant photo of the newsies at the end of “Seize the Day.”

A newspaper customer. 

Mr. Jacobi
Allows the newsies to congregate in his restaurant to plan their strike – when he doesn’t have any paying customers, that is.

Assist Snyder and turn against the newsies in the fight that concludes Act One.

The Mayor of New York City rebuffs Pulitzer’s attempts to shut down the newsies’ strike.

Governor Teddy Roosevelt
​A well-respected lifelong public servant, inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer.


FEMALE ENSEMBLE 1 - Nun / Hannah / Bowery Beauty / Katherine understudy
FEMALE ENSEMBLE 2 - Nun / Woman / Bowery Beauty / Medda understudy
FEMALE ENSEMBLE 3 - Nun / Medda Larkin
MALE ENSEMBLE 1 - Wiesel / Stage Manager / Mr. Jacobi / Mayor / Pulitzer understudy
MALE ENSEMBLE 2 - Seitz / Roosevelt understudy
MALE ENSEMBLE 3 - Bunsen / Male Ensemble 1 understudy
MALE ENSEMBLE 4 - Nunzio / Guard / Policeman / Roosevelt
MALE ENSEMBLE 5 - Snyder / Pulitzer understudy

Newsies Acting Sides (click below to download)

Jack and Katherine

Pulitzer and Jack

Jack, Medda, Davey, & Les

Jack, Davey, and Les

Jack and Crutchie

Jack and Davey

Production Staff

Directed by:
Kathryn Phelps

Artistic Director:
Tawnya Lee

Vocal Direction:

Kelsey Korman



Rod Rooker