Description:

Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "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!

Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score with the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe.” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.

Director: Aubrey Muffett
Musical Director: Thais Doyle
Choreographer: Caitlyn Coppernoll
Stage Manager: Tina MacNeill


NEWSIES is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtihows.com

Dates / Times:

Tickets go on sale Saturday August 28, 2021 at 8:00am

Ticket Prices:

*ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES.* *Discounts/coupons must be used at time of purchase and cannot be added to already purchased tickets. *Ticket holders can sell tickets, but for no more than originally paid. Ticket holders can trade tickets with other ticket holders. If tickets are sold or traded, please transfer the PDF or paper copy of the ticket. If any dispute arises over seats at a show, or somehow duplicate tickets are presented for the same seat, CYT will consider only the original purchaser of the tickets in the CYT database to be the owner of the seats.

Valley Springs Church - Stage:

2401 Olympus Drive, Roseville, CA 95661


Show Notes:

  • CYT students ages 8-18 who are currently enrolled in a class may audition for this show. 
  • An online audition form will be emailed to all students enrolled in a CYT class that selected to participate in auditions. The form will require a bio photo upload, music track upload, and costume measurements in addition to other information. 
  • All auditioning must attend a Vocal Audition and Dance Audition (these are held on 2 separate days). 
  • Some who audition may also be requested to attend a Callback (on the same day as the Dance Audition). 

VOCAL AUDITIONSHeld on Friday, Aug. 13 starting at 4:00. Location: Oak Hills Church 1100 Blue Ravine Rd, Folsom. Please choose a track with no accompanying vocals (such as a karaoke track). Audition music should be no more than 1 minute. Auditions should be to music (not acapella). The director needs to see how well the student can stay with the music, both in tune and in rhythm. You will be able to upload your music to the audition form. It's best if you have a YouTube link or an actual song file rather than getting a song through iTunes, Spotify or Amazon. We cannot open files through these services.

DANCE AUDITIONSHeld on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 9:00am. Location: Oak Hills Church 1100 Blue Ravine Rd, Folsom. All students who audition must attend the dance audition. Students will be taught a dance(s) from the show, and then be asked to perform it for the directors. Parents are welcome to stay and watch the dance audition. Approximate end time is 11:00 am.

CALLBACKS: Held on Saturday, Aug. 14 immediately following the Dance Audition at the same location. CYT callbacks are closed to everyone except the show directors. The directors will call back certain students to sing again, read a scene, dance some more or any combination of these. They will often ask pairs or groups of students to read scenes to see how different combinations of sizes and personalities work together. 
Just because a student is not "called back" does not mean that they will not be cast in the show.

NOTES
  • Students who audition are NOT eligible for a class tuition refund regardless of casting. 
  • All students cast in the show will be charged a production fee of $175.
  • Families are required to volunteer 20+ hours on a parent team. 

For additional show information, check out the Audition Tips and Show FAQ sections on the Auditions Page.

Rehearsal Dates: Saturdays 9am-3pm, Valley Springs Church, 2401 Olympus Drive, Roseville 
8/28, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23 (Labor Day Break 9/4 - No Rehearsal)

Mandatory Rehearsal Dates: 
Super Saturday 9am-3pm - 10/30
Tech Week 4pm-9pm - Sun. 10/31, Mon. 11/1, Tues. 11/2, Thurs. 11/4 (Tech Rehearsal Rest on Wed. 11/3 - No Rehearsal) 

Mandatory Show Dates: 
11/5 @ 10am & 7pm
11/6 @ 2pm
11/12 @ 10am & 7pm
11/13 @ 2pm & 7pm - Strike 9pm-Midnight


Live Cast Announcement Sunday, Aug. 15 at 4:30pm online. Meeting link will be emailed to auditioning families.  

Questions? Contact the Show Coordinator, Rhianna Rowe, at rhianna@cytsacramento.org.


Characters:

Jack Kelly

The charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies, is an oprhaned 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.

Crutchie

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.

Davey

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

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.

Newsies

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.

Scabs

Three newsies who are hesitant to join the strike.

Spot Conlon

The proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an intimidating reputation.

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.

Darcy

The upper-class kid of a publisher who sides with the newsies.

Bill

The son of William Randolph Hearst who joins the newsies' cause.

Wiesel

"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 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.

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.

Goons

Assist the Delanceys in roughing up the newsies.

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.

Seitz

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

Bunsen

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

Hannah

Pulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary.

Nunzio

Pulitzer’s barber.

Guard

The Guard removes the newsies from Pulitzer’s building.

Snyder

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.

The Bowery Beauties

Female performers at Medda’s Theater.

Stage Manager

Introduces Medda's act.

Nuns

The three nuns offer breakfast to the hungry newsies. Feel free to cast additional nuns.

Photographer

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

Woman

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.

Policeman

Assist Snyder and turn against the newsies in the fight.

Mayor

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.