The KidsAlive! production of Newsies is designed for our most experienced students and adult actors. Everyone will be cast on an audition basis. 


Cast Ages:

Newsies and Katherine will be played by students ages 11 - 18 years at the time of auditions as part of a musical theatre production class. Other roles in the show will be played by members of the community 19 years old and older. We will be seeking one child under 11 to play the role of Les. See full character breakdown below.


For more information: contact Shawna Linck at (405) 413-8254 or email:


Beginning in August 26th, rehearsing Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursday, students will prepare to perform the full version of Newsies in the beautifully renovated Douglass Auditorium, complete with live orchestration. Adult performers will not be called to every rehearsal. 


By auditioning, you are agreeing that, if selected, you will participate in the KidsAlive! production of Newsies and will accept any role. We do not expect to cast everyone that auditions. That means, those that are selected need to be excited about participating in the experience. Not expecting a particular role. Rehearsals begin shortly after the cast list goes out. We will not have the time to recast. Your commitment is critical to the success of this production. 


For those that do not meet the requirements for Newsies, we invite you to participate in our fall production of Frozen, Jr. Details can be found HERE



Students should register to attend ONE of the two initial audition blocks available to both adult and student performers.


These auditions will consist of vocal auditions and a dance call for movers and/or dancers.


When: (Select one)

Thursday, August 8:

3pm - 5pm - auditions with Dance Call

Friday, August 9:

6pm - 8pm - auditions with Dance Call


Saturday, August 10:

7:00 to 10pm - Callbacks



The KidsAlive! Studio, Room 140 at the Page Woodson Building, 600 N. High

Please schedule a time through our Sign-Up Genius

You must ALSO complete this registration form prior to auditions.


Cast Ages:

Newsies and Katherine will be played by students ages 11 - 18 years at the time of auditions as part of a musical theatre production class. Other roles in the show will be played by members of the community 19 years old and older. We will be seeking one child under 11 to play the role of Les.


For more information: contact Shawna Linck at (405) 413-8254 or email:


What to Prepare:

Auditioners will be scheduled in groups of five.

Please prepare 2 contrasting 16 bar cuts from a similar musical theater genre. (Do NOT sing a song from the show your initial audition.)

An accompanist will be provided. Students should bring sheet music in a binder, with their 16 bar cuts clearly marked. No CDs or digital accompaniment. 


Vocal auditions will be scheduled in 10 minute time blocks. Auditioners should be prepared to stay after their vocal audition for a "Mover" and/or "Dancer" dance call.


What to Wear & Bring:

Performers should dress appropriately for a formal audition.

Be sure to bring dance attire and appropriate footwear for the dance call, which will be in the same audition block as your audition.

Please bring a Headshot and Résumé. If you do not have a formal headshot and resume, please bring a current photo of your smiling face and a list of your performance experience.



Students and adults may be asked to attend callbacks on August 10th  from 7pm - 10pm


The KidsAlive! Studio, Room 140 at the Page Woodson Building, 600 N. High


Performers attending callbacks will be asked to prepare additional music from the show as well as readings from the script.


Cast List:

The cast list will be emailed to all auditioners on Monday, August 12


Plan to arrive prior to the initial audition in time to fill out paperwork and ask any questions that you might have.



Only limited conflicts will be accepted as we have a very short rehearsal period. There will be no conflicts accepted during the final two weeks of rehearsal. All conflicts must be approved in advance by the director.  Our rehearsal schedule is prepared around your child's availability, so no conflicts will be accepted once casting is complete. Multiple or undisclosed conflicts may affect your child's ability to participate in the production. Please check with us prior to auditions if you have ANY questions about your child's availability. 


To get and print the Calendar, click HERE.




The TOTAL COST of the Newsies production class is $475.

Adults in the production do not pay tuition.

$25 of this is a once-per semester registration fee which helps us cover the cost of services which allow families to pay online, receive reminders, etc. (The registration fee for a family with more than one child is $35 per family.)  This fee will not be duplicated if your student also desires to participate in other fall programming.

Tuition for the class is $450.


Casting for the Newsies production class will be specific. Only students who agree to participate in the production, regardless of casting, will be considered at auditions. 


The entire $450 tuition is due by the first rehearsal - August 26. 

Please contact if you need to discuss an alternate payment plan.



August 26 - November 7

Mon, Tues, Thursday  - 6pm - 9pm

We will rehearse the evening of Labor Day

NO REHEARSAL the week of Oct 14th for Fall Break

Not every person is called to every rehearsal

Tech Rehearsals:

November 4 - 7 , 6pm - ???



November 8 - 7pm

November 9 - 2pm

November 9 - 7pm

November 10 - 2pm


Kaleidoscope Program:

The fall production of Newsies is not part of our Kaleidoscope program. Performers with Special Needs (Gems), up to age 21, will be considered for integration in our fall production of Frozen, Jr. Details about that production can be found HERE.



We believe that a clear understanding of our policies is beneficial to both our program and it's participants. We ask that you carefully read and take note of these policies prior to participating in KidsAlive! programming. You will be asked to acknowledge receipt of and acceptance of these policies prior to auditions. You will find a copy of our new KidsAlive! policy statement HERE.

Character Breakdown

The Kids

All of these roles require dancing and solo singing except for Darcy and Bill (unless doubled as newsies). While, historically, as many as one in six newsies were between the ages of 5 and 10 years old, this musical generally presents them as teenagers and young adults.     

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.

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 resourceful, she boldly 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.        

CRUTCHIE is 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.

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. He should present as younger than the other newsies.    

SPOT CONLON, the proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an intimidating reputation and a short singing solo in “Brooklyn’s Here.”                
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 who go on strike for a livable wage.    

SCABS are three newsies who are hesitant to join the strike. DARCY, who can double as a newsie, is the upper-class kid of a publisher who sides with the newsies.

BILL, who can double as a newsie, is the son of William Randolph Hearst who joins the newsies’ cause.

PHOTOGRAPHER takes the triumphant photo of the news- ies at the end of “Seize the Day.”

Pulitzer and his Staff

All of the below are non-dancing roles, and with the exception of Nunzio and the Guard, all sing in “The Bottom Line.”  

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 idea to raise the newsies’ price per paper.

HANNAH is Pulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary. 

NUNZIO is Pulitzer’s barber.

The GUARD removes the newsies from Pulitzer’s building. 

Newspaper Distributors & Heavies

Unless otherwise doubled with the newsies ensemble, these are all non-singing, non-dancing roles.    

WIESEL, 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, toughs 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 at the end of Act One.

Medda and Theater Employees

With the exception of the stage manager, these are singing and dancing roles.

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.

BOWERY BEAUTIES are female performers at Medda’s Theater.

STAGE MANAGER introduces Medda’s act.

Other Roles

While the nuns sing, the others are all non-singing, non- dancing roles.

NUNS (3) offer breakfast to the hungry newsies. Feel free to cast additional nuns.    

WOMAN is 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.

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.

POLICEMEN 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. 


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