It's time to carry the banner on your stage with Disney's Newsies! 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!

Director: Kim Messina
Musical Director: Janie d'Avignon
Choreographer: KC Grulli-Miller

Dates / Times:

  • Friday, Jul 5th @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Jul 6th @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Jul 6th @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, Jul 7th @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Jul 13th @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, Jul 14th @ 4:00pm
Tickets go on sale Monday June 10, 2019 at 9:00am

Ticket Prices:

Joan B. Kroc Theater:

6611 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92115

Show Notes:


Auditions May 6th.  4:30 pm - 9:00pm.

Click Here to fill out your audition form and receive an audition appointment.
Roles open for casting are noted below. Roles not listed have been cast, though casting may shift based on roles filled.

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 thinker, raised in a home as opposed to the other Newsies, Davey is the book-smart counterpoint to the other boys. The voice of reason. A nice Jewish boy. Must have a great contemporary tenor voice. A leader in his own right who is learning to use his voice to uplift others, Davey is the brains of the resistance. In all major dance numbers but not featured as a dancer.
Vocal range top: A4  
Vocal range bottom: D3

Crutchie - A dedicated newsie with a bum leg that’s painful and a huge heart. 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. A real charmer. Though his movement will suggest his bum leg, Crutchie is included in the dance numbers.
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: C3

The Core Group of Newsies: who work the same neighborhoods as Jack, Crutchie, Davey, and Les, these hard-working kids function as a family that cares for and helps one another. Many of them are orphans, have families outside of NY who they send their money to, or have such poor families that they can’t live at home, so they become “roommates” with the other newsies as well as close friends. There are 14 newsies in Jack’s “Gang.” Performers in these roles must create unique and specific characters with physical and vocal details that distinguish them from the other newsies. All roles have multiple lines and solos and/or dance features. Open roles include the following but may shift with auditions.
Race - Crass, smokes, gambles, horrible example for anyone younger than him. Must tap.
Albert - Takes Race’s cigars, makes fun of Wiesel.  Should tap.
Specs - Glasses
Buttons - Goofy, teases Race

Snyder - (non-dancing role) 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. Harsh and forceful.

Hannah -(non-dancing role) Pulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary. Her subtle sarcasm and ability to “tell it like it is,” without offending. Soprano

Bunsen/Seitz -(non-dancing role)Bookkeeper/ Editor, advises Pulitzer, but ultimately admires the kids’ newspaper. comes up with the ideas to raise the newsies’ price per paper. Should appear as an adult compared to the newsies. Proper and upright.

Wiesel - (non-dancing role) 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. Should seem older compared to the newsies. Can be a character role.

Oscar Delancey - (non-dancing role) One of two 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.

Mr. Jacobi - (non-dancing role) Allows the newsies to congregate in his restaurant to plan their strike – when he doesn’t have any paying customers, that is. Sarcastic and condescending but kind heart.

Governor Teddy Roosevelt - (non-dancing role) A well-respected lifelong public servant, inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer. A happy sarcastic tone.

Darcy - (non-dancing role) The upper-class kid of a publisher who sides with the newsies. Can double as a newsie.

Scab - (non-dancing role)  newsie who takes a stand

Bowery Beauties - Singer/dancers who can portray “a girlie girl” type show girl.

Nuns - Older, must be able to hold harmony. Most likely will double with Bowery Beauties.

Featured Newsie Dancers - Looking for dancers who can sing.  Acro, stunts, tricks and turns preferred. All dancers need to be passionate performers who can act and react with feeling and emotion.

Subject to change based on returning cast and new cast. The cast may not be called to all rehearsals.  An updated schedule will be available once the show is cast.

Please list any conflicts in this date range.  Conflicts are not accepted from July 1st on.  
June 4th 5-9
June 7th Rehearsal 5-9 (parent meeting 7-9)
June 8th Rehearsal 10-3
June 9th Rehearsal 1-5
June 10th Rehearsal 5-8
June 11th Rehearsal 5-8 
June 14th Rehearsal 5-9 
June 15th Rehearsal 10-3
June 17th Rehearsal 10-3
June 18th Rehearsal 10-3
June 19th Rehearsal 10-3
June 25th Rehearsal 5-9
June 26  TBA CYT Expo attendees excused 
June 27th TBA CYT Expo attendees excused 
June 28th TBA CYT Expo attendees excused 
June 29th TBA CYT Expo attendees excused 

No conflicts accepted with below dates
July 1st 1-9
July 2nd 4-9
July 3rd 4-9
July 4th OFF
July 5th Rehearsal 12-5 Show opening  7 pm
July 6th, show at 2 and 7
July 7th, show at 2pm
July 13th Show a 7pm 
July 14th Show at 4 pm