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: Bethany Allen
Musical Director: Nova Charle
Choreographer: Brooke McDougal & Kannon Gowen

Dates / Times:

  • Saturday, Aug 8th @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Aug 8th @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, Aug 9th @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Aug 15th @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Aug 15th @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, Aug 16th @ 2:00pm
Tickets go on sale Saturday May 16, 2020 at 12:00pm

Ticket Prices:

Star Theatre:

402 N. Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

Show Notes:

Seize the Day in Disney Newsies!

With all the changes happening in our world today due to the COVID-19 situation, we have made some changes to our auditions and show dates. Here is the latest:

Auditions have been moved to Friday, May 1st. Right now we are hoping to have live auditions beginning at 4:00 p.m., but may move to video auditions depending on the health directives of the CDC and county.

Call backs are scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd beginning at 10:00 a.m. Again, these may go virtual depending on the health directives.

**If we go video/virtual, we will know that several days before the scheduled audition date. 

Tentative Audition/Callback Location: Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding Street, Carlsbad

*You must be registered in a class at any CYT San Diego location in order to request an audition time. CYT has turned all their classes to a virtual online format for the Spring. Anyone enrolled in a class will have access to all the videos and live online classes beginning Monday, March 30th. The sooner you sign up, the sooner you can start learning!

You can either sign up for an audition time when you register for class or follow the steps below after registration is complete.

Once registered, here is how to request an audition time for Newsies.

-Log into your family account.
-There is a place to the right of your child's name that says 'Tools'.  
-Click 'Tools', then click 'Auditions'. 
-You will be given a choice of available time slots.  
-Once you request a time slot, you will be sent an email with a link to complete (the email for this link may take a few days to receive).
-You need to be enrolled in Spring 2020 online classes to audition for a show.  
-You must be between 8 to 18 years old to audition.

Audition info:
-Auditions (vocal & dance) take about an hour. They will most likely be closed (or via video). 
-Please prepare a 45 - 60 second song (karaoke style) for Voice Auditions 
-You will upload your music track via the audition link that will be sent.
-After Vocal Auditions, your group will be taught a short dance and then perform it for the artistic team (as a group). Again, this process may change depending on the health directives.

Rehearsals, Shows: (UPDATED AS OF MARCH 27, 2020)
-Mandatory Parent meetings on Saturday, May 9th (might be via ZOOM) and Saturday, June 27th (subject to change)
-Rehearsals every Friday 5:15-9:15 & Saturday 9:45-3:15 (schedule may be altered since there is a longer timeline)
-Super Saturday 8/1  9:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.
-Tech Rehearsals Mon-Thu  8/3 - 8/6 4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
-Public Shows   Sat 8/8 & 8/15 Shows at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Sun 8/15 & 8/16 Shows at 2 p.m.

**We realize this schedule is very fluid right now regarding rehearsals. Please indicate any conflicts on your audition submission and we will discuss. There is a lot of flexibility at this point. Please email Laura if you have any concerns about the schedule.

Email Laura Bassett (Tri-City Chapter Coordinator) at with any questions.

Hope you can join in the fun!


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

Joseph Pulitzer

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

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.


Pulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary.













Jo Jo














Tommy Boy



Three newsies who are hesitant to join the strike.

Spot Conlon

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


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


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


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 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.


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.



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 barber.


The Bowery Beauties

Female performers at Medda’s Theater.

Stage Manager


The nuns offer breakfast to the hungry newsies.


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


Mr. Jacobi

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



Governor Teddy Roosevelt