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 by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Featuring 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.

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Director's Vision Statement:

Newsies is based on the historical story of the Newsboys’ Strike of 1899.  During the Spanish American War all of the newspapers raised the prices from $0.50/hundred papers to $0.60/ per hundred papers.  After the war, all but The New York World, run by Joseph Pulitzer, and The New York Journal, operated under William Randolph Hearst, reinstated the pre-war prices.

In a time when there were no child labor laws, families were flooding to America looking for a life of opportunity that their native country could not offer, and the boroughs of New York were becoming more and more crowded.  These child workers recognized their value and went on strike. A .10 hike was a very big deal.  Sure, this amounted to .01 per paper.  Big deal, right?  RIGHT!  In 1899 as a kid providing for themselves, or working to support their families, it made the difference between sleeping on the streets, or having a bed with shelter for the night; the difference between getting to eat that day, or not.  

The Newsies realized that they would be unable to earn a livable wage with the war ending and newspaper sales waning in the wake of less dire information.  They recognized their value and decided to take a stand.  Without anyone to sell the papers to the public, there would be no profit, and Pulitzer and Hearst were interested in the bottom line.  After 2 weeks the newsies and publishers were able to come to a compromise, the price would remain the same but Pulitzer and Hearst would buy back any unsold papers.  This was a monumental moment in history, as children had led a strike and prevailed.

“Now is the time to seize the day...wrongs will be righted if we’re united” are powerful lyrics.  This mantra can be applicable in so many life situations and reads in a similar manner to 1 Corinthians 16:13.  

"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong."  - 1 Corinthians 16:13

The newsies stayed on their guard, stood firm in what they believed, were courageous against a powerful force, and showed strength.  They seized the opportunity and made a difference.  Standing together for what they knew was right, they were victorious.

Newsies is a story of strength in numbers and fighting to make a difference.  It is a powerful story where kids are heard.  Their voices mean something.  It is a lesson in facing life head on.  You may have been dealt a crumby hand, but that does not mean they are the cards you are stuck with.  

This show is filled with high intensity dance numbers that are likely to involve more advanced technique and substantial stamina.  The story is told through the powerful and motivating motifs of the music, as well as the passion of the dance.  Alan Menken brought his Disney magic to yet another score.  It pops, punches, syncopates, and sings smoothly in all the right places to bring about all the feels.

It is important to note that traditionally male roles may be cast as females in our production.  This would come down to the lines of the character and the gender fluidity of the character’s name.  Another thing to consider, for females auditioning, would be whether or not you would be willing to be cast in the role of a male character and be costumed as such.

This script lends itself to a cast of tweens and teens.  Les is the only named Newsie that is 10 but supposed to act 7 to sell more papes.  
 

Dates / Times:

  • Friday, Oct 29th @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Oct 30th @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Oct 30th @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, Oct 31st @ 2:00pm
  • Friday, Nov 5th @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Nov 6th @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Nov 6th @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, Nov 7th @ 2:00pm

Ticket Prices:


Charles Bender Performing Arts Center:

611 Higgins Street, Humble, TX 77338


Show Notes:


Auditions:
Venue - Klein United Methodist Church 
Vocal + Dance Auditions- August 27
  • Vocal auditions 3:00-4:30, 7:15-7:45
  • Dance auditions 5-7pm
Callbacks- August 28
  • Dance callbacks  9-11am
  • Callbacks beginning at 12pm
  • Callback sides found HERE

Rehearsals:
Venue - Klein United Methodist Church 
Fridays (6:00-9:30) & Saturdays (9:30-4:00) Praise & Worship 9:30 am, rehearsals at 10:00am-4:00pm
Call times may vary and will be posted each week on the Callboard by Wednesday evening.
 
Rehearsal Schedule:
Sept 3-4
Sept 10-11
Sept 17-18
Sept 24-25
Oct 1-2
Oct 8-9
Oct 15-16
Oct 22-23

Mandatory Parent Meetings - Friday, September 3 @ 7:00pm; Friday, October 22 @ 7:00pm
Feedback Sessions – 9/11 & 9/18
Promo Pics - 9/25
Character Portraits –10/8 
Tech Week -10/25-10/28, pick up rehearsal 11/4
Performances - Friday 10/29, Saturday 10/30, Sunday 10/31, Friday 11/5, Saturday 11/6, Sunday 11/7, Charles Bender Performing Arts Center

Artistic Team:
Director- Christina Haynes

Vocal Director- Lisa Woods
Choreographer- Melody Johnson
Intern: Sean Ramsower

Please email the show coordinator, Donna Kincer, at Donna@cythouston.org with any questions.

For more information, please visit CYT Houston's Parent Hub.
Please join our Facebook Group: CYT Newsies 2021
Audition Packet found HERE

 


Characters:

Jack Kelly

  • Manny Tijerina

Crutchie

  • Kai Woods

Davey

  • Austin Tolles

Les

  • Leah Elliott

Race (Named Newsie)

  • Claire Howard

Albert (Named Newsie)

  • Royce Reid

Specs (Named Newsie)

  • Sarah Harvey

Henry (Named Newsie)

  • Kai Desel

Finch (Named Newsie)

  • Jace Shoemake

Romeo (Named Newsie)

  • Jake Bigler

Elmer (Named Newsie)

  • Will Kruse

Buttons (Named Newsie)

  • Chloe Rawlinson

Splasher (Named Newsie)

  • Taryn Songer

Tommy Boy (Named Newsie)

  • Matt Goodwin

Mush (Named Newsie)

  • Jake Bigler

JoJo (Named Newsie)

  • Morgan Yovanovich

Newsies Dance Ensemble

  • Addie Jae Desel
  • Avery Desel
  • Bella Mireles
  • Christin Burris
  • Kathryn McNight
  • Madelyn Newsom

Katherine Plumber

  • Hope Osborn

Spot Conlon (Brooklyn Newsie)

  • Addie Jae Desel

Medda Larkin

  • Ashley Pribble

Darcy

  • Beau Kabell

Hannah

  • Avery Vincent

Bill

  • Will Stevenson

Wiesel (Weasel)

  • Rebekah Shirley

Oscar Delancey

  • Charlie Feathers

Morris Delancey

  • Elijah Skibinski

Goons

  • Drake Harding
  • Lillian Monarch
  • Mia Garcia
  • Rita Carias
  • Sidney Gregg

Joseph Pulitzer

  • Travis Driver

Seitz

  • Beau Kabell

Bunsen

  • Will Stevenson

Nunzio

  • Mekhi Allen

The Bowery Beauties

  • Maya Woods
  • Meredith Jenkins
  • Sadie Shanks

Stage Manager

  • Mekhi Allen

Medda's Theater Patrons

  • Beau Kabell
  • Charlie Feathers
  • Drake Harding
  • Elijah Skibinski
  • Kaitlyn Whitmore
  • Rebekah Shirley
  • Sophie McDaniel
  • Will Stevenson

Scab 1

  • Katie Kincer

Scab 2

  • Audrey Criss

Scab 3

  • Ella Reed

Guard

  • Mekhi Allen

Snyder

  • James Hoke

Nun 1

  • Kaitlyn Whitmore

Nuns

  • Maya Woods
  • Melanie Miller
  • Summer Dee Nichols

Camerman

  • Scarlett Maguire

Woman

  • Sophie McDaniel

A Man

  • Drake Harding

Passerby

  • Lillian Monarch
  • Summer Dee Nichols
  • Taylor Jenkins

Mr. Jacobi

  • James Hoke

Mr. Jacobi's Daughter

  • Taylor Jenkins

Police Officer

  • Sadie Shanks

Mayor

  • Mekhi Allen

Governor Teddy Roosevelt

  • Jace Shoemake

Headline Writer

  • Katie Kincer
  • Sidney Gregg

Refuge Kids

  • Audrey Criss
  • Ella Reed
  • Kaitlyn Whitmore
  • Meredith Jenkins
  • Sophie McDaniel
  • Taylor Jenkins

Window Washer

  • Melanie Miller
  • Rita Carias

Flower Vendor

  • Audrey Criss
  • Ella Reed
  • Meredith Jenkins

Shoe Shiners

  • Mia Garcia
  • Scarlett Maguire

Brooklyn Newsies

  • Kaitlyn Whitmore
  • Maya Woods
  • Rebekah Shirley
  • Sadie Shanks

Manhattan Newsies

  • Audrey Criss
  • Ella Reed
  • Kathryn McNight
  • Lillian Monarch
  • Madelyn Newsom
  • Summer Dee Nichols

Flushing Newsie

  • Katie Kincer
  • Mia Garcia
  • Sidney Gregg
  • Sophie McDaniel

Richmond Newsies

  • Christin Burris
  • Melanie Miller
  • Rita Carias
  • Taylor Jenkins

Woodside Newsies

  • Bella Mireles
  • Drake Harding
  • Meredith Jenkins
  • Scarlett Maguire

Bronx Newsies

  • Avery Desel

Jack Kelly Cover

  • Royce Reid

Crutchie Cover

  • Chloe Rawlinson

Davey Cover

  • Beau Kabell

Les Cover

  • Will Kruse

Race Cover

  • Jace Shoemake

Albert Cover

  • Kai Desel

Katherine Plumber Cover

  • Avery Desel

Hannah Cover

  • Maya Woods

Medda Larkin Cover

  • Sadie Shanks

Pulitzer Cover

  • Will Stevenson

Crew

  • Maggie Bernard
  • William Garcia
  • William Whitmore