Description:

Stop the presses! This Disney film turned Tony-winning Broadway hit inspires everyone to fight for what's right and seize the day.

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 HorrorsSister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. 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.

Director: Bobby Tschoepe
Musical Director: Valerie Lietz
Assistant Musical Director: TBD
Co-Choreographer: Chelsea DePaula
Co-Choreographer: Jeremiah Jordon
Stage Manager: Bailey Garner

Dates / Times:

  • Thursday, Jun 16th @ 7:00pm
  • Friday, Jun 17th @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Jun 18th @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Jun 18th @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, Jun 19th @ 3:00pm
Tickets go on sale Monday May 16, 2022 at 12:00am

Ticket Prices:


Jackson Auditorium:

Fleming Dr., Seguin, TX 78155


Show Notes:

Mandatory Show Parent Meetings:
Regardless of your previous involvement in CYT, anyone interested in auditioning for Newsies or Annie JR. MUST be present for one of the below meetings:
Saturday, March 26th at 2pm
Saturday, March 26th at 4pm
Saturday, March 26th at 6pm

You only need to come to one of these meetings and coming to a meeting doesn't commit you to participating. This is just to make sure that everyone has the necessary information about the process, expectations, and more. If you cannot make one of these meetings but still want to participate, please email our Show Coordinator, Naomi Tulp, at shows@cytsanantonio.org.
If you do not have a family representative present for one of these meetings and you don't connect with our Show Coordinator to get the information, your child will not be able to audition for the show.

Auditions:
Students enrolled for the Spring Session of classes are eligible to sign up for an audition slot through their family account! Auditions for both Annie JR. and Newsies will be on Saturday, April 2nd from 10am-4pm where students will bring their prepared material (see below) to present for the artistic teams of both productions. Please arrive 10 minutes before your audition slot to make sure your paperwork is complete.

Students will need to prepare:
A one minute cut of a song (this song should NOT be from Annie JR. or Newsies. We suggest something Disney if this is your first time auditioning. Your track needs to be a karaoke track with no words)
A one minute or less monologue (the monologues from Annie JR. or Newsies that you can use from CYT will be listed on the Shows page at a later time, OR you can select your own monologue if you would like)

REQUIRED BY AUDITIONS:
1. Registered for a Spring 2022 Class
2. Audition Sign-Up through Sign Up Genius *Link will be here*
3. Complete Spring 2022 Audition Form *Online* (Must be completed the day before auditions. The Karaoke track for your song must be uploaded at time of completion.)
4. Complete Spring 2022 Production Form *Online*

If you cannot make auditions in person, video auditions are accepted! Please email Naomi Tulp at shows@cytsanantonio.org to get more details. We want to see you audition for the show so if you have existing school or family commitments, please get information on how to submit a video audition. Video auditions do NOT exclude you from receiving a callback or participating in the show.

Friday, April 8th from 5-9pm and Saturday, April 9th from 10am-4pm will be reserved for dance call & callbacks for both productions. Students will be notified by Wednesday, April 5th as to what time they may need to be present on April 8th and/or 9th.

Rehearsals:
Rehearsals will begin Saturday, April 16th and will end Saturday, June 11th. 

The rehearsal schedule is posted below.

Please note that the following days/times will be used in this show process: Friday from 5:30-8:30pm, and Saturday from 10am-4pm. We will utilize a few select Tuesdays from 5:30-8:30pm for blocking. 

Production Fees and Ticketing:
Production Fees for this show are $200.

We are planning on block ticketing for this show since performances we are planning on in-person performances. Block Ticketing means that families are responsible for selling 10 tickets at a discounted rate of $16 a piece to family and friends. This is done by using a personal box office link that can be shared. If families do not sell their 10 tickets by the time the show closes, the remaining dollar amount will be charged to the Family Account. More information will be coming with details!


Characters:

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. Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: Bb2

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. Though his movement will suggest his bum leg, Crutchie should still be included in the dance numbers. Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: C3

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. Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: D3

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. Vocal range top: Bb3 Vocal range bottom: Db3

Newsie - Albert

Newsie - Buttons

Newsie - Elmer

Newsie - Finch

Newsie - Henry

Newsie - Ike

Newsie - Jo Jo

Newsie - Mike

Newsie - Mush

Newsie - Race

Newsie - Romeo

Newsie - Specs

Newsie - Splasher

Newsie - Tommy Boy

Scabs

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.”

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. Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Darcy

The upper-class kid of a publisher who sides with the newsies. Can double as a newsie.

Bill

Bill The son of William Randolph Hearst who joins the newsies' cause. Can double as a newsie.

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 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.

Goons

Assist the Delanceys' in roughing up the newsies at the end of Act One.

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. Vocal range top: F4 Vocal range bottom: C3

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. Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: F3

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.

Photographer

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

Woman

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.

Policemen

Assist Snyder and turn against the newsies in the fight that concludes Act One.

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.