Artisan Theatre

Artisan Center Theater (NON EQUITY) announces auditions for

the Main Stage production of


Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Jack Feldman

Book by Harvey Fierstein

Based on the Disney film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White.

Directed and Choreographed by Cody Walker

Music Direction by Richard Gwozdz

Performed at Artisan Center Theater at 444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas


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

AUDITION DATES: Monday, September 17, 2018 from 7-10pm, Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 7-10pm and Wednesday, September 26 from 5-8pm.

CALL BACKS: Callbacks (if necessary) will be held Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 8-11pm and Saturday, September 29 from 9am-1pm.

LOCATION:  Auditions will be at Artisan Center Theater at 444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas 76053.

REHEARSAL DATES: Rehearsals will begin Monday, November 5, 2018 and will generally be Monday through Friday evenings from 7-10:30pm and Saturdays from 9am-3pm. (Not everyone will be called for every rehearsal.)

NO REHEARSAL: November 22-25 & December 21-25 & December 31

Tech week rehearsals: December 26-28, 7pm-10:30pm; December 29, 9am-5pm; January 1-3, 7pm-11:00pm.

PRODUCTION DATES: The production runs January 4-February 9, 2019. Performances are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30pm, with additional Saturday matinees at 3pm beginning January 12.


AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS:  Vocal auditions are by appointment. Copy the following link into your browser and then make an appointment:  Seeking strong dancers, tumblers, actors and singers, to play ages 10-65. Numerous roles for young adults and teens, as well as roles for older adults and seniors. All auditioning for principal, supporting and non-newsie roles must bring sheet music with them and be prepared to sing up to 32 bars, but no more than one minute, of a fully memorized Broadway-style musical selection in the style of NEWSIES that showcases their vocal range and ability. Musical selections do not need to be from Disney’s NEWSIES. Sheet music should be marked and in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided. All those that want to be considered for a newsie must attend one of our dance calls (male or female). Not all dancers have to sing, although it is preferred. Not all singer/actors have to dance. Please wear appropriate shoes and attire for a musical theatre jazz and tap call and be warmed up and ready to dance. We will also consider casting a “pit choir” for the production which would require singers to attend music rehearsals with the on-stage cast/dancers as well as off-stage singing during the run of the show.  The pit choir would be required to attend all music rehearsals, tech week rehearsals and performances. Please bring a current headshot and resume, stapled (back to back, in all four corners) and your completed audition info found at If asked to return for a call back, expect to read from the script, dance and learn/sing a song from the show.


NOTE: The dance audition will be 8-9pm on September 17-18 and 6-7pm on September 26. All actors who wish to be considered for a dancing role must attend one of the three dance auditions.


Actors will be given six complimentary vouchers to be used during the first four performances, a season ticket (valid for one year) to be used during the first week of Main Stage productions, a show t-shirt and access to digital production photos.


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, Newsiesfeatures 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 (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.


Jack Kelly

The charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies, is an oprhaned 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 a certain female reporter. Must have a great pop tenor voice and sense of physicality.

Gender: Male

Age: 16 to 24

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: Bb2



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.

Gender: Male

Age: 13 to 20

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: C3



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.

Gender: Male

Age: 15 to 23

Vocal range top: A4

Vocal range bottom: D3



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.

Gender: Male

Age: 10 to 15

Vocal range top: Bb3

Vocal range bottom: Db3



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 that go on strike for a livable wage. 

Gender: Both

Age: 13 to 22



Three newsies who are hesitant to join the strike.

Gender: Both

Age: 10 to 20


Spot Conlon

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

Gender: Male

Age: 17 to 24


Katherine Plumber

A young reporter, working hard to make a name for herself as a journalist. Ends up falling 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.

Gender: Female

Age: 17 to 22

Vocal range top: F5

Vocal range bottom: A3



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

Gender: Both

Age: 15 to 21



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

Gender: Male

Age: 15 to 25



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.

Gender: Male

Age: 35 to 50


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.

Gender: Male

Age: 15 to 22



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

Gender: Male

Age: 15 to 20


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.

Gender: Male

Age: 35 to 50

Vocal range top: F4

Vocal range bottom: C3



Editor, advises Pulitzer, but ultimately admires the kids’ newspaper.

Gender: Both



Pulitzer’s bookkeeper, comes up with the ideas to raise the newsies’ price per paper.

Gender: Both

Age: 35 to 50



Pulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary.

Gender: Female

Age: 20 to 40



Pulitzer’s barber.

Gender: Male

Age: 30 to 50



The Guard removes the newsies from Pulitzer’s building.

Gender: Male

Age: 20 to 60



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.

Gender: Both

Age: 45 to 65


Medda Larkin

This matron of the saloon and burlesque entertainer is a singer and star of the Bowery. She has always had a soft spot for Jack and 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.

Gender: Female

Age: 25 to 45

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: F3


The Bowery Beauties

Female performers at Medda’s Theater.

Gender: Female

Age: 18 to 30


Stage Manager

Introduces Medda's act. 

Gender: Male

Age: 25 to 55



The three nuns offer breakfast to the hungry newsies. Feel free to cast additional nuns.

Gender: Female

Age: 20 to 60



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

Gender: Both

Age: 15 to 25



A newspaper customer. 

Gender: Both

Age: 15 to 45


Mr. Jacobi

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

Gender: Both

Age: 35 to 55



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

Gender: Male

Age: 20 to 60



The Mayor of New York City rebuffs Pulitzer’s attempts to shut down the newsies’ strike.

Gender: Male

Age: 45 to 60


Governor Teddy Roosevelt

A well-respected lifelong public servant, inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer.

Gender: Male

Age: 50 to 65



In the original Broadway production, the adult (non-newsie) ensemble comprised eight actors who doubled and understudied as indicated below. All other featured roles and understudies were cast from the ensemble of newsies. Feel free to follow these tracks or expand as your resources allow.

FEMALE ENSEMBLE 1 – Nun / Hannah / Bowery Beauty / Katherine understudy
FEMALE ENSEMBLE 2 – Nun / Woman / Bowery Beauty / Medda understudy
FEMALE ENSEMBLE 3 – Nun / Medda Larkin
MALE ENSEMBLE 1 – Wiesel / Stage Manager / Mr. Jacobi / Mayor / Pulitzer understudy
MALE ENSEMBLE 2 – Seitz / Roosevelt understudy
MALE ENSEMBLE 3 – Bunsen / Male Ensemble 1 understudy
MALE ENSEMBLE 4 – Nunzio / Guard / Policeman / Roosevelt
MALE ENSEMBLE 5 – Snyder / Pulitzer understudy

Gender: Both



Artisan Center Theater produces eight full scale Broadway style musicals a year in their 195-seat theater-in-the-round. Artisan also stages three additional special event plays and musicals on the new 150-seat thrust stage located on Second Stage.  Also on Second Stage, Artisan Children's Theater produces six children's shows each year where children perform for children.  As part of their mission to create opportunities to experience uplifting family-friendly theater, Artisan offers a complete program of theatrical education, dance and performing arts classes throughout the year. Opening in 2003 and now serving more than 90,000 patrons each year, Artisan Center Theater is located at 444 E Pipeline Rd. in Hurst, Texas. The theater is closed on Sunday. For more information on Artisan visit




Artisan Center Theater

444 East Pipeline Road

Hurst, Texas 76053