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Stage Door Inc., a well-known community theatre in Chambers County, has built a strong reputation for its outstanding productions. With 17 years of experience in delivering exceptional live theatre, Stage Door Inc. is thrilled to announce the upcoming auditions for Disney's Newsies the Musical as part of its 2024 season. Emphasizing inclusivity, Stage Door Inc. warmly welcomes anyone from the community who wishes to be a part of this exciting production. As the sole community theatre in Chambers County, Stage Door Inc. remains dedicated to providing a platform for local talent to shine and bring joy to the community through the enchantment of live theater.


8222 State Hwy 146
Baytown, Texas


Audition Dates:

June 2 & 3, 2024 ( 630pm - 930PM )


Please arrive about 15 minutes before the beginning of the audition time to fill out forms etc., Also we ask that you please plan to attend both auditions unless otherwise directed by theatre staff.


You may fill out an audition form here:



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! Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story!


*****************THIS IS A NON-PAYING GIG*****************


A headshot and resume would be greatly appreciated. If bringing please have your headshot and resume, stapled together.


Weekends, August 23 - September 1, 2024
Friday and Saturday Showtimes at 730pm and Sunday Matinees at 230pm

Possible Thursday Performances if needed at 730pm


Rehearsal is generally held Monday through Friday 6:30PM – 9:30PM with possibly weekend rehearsals as tech week approaches. Please attend with a known list of conflicts, the casting team will want to know your availability.


Stage Door Inc., is casting 15 adult and 15 youth actors for this production.


The audition will consist of Dance combination (taught at auditions)

singing from the show

and cold readings from the script.
Please be dressed appropriately for movement.



(Note: The age written in breakdown is the age of the character and all genders are male and female identifying) 

Jack Kelly:

Male, Age 16-20, 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 RangeBb2-A4) 



Male, Age 13-17, 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 C3-A4) 



Male, Age 15-20, 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 D3-A4) 



Male, Age 10-15, 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 Db3-Bb3) 


Age 10-20, 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. May be cast male or female. 


Spot Conlon:

Male or Female, Age 17-20, The proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an 
intimidating reputation and a short singing solo in “Brooklyn’s Here.” 


Katherine Plumber:

Female, Age 17-20, 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 A3-F5) 


Male or Female, Age 15-20, The upper-class kid of a publisher who sides with the 
newsies. Can double as a newsie. 


Male, Age 15-25, The son of William Randolph Hearst who joins the newsies' cause. Can 
double as a newsie. 


Male, Age 35-50, 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:

Male, Age 15-20, 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. 

Joseph Pulitzer:

Male, 35-50, 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 F4-C3) 

Pulitzer’s Staff:

Seitz- Male or Female, Editor, advises Pulitzer, but ultimately admires the kids’ newspaper;

Bunsen- Male or Female, Age 35-50, Pulitzer’s bookkeeper, comes up with the ideas to raise the newsies’ price per paper;

Hannah- Female, Age 20-40, Pulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary;

Nunzio- Male, Age 30-50, Pulitzer’s barber. 


Male or Female, Age 45-65, 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:

Female, Age 25-45, 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 F3-E5) 


Mr. Jacobi:

Male or Female, Age 35-55, 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:

Male, Age 50-65, A well-respected lifelong public servant, 
inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer. 


Female Ensemble: Newsies, Nuns, The Bowery Beauties, Scabs, Stage Manager, 
Photographer, Customers, Katherine Understudy, Medda Understudy 


Male Ensemble: Newsies, Guards, Policemen, Mayor, Goons, Scabs, Jack Kelly Understudy, 
Davey Understudy, Crutchie Understudy


If you would like to get involved but don't want to be on stage? Stage Door Inc. is always looking for people to help BACKSTAGE during production (as stage managers, crew, light or sound techs, prop masters, etc.). Sound interesting? Come to auditions and talk to the director. He can be emailed at

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