Disney’s Newsies

May 25 @ 7:00pm

May 26 @ 2:00pm

May 27 @ 2:00pm

Director/ Choreographer - Tammy Colucci

Musical Director - Phil Hidalgo

DISNEY’S NEWSIES, a bona-fide Broadway hit, was inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899.  High-energy with non-stop thrills, the musical addresses themes of social injustice and exploitative labor practices, and features a David-versus-Goliath struggle as the young newsboys learn to harness their power. 

Set in New York City, the show is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies.  He dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right. 

All auditions for Diamond Head Theatre productions, unless otherwise specified, are held in the DHT Rehearsal Hall. Diamond Head Theatre is located at 520 Makapuu Avenue, across the street from Kapiolani Community College. Parking is available in the theatre’s parking lot located behind the building. The Rehearsal Hall is located at the back of the theatre; enter through the door that says Costume Shop.

Audition Requirements: 

SING: Please prepare an uptempo song or ballad from the traditional or contemporary Broadway repertoire. Bring sheet music in your own key. No transpositions on site, no acapella, karaoke, or tapes will be allowed. An accompanist will be provided.  

DANCE: Please bring appropriate dancewear (clothes/shoes).
REHEARSALS: Rehearsals begin immediately following auditions. Rehearsal schedule determined by director.

Character Breakdown:

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. Jack isn’t afraid to use his voice to attain better conditions for the working kids of New York City.  Tough-guy exterior with a sweet vulnerability. Must have a great pop tenor voice and sense of physicality.
Gender: Male
Age: 16 to 25
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

A dedicated newsie with a bum leg that’s painful, but helps sell more papes. Jack Kelly’s best friend. He has a goofy- sweet sense of humor and optimistic resilience. The heart of the resistance. Gender: Both
Age: 15 to 25
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 25
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: D3

Davey’s cheeky younger brother inspired by the freedom of the newsies. Fearless, precocious and a natural newsie, Les is an intuitive salesboy and a pint-sized charmer. Gender: Male
Age: 12 to 15
Vocal range top: Bb3
Vocal range bottom: Db3

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

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, resourceful and bold. Katherine should have a great contemporary pop voice with a high belt and dance experience.
Gender: Female
Age: 17 to 25
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3

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.
Gender: Female, any ethnicity
Age: 25 to 45
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: F3

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. Strong technique and tap required.
Strong female singer/dancers will be considered as newsboys.
Gender: Male/Female
Age: 13 to 25

Spot Conlon/Newsie
The proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies with an intimidating reputation.
Gender: Both
Age: 15 to 25

The upper-class kid of a publisher who sides with the newsies.
Gender: Both
Age: 15 to 25

The son of William Randolph Hearst who joins the newsies' cause.
Gender: Male
Age: 15 to 25

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 25

FEMALE ENSEMBLE 1 - Nun / Hannah / Bowery Beauty / Katherine understudy

FEMALE ENSEMBLE 2 - Nun / Woman / Bowery Beauty / Medda understudy

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

Show runs from July 13 - August 5, with possible extension. Go here for performance dates and times:

For further information, please call Diamond Head Theatre at 733-0277 x302.

Shooting Stars Auditions: Saturday, June 16th.

Sign Up at 1:00pm, Auditions begin at 1:30pm