Disney’s Newsies

Title of Show: Disney’s Newsies

Synopsis: Based on the real newsboy strike of 1899 and Disney’s 1992 film, Jack Kelly dreams of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. When his bosses raise distribution prices, Jack fights for and rallies his army of newsies to strike. 

Director: Nathan Mittleman

Ages Called: 5th grade- College



Monday, January 17 (6PM- 8:30PM) @ SBCT
Tuesday, January 18 (6PM-8:30PM) @ SBCT


Monday-Thursday | January 24-March 17 @ 6-8:30PM

Saturdays | January 29-March 12 @ 10AM- 1PM

Tech Week (NO CONFLICTS ALLOWED): Monday-Thursday (3/21/22-3/24/22) 5:30-9:30PM 


Public Shows:
Friday, 3/25/22 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, 3/26/22 @ 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Friday, 4/1/22 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, 4/2/22 @ 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM

 School Shows:
Monday, 3/28/22 @ 9:45 am (School Show)
Tuesday, 3/29/22 @ 9:45 am (School Show)

 ROLES (not entire list)


Jack Kelly: Male age 16-20. Vocal Range A4 -Bb2. 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. Must have a great pop tenor voice and sense of physicality.

Crutchie: Any gender. Age 13-17. A dedicated newsie with a bum leg that’s painful, but helps sell more papers.

Davey: 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

Les: 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.

Newsies: Males aged 13-20. 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.

Scabs: Any gender age 10-20. Three newsies who are hesitant to join the strike.  

Joseph Pulitzer: Male age 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.

*** Additional roles are found in a link on the audition form. ***


All Cast Members will be responsible to pay a $25 costume fee that is due at the first rehearsal. Check made out to SBCT or Cash at check in.

Audition Requirements:

Students will be broken up into groups of 20 and will audition for 35 minutes each with Choreography, Vocal, & an Acting Audition for the first round of auditions on Jan 17 OR 18, 2022.

What to expect…

Vocal: Everyone will be asked to sing the provided cut from “Carrying the Banner” and ONE cut of their choice: “Watch What Happens,” “Santa Fe,” “Seize the Day,” “Letter from the Refuge,” “That’s Rich,” or “Bottom Line.” Memorization is not required. However, it is suggested to familiarize yourself with the material.

Click the link below to access vocal audition cuts:

Dance: Students will learn a short combination from the show, which will be performed in small groups. Please wear closed-toed shoes and clothing that allows for movement.

Acting: This portion of the audition will consist of games, improv, and ensemble building exercises. Be prepared to move, interact with others, and make strong choices!

The CallBack list will be emailed by TUESDAY, Jan 18 @ 11:59PM. Those who are asked to attend callbacks on Jan 19, (6-8:30PM) will be given sides for each of the speaking/solo roles at the callbacks.

Click the link below to access the Character Breakdown:

    COVID-19 Response

    Your CIVIC’s COVID-19 Response
    **These rules will be revised as needed, responding to current health conditions.**

    SBCT requires ALL PARTICIPANTS, ages 5 and up be fully vaccinated by the opening of the show, March 21, 2022. All participants MUST have at least 1 (one) vaccine shot by the start of rehearsals on January 24, 2022.

    What we will do to keep our students safe…
    *The theatre, classroom, & rehearsal spaces are sanitized nightly and between all uses.
    *All restrooms will be sanitized prior to rehearsals, following bathroom breaks, and at the end.
    *Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the building and inside the rehearsal spaces.
    *All Students & Staff, regardless of vaccination status, will wear face masks during the rehearsal process.
    *If any Student exhibits COVID symptoms or is exposed to COVID, they must provide the theatre with a negative COVID test before being allowed to return.
    *If a Student tests positive for COVID, they are required to immediately alert the theatre, so that contact tracing may be conducted.
    *CIVIC contact tracing will require all exposed Students and/or Staff to be tested. If additional positive tests are discovered, then measures will be taken to ensure the safety of all, up to and including, the cancellation of classes/rehearsals/production.

    Questions? Reach out to the director!