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"Newsies"-Cleveland, OH - Casting ID # 1604060
Project Type Live Event Submission Type Open Call
Location Cleveland, OH Union Non-union
Rate/Pay n/a Release Date 10-23-19
Audition Date 01-21-20 Submission deadline 01-19-20
Casting Category Theatre - Non-Equity
Seize the day! The Newsies is a high energy show set in 1899 in the dirty, bustling streets of New York City. It opens the world to the Newspaper business and child labor, which was inspired by real life events of the Newsboy Strike at the turn of the century. After the film popularized the story in the 90s, it became a smash Broadway hit in 2012! The Newsboy Strike was one of the first organized strikes in history by children. The story begins with providing audiences a window into the life of a newsie trying to make living and get by, but it is difficult since many are poor and orphaned. When the rich businessman Pulitzer decides to raise the cost of the papers to increase profits, the charismatic Jack Kelly helps the newsies organize a union and a citywide strike against the paper. The Newsies decide to "become news" with their striking story and even print their own newspaper. Full of catchy tunes, high energy dancing – the Newsies is story telling at its finest. Standing up for what you believe in, your friends, your dreams, a class struggle between those in power and workers and challenging those in authority to rectify injustices – many themes are still very relevant today.

Role # 1 Jack Kelly
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies. An orphaned dreamer and artist yearning to get out of the crowded streets of New York to make a better life for himself. Very protective to his best friend, Crutchie. Loyal and not afraid to speak his mind to get better conditions for the working kids of New York City. Jack has a softer side showing his big heart and vulnerability, especially for Katherine Plumber. Pop tenor voice and command a strong stage presence/physicality.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 Crutchie
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

A dedicated newsie with a bum leg, which happens to help him sell more papers. Crutchie represents a very important time in history of representing a disabled child, but he does not let this define him. The crutch he uses to get around is simply a tool to help him see the world. Crutchie is Jack's best friend and has a goofy sense of humor and optimistic resilience.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 Davey
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

New, bookish newsie. Les's straight-laced, bright big brother starts selling newspapers to help his family earn a living, but becomes swept up in the strike. Davey is a leader in his own right and learning how to use his voice to uplift others. Davey is the brains of the resistance.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 Les
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Davey's fearless, cheeky younger brother. He's inspired by the freedom of the newsies and loves their independent lifestyle. Les is natural salesboy and pint-sized charmer. He is younger than the other newsies.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 5 Race
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Newsies who are some of the hardest-working kids of NYC who go on strike for a living wage.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 6 Albert
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Newsies who are some of the hardest-working kids of NYC who go on strike for a living wage.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 7 Specs
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Newsies who are some of the hardest-working kids of NYC who go on strike for a living wage.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 8 Henry
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Newsies who are some of the hardest-working kids of NYC who go on strike for a living wage.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 9 Finch
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Newsies who are some of the hardest-working kids of NYC who go on strike for a living wage.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 10 Romeo
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Newsies who are some of the hardest-working kids of NYC who go on strike for a living wage.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 11 Elmer
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Newsies who are some of the hardest-working kids of NYC who go on strike for a living wage.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 12 Mush
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Newsies who are some of the hardest-working kids of NYC who go on strike for a living wage.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 13 Buttons
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Newsies who are some of the hardest-working kids of NYC who go on strike for a living wage.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 14 Splasher
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Newsies who are some of the hardest-working kids of NYC who go on strike for a living wage.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 15 Tommy Boy
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Newsies who are some of the hardest-working kids of NYC who go on strike for a living wage.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 16 Jo Jo
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Newsies who are some of the hardest-working kids of NYC who go on strike for a living wage.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 17 Mike
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Newsies who are some of the hardest-working kids of NYC who go on strike for a living wage.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 18 Ike
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Newsies who are some of the hardest-working kids of NYC who go on strike for a living wage.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 19 Scabs
Seeking 3 talent(s) for this role

Newsies who are hesitant to join the strike.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 20 Spot Conlon
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Proud leader for the Brooklyn newsies and boasts of an intimidating reputation.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 21 Katherine Plumber
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

An ambitious young reporter trying to make a name for herself as a legitimate journalist (women weren't taken seriously during this time). Quick, funny, resourceful and embraces and captures a new generation rising by covering the newsies strike. She doesn't make time for streetwise, cocky men, but has a soft spot for Jack Kelly. Contemporary pop voice with a high belt.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 22 Darcy
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Can double as a newsie, but is a upper-class son of a publisher who sides with the newsies.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 23 Bill
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

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


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 24 Photographer
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

takes the triumphant photo of the newsies at the end of Seize the Day.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 5 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 25 Wiesel/Weasel
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

runs the World's distribution window and knows most the newies by name. Assisted by the intimidating Delancey brothers, who keep order by any means necessary. Wiesel is Pulitzer's disgruntled paper pusher.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 26 Morris Delancey
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Toughs who work at the World's distribution window and take the side of the publishers in the strike and are known to use their fists to make a point.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 27 Oscar Delancey
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Toughs who work at the World's distribution window and take the side of the publishers in the strike and are known to use their fists to make a point.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 28 Goons
Seeking 10 talent(s) for this role

Assist Delancey's in roughing up the newsies.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 29 Joseph Pulitzer
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

A pompous businessman publisher of the World. He is only concerned solely with the bottom line. Katherine's no-nonsense father does not sympathize with the stikers, but does eventually and grudgingly – respects Jack in the end.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 30 Seitz
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Pulitzer's editor and adviser, but ultimately admires the kid's newspaper.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 31 Bunsen
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Pulitzer's bookkeeper comes up with the idea to raise the newsies' price per paper.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 32 Hannah
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Pulitzer's practical and insightful secretary.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 33 Nunzio
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Pulitzer's barber.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 34 Guard
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Removes the newsies from Pulitzer's building.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 35 Medda Larkin
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Larger than life diva, who sparkles and shines through her personality. Inspired by Aida Overton Walker, a big voiced salon singer and vaudeville star of the Bowery. She owns the theater and offers a safe haven for the newsies. An astute entertainer with great comic delivery. She is a good friend to Jack and stands firmly behind the newsies in their fight for justice.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 36 Bowery Beauties
Seeking 10 talent(s) for this role

Female showgirls at Medda's theater.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 37 Stage Manager
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Seeking for an aspiring and versatile talent who can portray this role.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 38 Nuns
Seeking 3 talent(s) for this role

Offer breakfast to hungry newsies.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 39 Woman
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Newspaper customer


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 40 Jacobi
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

owner of Jacobi's deli and allows newsies to congregate in his restaurant to plan their strike – when he doesn't have any paying customers.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 41 Snyder
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Crooked and sinister warden of The Refuge, a filty and horrible orphanage only concerned with catching kids to keep his government checks coming.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 42 Policeman
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Assists Snyder and turn against the newsies.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 43 Mayor
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

NYC Mary rebuffs Pulitzer's attempts to shut down the newsies' strike.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 44 Teddy Roosevelt
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Well respected lifelong public servant and inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -