Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Based on the Disney Film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni Wite
Originally produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions
Directed by Ross Collins


Newsies at Fountain Hills Youth Theater

Video Auditions sign up here. MUST be submitted prior to July 23.
Auditioners who submit a video audition MUST attend callbacks on Aug. 2 at 5pm

Saturday, July 23 at 10am
Sunday, July 24 at 10am
Saturday, July 30 at 10am
Sunday, July 31 at 10am
Callbacks: Tuesday, August 2 at 5pm

September 30 – October 9, 2022
Performances Friday, Saturday at 7:00pm and Sunday at 2pm
(Possible extension through October 16)

A Youth Theater Musical

Sign Up & Download Audition Packet Here

Jack Kelly is a newsboy and leader of a band of “newsies.” When publishers raise prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right!

To Audition:
Auditioners are asked to prepare an age-appropriate monologue from a previously published work, not to exceed 2 minutes in length, and 16 to 32 bars of an upbeat song or ballad that best shows off their voice. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key (an accompanist will be provided). A CD or edited karaoke track in the proper key may be substituted for sheet music, but must be queued to the desired start, must contain music only with no vocal assist, and must come with any special connectors necessary for your playback device. Dress to move for dance audition following.

Auditioners should bring:
– Completed audition form (download audition packet from sign-up genius page)
– Headshot and resume if available
– List of ALL possible rehearsal conflicts from August 6 – September 29

Video Auditions:
Can be submitted prior to July 23, and may substitute for appearing at the Saturday and Sunday auditions. Candidates will be required to appear in person at callbacks on Tuesday, August 2. Video should include 16 bars of a song showing off voice and range, an age-appropriate monologue not to exceed 2 minutes in length, and a description of your dance background and ability, and any gymnastic abilities. Video auditions should be sent to along with a headshot, a resume (if available), and a completed audition form from the audition packet downloaded from the signup page.

Production fees: If cast, your child will be receiving over 110 hours of professional direction from trained, industry professionals. Please be advised that if your child is cast in this show, there is a production fee of $100.00 per participant which includes a show t-shirt and a flash drive of production photos. Parents are also required to volunteer for 10 hours. Scholarships are available. NO ONE will be denied participation based on the ability to pay.

COVID-19 Protocols: Because our actors will be performing indoors and in close proximity, they may be required to wear masks during rehearsals, and wear face shields during performances, both onstage and off. Vaccinations are strongly encouraged. Cast members may be required to take a COVID test before tech week and each Thursday before performance weekends. It is recommended that the audience wear a mask during performances. The safety of our young performers and our community is our number-one priority, and we greatly appreciate your understanding.


CASTING FOR (Ages 8-19):

Jack Kelly  The charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies, an oprhan and artist who yearns to get out of New York

Crutchie  A dedicated newsie with a bum leg, walks with the assistance of a crutch, goofy- sweet sense of humor and optimistic resilience.

Davey  Les’s straight-laced, bright big brother starts selling newspapers to help his family, the brains of the resistance.

Les  Davey’s cheeky younger brother, is inspired by the freedom of the newsies

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.

Wiesel  “Weasel,” runs the distribution window for the World, Pulitzer’s disgruntled paper-pusher.

Oscar and Morris Delancey  Tough brothers who work at the distribution window for the World, known to use their fists to make a point.

Joseph Pulitzer  A pompous businessman through and through, owns the World and is concerned solely with the bottom line. Katherine’s no-nonsense father.

ENSEMBLE (cast members with these roles may have multiple roles):

Newsies: 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: Three newsies who are hesitant to join the strike.

Spot Conlon: The proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an intimidating reputation

Darcy: The upper-class kid of a publisher who sides with the newsies

Bill: The son of William Randolph Hearst who joins the newsies’ cause

Goons: Assist the Delanceys in roughing up the newsies at the end of Act One.

Hannah: Pulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary

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

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

Nunzio: Pulitzer’s barber

Guard: The Guard removes the newsies from Pulitzer’s building

Snyder: The crooked and sinister warden of The Refuge, a filthy and horrible orphanage

Medda Larkin: big-voiced saloon singer and star of the Bowery

The Bowery Beauties: Female performers at Medda’s Theater

Stage Manager: Introduces Medda’s act

Nuns: offer breakfast to the hungry newsies

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

Mr. Jacobi: Allows the newsies to congregate in his restaurant to plan their strike

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

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

Governor Teddy Roosevelt: A well-respected lifelong public servant, inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer

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Fountain Hills Theater is a 501(c)(3) organization. All gifts are tax-deductible. The Theater is 100% funded by ticket sales and donations. Ticket sales alone do not cover operating expenses. For more information about donating or volunteering, please call 480.837.9661 x3 or read here.

Newsies is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.