WACA Youth Program

7-18 years old

September 13th at 5:00pm and

September 14th at 6:30pm

What do I need to audition?

Auditions will consist of a solo vocal audition, dance audition, and cold readings from the script.

Please prepare 16-24 measures of a song. Using an instrumental only background track you will sing your song selection. There are many instrumental tracks on Youtube, Apple Music, Amazon Prime etc. We will use our speakers to connect your device (phone, tablet) to play the instrumental track. Sing something that shows off your range and ability.

Dance- You will be taught a short dance by our choreographer and will perform it in small groups. We do not expect perfection, we do need to see how you follow directions and general dance/movement abilities

Readings from the Script-

You will be given "sides" (small selections of the script) to read aloud. We want to see how you perform with the charcters, lines and siuations in the side. Volume, eye contact, and reading with emotion are some of the key elements we look at. 

About the Show

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, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.

Character Breakdown

Jack Kelly
The charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies, is an oprhaned 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.

Katherine PlumberAn 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 resourcesful, she boldy 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.

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.

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.

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

Medda LarkinInspired 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.

Joseph PulitzerA 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.

HannahPulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary.

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. 

The Bowery BeautiesFemale performers at Medda’s Theater.

Three newsies who are hesitant to join the strike.

Spot Conlon
The proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an intimidating reputation and a short singing solo in “Brooklyn’s Here.”


The upper-class kid of a publisher who sides with the newsies. Can double as a newsie. 

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

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
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.

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


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

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


Pulitzer’s barber.

The Guard removes the newsies from Pulitzer’s building.

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.

Stage Manager
Introduces Medda's act. 

The three nuns offer breakfast to the hungry newsies. Feel free to cast additional nuns.

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

A newspaper customer. 

Mr. Jacobi
Allows the newsies to congregate in his restaurant to plan their strike – when he doesn’t have any paying customers, that is.

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

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.

Gender: Male
Age: 50 to 65


As part of our mission to keep arts affordable , the cost for this youth theater program is only $100 (comparable to $300+ on average) . If the cost is not possible for your family we offer partial and full scholarships. We charge because we must in order to help pay the expences of th show. However, we want everyone who wants to participate to have that opportunity so please contact us if a scholarship is needed.

Audition Location

All auditions take place at the WACA Center for the Arts unless otherwise noted. 

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