JULY 14-17, 2022

When powerful newspaper publishers raise prices at the newsboys' expense, the charismatic Jack Kelly rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions. Together, the newsies learn that they are stronger united and create a movement to fight for what's right.


Including the now-classic songs "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day," and "Santa Fe," Newsies JR. is a timeless story full of spirit and heart.

Directed by Ashley McCormack

Choreography by Brooke Jerome

Vocal Direction by Justin Wadkins


WHEN: Saturday, April 2. We will begin with a Group Dance Call at 2:00 pm, followed by individual vocal auditions at 3:00 pm. Link to register is listed below. An Audition Workshop will be held on Friday, April 1, from 6:00-8:00pm. Click here for details.

Callbacks will be held by invitation only on April 2 at 7pm.

WHERE: Maples Memorial United Methodist Church

             8745 Goodman Road

             Olive Branch, MS 38654

WHO: Kids ages 7-18. Casting all roles in Disney's Newsies, JR.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Prepare a 32 bar cut (60-90 seconds) from a song in the show. Accompaniment tracks without vocals will be provided. You must sing from the show. Click here for reference tracks. 

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring an 8x10 headshot and resume stapled. If you do not have an 8x10 headshot, please bring a recent photo. Bring a completed audition form as well as the tentative rehearsal schedule (both listed below) detailing any and all conflicts with the rehearsal schedule.

If cast in this production, all cast members are required to pay a $50 Participation Fee.


Rehearsals begin May. Please see a tentative rehearsal schedule below.

Call 662-280-6546 for more information about the show. ​

If you cannot attend auditions and would like to submit a video, please email companymanagerdft@gmail.com to receive video audition materials.

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. Fiercely protective of his best friend, Crutchie, and very loyal, Jack isn’t afraid to use his voice to attain better conditions for the working kids of New York City. Must command the stage with ease, posses strong vocal ability, and exude Jack’s tough-guy exterior and his big heart.

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, and resourceful, Katherine should be a strong singer with excellent diction for her showstopping number, “Watch What Happens.”


Jack’s best friend and a dedicated newsie with a “bum leg” from polio that causes pain, but helps sell more papes. Walking with the assistance of a crutch doesn’t define the ever-positive newsie. Actor must portray Casey’s goofy-sweet sense of humor and optimistic resilience.


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’s cheeky younger sibling, is excited by the newsies’ freedom and loves their independent lifestyle. Pint-sized charmer. 

Medda Larkin

A big-voiced singer and star of the Bowery. A proud supporter of the newsies, she offers her theater as a safe haven for their revolution. Must portray this astute entertainer with great comic delivery, while standing firmly behind the newsies in their fight for justice.

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. 


Aka “Weasel”. A disgruntled paper-pusher who uses the Delancey brothers as his muscle, runs distribution for the World and has little patience or sympathy for the newsies. Might be a part of the Newsies Ensemble.


The hard-working kids of New York City who go on strike for a livable wage. Some characters will double as newsies to help fill in the musical numbers. Featured Newsies include: Race, Albert, Muriel, Nancy, Specs, Pigtails, Hazel, Buttons, Tommy Boy, Romeo, Jo Jo, Scabs, Brooklyn Newsies, Spot Conlon


A photographer who works with Katherine.


Katherine’s upperclass friend whose parents own the New York Tribune and help the newsies print the Newsies Banner.


Katherine’s upperclass friend whose parents own the New York Journal and help the newsies print the Newsies Banner.

Working Children

Featured in “Once and For All,” they represent all of the other child laborers who receive the Newsies Banner and ultimately become a part of the children’s crusade.


The editor of the World who advises Pulitzer, but ultimately admires the kids’ newspaper.


Pulitzer’s bookkeeper who helps Pulitzer come up with the idea to raise the newsies’ price per paper.


Pulitzer’s secretary who is a clever advocate for the newsies.


The crooked warden of The Refuge. A filthy and horrible juvenile reformatory, is concerned only with catching enough kids to keep their government checks coming. 

Governor Teddy Roosevelt

A well-respected lifelong public servant who inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer. Must be able to portray the maturity and stature of this well-respected leader.

Bowery Brigade

Includes the roles of the upbeat and charming Ada, Olive, and Ethel. A group of vaudeville performers in Medda’s act.