Bloomington's Professional Theater Company

Bloomington's Professional Theater Company

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900 S Walnut St
Bloomington, IN 47401
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Disney’s Newsies

Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Jack Feldman, Book by Harvey Fierstein 
Based on the Disney Film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White


The team behind last year’s hit Beauty and the Beast is thrilled to bring this toe-tapping musical to Bloomington this holiday season! 

Cardinal Stage will be holding an open call for local adults and child/teen actors for the holiday production of Disney’s NEWSIES on August 23rd and 24th, with callbacks scheduled for the 25th and 26th. Rehearsals are held evenings and weekends, and all actors must have daytime availability for matinees – full schedule will be provided at auditions. Child and Teen performers will be double cast and will split performance dates throughout the run. 

Disney’s Newsies

1st Rehearsal: November 12th 

Performances: December 11th-29 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Director: Kate Galvin

Choreographer: Dann Dunn

Musical Director: Hana J. Cai


Open Call for Adults (18+): Friday, August 23rd 1pm-8pm at Cardinal Stage (900 S. Walnut Street). Sign up for an audition slot here

Please prepare 2 contrasting 32-bar selections in the style of the show. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring hard copies of your headshot and resume, and be familiar with your November/December schedule so that you can inform us of any conflicts. 

*Dance call and callbacks for adult roles will be held on Sunday morning 8/25. Additional callbacks may be held on Monday evening 8/26 as needed. PLEASE NOTE BREAKDOWN BELOW – Not all adult roles require dance.


Open Call for Children/Teens (6-17): Saturday, August 24th 9am-1pm at First Christian Church (Washington and Kirkwood) Sign up for an audition slot here

Please come prepared to dance, wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Children will learn dances in groups and may be asked to sing after all dance auditions are complete. Please have 16 bars prepared to sing. Sheet music is required and an accompanist will be provided. 

Please bring a photo and resume listing performance experience, and be familiar with your November/December schedule so that you can inform us of any conflicts. 

*Callbacks for children and teens may be held on Sunday morning 8/25 or Monday evening 8/26, as necessary. 

Available Roles:

Young Adult Leads:

Jack Kelly – Early 20’s, Tenor. The charismatic leader of the Newsies, charming but also tough. Requires a powerful tenor voice, compelling stage presence and strong dancing. 

Crutchie – Late teens/early 20’s, Tenor. Jack’s best friend and the heart of the Newsies gang. Needs a crutch to get around but doesn’t let his disability get in his way. Singer who moves well. 

Davey – Late teens/early 20’s, Tenor. New to the newsboy game, due to family hardship. Smart and cautious, with an innate sense of justice. Singer who dances. 

Katherine Plumber – Early 20’s, Mezzo/Belter. Ambitious female journalist looking to make a name for herself. Requires a great voice, strong stage presence and strong dancing. 

Adult Leads: 

Joseph Pultizer – 40+, Baritone. The wealthy and powerful owner of The World newspaper, willing to do anything to save a penny. Cold and calculating, plays hardball. 

Medda Larkin – 40+, Alto/Belter. Owner and star of a vaudeville theater in the Bowery. Street wise and generous. Must have a great sense of humor and strong stage presence. 

Adult Ensemble Roles: 

Bowery Beauties (at least 2 tracks) – 20’s, female, any voice part. Dancers at Medda’s Theater, also play various ensemble roles and newsies. Tap experience a plus. 

Newsies (multiple tracks) – 20’s, male, any voice part. Featured singing/dancing/acting roles. Dancers with tap and acro experience a plus. 

Weisel – 30+, male, any voice part. A tough who runs Pultizer’s newspaper distribution depot. Plays other minor roles.

Governor Teddy Roosevelt – 40-50, male, any voice part. The ambitious governor of New York, soon to be President. Plays other minor roles.

1-2 Other minor roles for 40+ male actors, limited vocal requirements and no dancing. 

Child/Teen roles:

Les – 8-10 years old. Davey’s younger brother. Has a great sense of humor, not afraid of anything, lots of charm. 

Ensemble includes many other Newsies who will have opportunities for speaking/singing/dancing features. All genders/identities welcome, the Newsies ensemble will be of mixed age and gender. 



Cardinal Stage auditions local actors and visiting artists from around the country. If you would like to be included on the auditions email list, please sign up with your email address and we will forward audition notices.

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