Newsies the Musical

Disney’s Newsies, based on the 1992 motion picture, features a score by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by four-time Tony Award® winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy). While on Broadway, Newsies received 23 major theatrical nominations – including eight Tony Award® nods – and won Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Score and Choreography.

Newsies is inspired by the real-life “Newsboy Strike of 1899,” when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers. Timely and fresh, the ctionalized adaptation of Newsies addresses age-old themes of social injustice, exploitative labor practices and David-versus-Goliath struggles as the young learn to harness their power against a corrupt establishment. High-energy with non-stop thrills, the stage version introduces eight brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman while keeping many of the beloved songs from the lm, including “Carrying the Banner,”“Seize the Day,”“King of New York” and “Santa Fe.”

Auditions will be held at the StarStruck Rehearsal Studios: 42307 Osgood Road Unit L, Fremont, CA

Auditions: March 1 & 2, 2019

Callbacks: March 3, 4, & 5, 2019

Prepare: Please prepare a 1-2 minute song from a Broadway style musical. Pick a song that shows your range (vocal and emotional). Tell us a story through music. Bring sheet music with the piano accompaniment (right and left hands, be sure the notes are not cut off the page) two sided rather than one-sided music is much preferable, please. Place sheet music in a hard-back (not floppy) 3-ring binder. There will be a chance for you to go over your music with our Music Director at a “practice audition” the week before your audition time. The link to sign up for a practice time will be on your Audition Confirmation email. If you can’t make a practice time, there will be a few minutes for you to speak with the music director before the singing portion of the audition.

What to Bring: Dance shoes (or tennis shoes) including tap shoes, clothes you can move in, and all conflicts.

Ages: You must be 13-22 at the time of auditions. Ages outside of range must get special permission from the Director at

Dates: Rehearsals will be held at the StarStruck Studios and the performances will be held in the Dublin Center for the Performing Arts. Performances are July 20 – August 4, 2019

Conflicts: Please keep conflicts to a minimum. Conflicts will play a significant role in the casting of this show.

Rehearsals: Rehearsals will start on Monday, April 29, 2019. Typically, the schedule will be: Sundays @ 3-8/9p, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays @ 6/6:30-9p. A specific schedule will be given out after casting. Not everyone will be needed at every rehearsal.

Fees: Tuition Fees are $600; Costume Fees are $150. Limited scholarships are available, contact the StarStruck office for more information.

Any questions: Contact the StarStruck office at or 510-659-1319.


Family Commitment: StarStruck Theatre expects performer attendance at all scheduled rehearsals. We will provide a weekly schedule with specific call times, but performers must be prepared to rehearse up to four days each week. We also require each family to contribute a minimum of 20 volunteer hours over the course of the production. There will undoubtedly be personal, family, and school events that will need to be missed because of being cast in the show.

Important Dates:

  • 4/29: First Rehearsal
  • 4/29-7/5: Rehearsals
  • Sunday 5/5 @ 7pm: Mandatory Parent Meeting
  • 7/6-7/19: Mandatory Tech Rehearsals
  • Saturday 7/20: Opening Night
  • Sunday, 7/21: Performance
  • Friday, 7/26: Performance
  • Saturday, 7/27: Performance
  • Sunday, 7/28: Performance
  • Friday, 8/2: Performance
  • Saturday, 8/3: Performance
  • Sunday, 8/4: Closing/Strike

Sign up for an audition time and fill our Newsies Audition Form