audition info




upcoming auditions


Mainstage Musical

Directed by Brittany Covert
Music Directed by Cody Ricks
Choreography by Priscilla Ervin
Auditions: Sunday Oct 24
Performances Feb 12-28

More information regarding auditions will be posted by October 8. You will be assigned a specific audition time a few days prior to auditions based on sign-ups. Everyone over 12 will be asked to show proof of vaccination at time of audition.

Rehearsals will begin in November and will take time off for Thanksgiving and Christmas break (Dec 16- Jan 5)

Dance Team: There will be a dance team for this show (no singing) that will dance in each big choreographed number, which will rehearse approximately 1-2 times a week.

Youth Ensemble: There will be a child’s ensemble for children under 14 who do not get main newsie roles. These youth will be the sweatshop kids and will only be in the final 3 numbers of the show. Rehearsals for this group will be limited and may not start until the new year.

Non-Singing Roles: There are a number of non-singing and non-dancing roles, for actors primarily interested in plays.

We are offering a 3-week Dance Intensive taught by Newsies choreographer to help prepare for the audition, if you wish to sign up. Classes will be Sundays and Thursdays 6:30-7:15. October 3-21

For more info or to register for that class visit:

Please email with any questions.

Jack Kelly (male 18-25) leader of the newsies, strong singer

Crutchie (male or female 15-21) kindhearted, loveable, must be able to physically use crutch

Davey (male 18-25) new, bookish newsie

Les (male of female 9-14) must play 10, strong personality and dancer

Katherine (female 18-25) ambitious reporter, strong singer, strong dancer

Joseph Pulitzer (male, 45+) no-nonsense publisher, singing role, no dancing

Medda Larkin (POC, 25-50) vaudeville star and theatre owner, must have improv repartee with audience

Newsies: (male and female ages 14-22) Race, Albert, Specs, Henry, Finch, Romeo, Elmer, Mush, Buttons, Splasher, Tommy, Boy, Jo Jo, Mike Ike, Scabs, Spot Conlon

Bowery Beauties: (female 18-25) will also double as Newsies

Wiesel (male, non dancing, non singing) runs the World's distribution window

Delancey Brothers (male, non-dancing, non-singing) will have fight choreography

Hannah (female 30+) Pulitzer's secretary ,singing role

Seitz (male or female 35+) Pultizer's editor, singing role

Snyder: (male 40+) non-singing, warden of the refuge

Teddy Roosevelt (male 40+) non-singing, only in end of show

Adult Ensemble:  there are roles for both singing and non-singing actors

Children's Ensemble: Sweatshop kids and will only be in the final 3 numbers of the show. Rehearsals for this group will be limited and may not start until the new year.

Dance Team: There will be an elite dance team for this show (no singing) that will dance in each big choreographed number.

Audition information

Auditions are held at Muncie Civic Theatre located 216 E. Main St, Downtown Muncie, Ind. unless otherwise noted above.

If you have any more questions, please email us at

  • You will be asked to read from the script. Non-musical productions will either provide sides from the script or ask you to prepare a monologue, do not prepare anything unless it is stated. 
  • For musicals you will be audition with music from the show usually posted online 2 weeks prior to show. Do not prepare anything else unless it is stated to do so.
  • Wear comfortable clothes. We encourage you to look your best, but also come prepared for some dance or movement exercises for bigger dance musical auditions (not all shows have dance portions).
  • Call Backs will be scheduled for later in the afternoon or the next day. Using the email address you will provide in your audition form or with a physical posted list, we will contact you for your callback. Just because you’re not on the callback list does not mean you are not in the show.
  • Character Breakdowns are listed above for each show. There is some flexibility in requirements within reason (such as age) and some are non-negotiable, so please plan accordingly. You have the ability to indicate which role you are interested in on your audition form, along with whether or not you would accept an ensemble role. Please be honest in your willingness to participate, as this helps the casting process go more smoothly.
  •  Get your calendar out – you need to share your rehearsal conflicts. Every rehearsal is important and while every actor may not be called in for every rehearsal, when you are needed, you are needed! The fewer you have the better, but above all, be honest when filling out the audition form and listing any conflicts you might have.

Rehearsals are typically Sunday – Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, beginning the week after auditions.

Mainstage Shows typically run for three weekends (with some exceptions) including a week of technical rehearsals prior. You must be available for all of the show/tech dates. Check the website for all performance dates to make sure you are available before you sign up to audition.

Anyone who has signed up to audition will receive an email notice the first business day after auditions with the full cast list.

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