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NEWSIES Runs Aug. 20-29

Aug. 20-29
Caesar Ford Amphitheatre [Xenia]

Directed by Richard Lee Waldeck
Assistant director Emily Kallenberg
Vocal & music direction by Sarah Plaugher
Choreographed by Kara Castle

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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). It features the now classic songs Carrying the Banner, Seize the Day, and Santa Fe.

  • Thu-Fri, Aug. 20-21 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Aug. 22 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu-Fri, Aug. 27 & 28* at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Aug. 29 at 2pm & 7:30pm
    *Performance features understudies.

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2019-2020 Orchid Awards for INNOVAtheatre


  • Dan Hawkins & Denise Schnieders – Excellence in Lighting Design
  • Jeff Nieman & Cast – Excellence in Ensemble
  • Jeff Nieman – Excellence in Direction
  • Nicholas Dunker – Excellence in Acting in a Play
  • Stephanie Klein – Excellence in Acting in a Play
  • Maddy Weinkam – Excellence in Acting in a Play

QUILT, A Musical Celebration

  • Richard Lee Waldeck – Excellence in Sound Design
  • Richard Lee Waldeck – Excellence in Set Decor
  • The Cast of Quilt – Excellence in other (Quilt Panels)
  • Michael J. Schumacher & Richard Lee Waldeck – Excellence in Properties
  • Excellence in Pre-Show
  • Richard Lee Waldeck & Cast – Excellence in Ensemble
  • Brett Greenwood – Excellence in Musical Direction
  • Brett Greenwood – Excellence in Vocal Direction
  • Stephanie Klein & Susan Trissell – Excellence in Orchestral Performance
  • Richard Lee Waldeck & Cast – Excellence in Overall Production Quality
  • John Lawson – Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance
  • Jackie Pfeifer – Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance
  • Michael J. Schumacher – Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance
  • Tamar Fishbein – Excellence in Musical Theatre Performance

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Cast Announced for NEWSIES at INNOVAtheatre

INNOV_logoINNOVAtheatre is proud to announce the cast of NEWSIES! We are doing something special in this show and that is using Understudies. The Understudies are guaranteed one performance during the run of NEWSIES. We had such a huge turnout for this production and the auditions were phenomenal. We hope to see you as the curtain goes up in August. Stay tuned for more details!

Cast List

  • Tanner Brown as Jack Kelly
  • Lily Newman as Katherine Plummer
  • Mackenzie Fox as Medda Larkin / Katherine US
  • Brady Oder as Crutchie / Jack US
  • Desmond Kingston as Davey/Crutchie US
  • Bradley Scearce as Nunzio, Guard, Policeman, Roosevelt / Davey US
  • Neve Barker as Spot Conlon & Bowery Beauty
  • Ben Wood as Joseph Pulitzer
  • Joel Wydman as Oscar Delancey
  • Ashley Ortel as Newsie, Bowery Beauty, Nun/Medda Larkin US
  • Lucas Koerner as Morris Delancey & Mayor
  • Raegan Rigmaiden as Hannah, Bowery Beauty & Newsie
  • Bethany Scearce as Newsie, Bowery Beauty, Nun/Hannah US
  • Brielle Ruggs as Ms. Jacobi, Bowery Beauty, Scab & Newsie
  • Courtney Collinsworth as Tommy Boy, Bowery Beauty, Nun
  • Mallory Branek as Weisel, Bowery Beauty & Newsie
  • Parker Kaibas as Bunsen/Newsie
  • Diana Galbraith as Snyder/Newsie
  • Lily Meyers as Seitz/Newsie
  • Annelise Sikora as Darcy, Newsie
  • Casey Weckstein as “Wil” Wilhemina, Newsie Ensemble
  • Alex Heid as Specs
  • Reese Hornick as Sniper
  • Caroline Kaibas as Buttons
  • Cooper Schairbaum as Les
  • Cassidy Jackson as Elmer
  • Abriella Ruby as Jo Jo
  • Molly Wade as Finch
  • Avi Gilbert as Romeo
  • Ava Newkirk as Race
  • Graycen Helm as Ike
  • Griffin Greear as Mike
  • Vaughn Brodowski as Mush
  • Benjamin Jones as Albert
  • Matthew Wood as Henry
  • Chava Gilbert as Newsie Ensemble
  • Zeke Gilbert as Newsie Ensemble
  • Maria Greely as Newsie Ensemble
  • Millie Sikora as Newsie Ensemble
  • Jacob Martins as Newsie Ensemble
  • Jaxon Heritage as Newsie Ensemble
  • Taren Prinz as Newsie Ensemble
  • Evangelina Helm as Newsie Ensemble
  • Lily Brackney-Brown as Newsie Ensemble, Bowery Beauty, Nun
  • Joy Wood as Newsie Ensemble, Bowery Beauty
  • Hannah Collinsworth as Newsie Ensemble, Bowery Beauty
  • Jaslove Wood as Newsie Ensemble, Bowery Beauty
  • Colleen Sableski as Newsie Ensemble, Bowery Beauty
  • Sarah George as Newsie Ensemble, Bowery Beauty
  • Amelia Wiggershaus as Newsie Ensemble, Bowery Beauty
  • Sam Proctor as Feat. Dancer, Newsie, Bow. Beauty, Photographer
  • Nora Scarbro as Scab, Newsie Ensemble, Nun
  • Audrey Howe as Newsie Ensemble, Nun
  • Natalie Wourms as Bowery Beauty, Customer, Nun & Newsie

Directed by Richard Lee Waldeck with vocal & music direction by Sarah Plaugher and choreographed by Kara Castle.

Performances run Aug. 20-29.

For more information visit www.innovatheatre.com.

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Auditions Announced for NEWSIES at INNOVAtheatre

INNOV_logoINNOVAtheatre is excited to announce that the auditions for NEWSIES are now open and are being done virtually. We know most (not all) summer theatre groups have cancelled their productions and we wanted to still give the kids who have lost their spring musicals or summer arts programming a chance to still shine.

Auditions are available for children ages 5 – 19. Rehearsals will begin June 1st and performances will be August 20-29.

Deadline to submit is May 3.

If you would like more information please visit our website at www.INNOVAtheatre.com/auditions you will find the song tracks, sheet music and rehearsal tracks for each character in the show. You will also find the dance audition video. At the top of the page you will also find the audition form and rehearsal conflict calendar. Everything you need in one easy location.

If you have any questions please feel free to email the director at RichardLeeWaldeck@INNOVAtheatre.com or if you want to ask a specific question to one of the staff, you can email them at Auditions@INNOVAtheatre.com.

To submit your audition materials just click the submit button next to the character materials on the webpage. Show us what you’ve got and Seize the Day!!!!!!

Below are the character descriptions.

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 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.
    Gender: Male
    Vocal range top: A4
    Vocal range bottom: Bb2
  • Crutchie
    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.
    Gender: Any
    Vocal range top: A4
    Vocal range bottom: C3
  • Davey
    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.
    Gender: Male
    Vocal range top: A4
    Vocal range bottom: D3
  • Les
    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.
    Gender: Male
    Vocal range top: Bb3
    Vocal range bottom: Db3
  • Newsies
    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.
    Gender: Male
    Three newsies who are hesitant to join the strike.
    Gender: Any
  • Spot Conlon
    The proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an intimidating reputation and a short singing solo in “Brooklyn’s Here.”
    Gender: Any
  • 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, she boldly 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.
    Gender: Female
    Vocal range top: F5
    Vocal range bottom: A3
  • Darcy
    The upper-class kid of a publisher who sides with the newsies. Can double as a newsie.
    Gender: Any
  • Bill
    The son of William Randolph Hearst who joins the newsies’ cause. Can double as a newsie.
    Gender: Male
  • Wiesel
    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.
    Gender: Male
  • 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.
    Gender: Male
  • Goons
    Assist the Delanceys in roughing up the newsies at the end of Act One.
    Gender: Male
  • 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.
    Gender: Male
    Vocal range top: F4
    Vocal range bottom: C3
  • Seitz
    Editor, advises Pulitzer, but ultimately admires the kids’ newspaper.
    Gender: Any
  • Bunsen
    Pulitzer’s bookkeeper, comes up with the ideas to raise the newsies’ price per paper.
    Gender: Any
  • Hannah
    Pulitzer’s practical and insightful secretary.
    Gender: Female
  • Nunzio
    Pulitzer’s barber.
    Gender: Male
  • Guard
    The Guard removes the newsies from Pulitzer’s building.
    Gender: Any
  • Snyder
    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.
    Gender: Any
  • Medda Larkin
    Inspired 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.
    Gender: Female
    Vocal range top: E5
    Vocal range bottom: F3
  • The Bowery Beauties
    Female performers at Medda’s Theater.
    Gender: Female
  • Stage Manager
    Introduces Medda’s act.
    Gender: Any
  • Nuns
    The three nuns offer breakfast to the hungry newsies. Feel free to cast additional nuns.
    Gender: Female
  • Photographer
    Takes the triumphant photo of the newsies at the end of “Seize the Day.”
    Gender: Any
  • Woman
    A newspaper customer.
    Gender: Any
  • Mr. Jacobi
    Allows the newsies to congregate in his restaurant to plan their strike – when he doesn’t have any paying customers, that is.
    Gender: Any
  • Policemen
    Assist Snyder and turn against the newsies in the fight that concludes Act One.
    Gender: Male
  • Mayor
    The Mayor of New York City rebuffs Pulitzer’s attempts to shut down the newsies’ strike.
    Gender: Male
  • Governor Teddy Roosevelt
    A well-respected lifelong public servant, inspires Jack to stand up to Pulitzer.
    Gender: Male
  • Ensemble
    In the original Broadway production, the adult (non-newsie) ensemble comprised eight actors who doubled and understudied as indicated below. All other featured roles and understudies were cast from the ensemble of newsies. We may follow these tracks depending on audition turnout.

    • FEMALE ENSEMBLE 1 – Nun / Hannah / Bowery Beauty / Katherine understudy
    • FEMALE ENSEMBLE 2 – Nun / Woman / Bowery Beauty / Medda understudy
    • FEMALE ENSEMBLE 3 – Nun / Medda Larkin
    • MALE ENSEMBLE 1 – Wiesel / Stage Manager / Mr. Jacobi / Mayor / Pulitzer understudy
    • MALE ENSEMBLE 2 – Seitz / Roosevelt understudy
    • MALE ENSEMBLE 3 – Bunsen / Male Ensemble 1 understudy
    • MALE ENSEMBLE 4 – Nunzio / Guard / Policeman / Roosevelt
    • MALE ENSEMBLE 5 – Snyder / Pulitzer understudy
      Gender: Any

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2020-2021 Season Announced by INNOVAtheatre

INNOV_logoIn light of the current situation we are very excited to announce our 2020/2021 Season.

NEWSIES – August/September 2020
Directed by: Richard Lee Waldeck
Choreography by: Kara Castle
*Our Season Extra, performed exclusively by our NEW Children & Youth Theatre Program. Performances will be held in Dayton, Ohio.

DOG SEES GOD – December 2020
Directed by: Thomas Cole Schreier
Stage Managed by: Janelle Chamness
Perfromances will be in Dayton, Ohio

DADDY LONG LEGS – February/March 2021
Directed by: Jacqlyn Schott
Performances will be in Cincinnati, Ohio

Directed by Adrianna Marie
Stage Managed by: Alex Cumbow
Performances will be in Cincinnati, Ohio

Directed by: Richard Lee Waldeck
Choreography by: Darnell Hunter
*This is our combined Cincinnati/Dayton production.
Location TBD

Season tickets go on sale soon. We can’t wait to share this exciting season with you!

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