CYT Chicago: Lake Presents...

Set in New York City circa 1899, 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! Join us for this fictional retelling of the historic first strike ever carried out by kids!

Dates / Times:

  • Friday, May 1st @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, May 2nd @ 6:00pm
  • Sunday, May 3rd @ 2:00pm
  • Friday, May 8th @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, May 9th @ 2:00pm
  • Sunday, May 10th @ 2:00pm

Ticket Prices:

* Prices may vary by performance.

All ticket sales are final.

Christian Arts Auditorium:

2500 Dowie Memorial Drive, Zion, IL 60099

Show Notes:

From the Directing Team:
To All Who Auditioned for Newsies,
We were blown away by the excellence we saw this weekend. As so many of you know, we are acutely aware of how emotionally taxing this weekend can be for both cast members and their loved ones. By simply showing up on Friday night, you exhibited courage and for that, you should be so proud.
As a team who have all spent time on the other side of the table both in and out of CYT, you have our blessing and our encouragement to feel your feelings and process them. We just encourage you to do so with kindness and respect for those around you. We’ve been praying for all of you.
For those we were unable to cast- thank you for kicking off your Spring with commitment and enthusiasm. You will be receiving some feedback in the coming weeks. We mean it when we say you are all welcome in any of our audition rooms again. We would love to work with you.
For those cast- Welcome. Despite the long weekend, the work has barely begun. (But the same goes for the fun!) We will see you next weekend for our first full cast rehearsal. We expect you on time and ready to create. We’ve got a big story to tell so please start circling it in prayer. Somebody needs to hear this one.
Welcome, Newsies! We’ve got a banner to carry.
Seizing the Day,
Ben, Alex, Mrs. Mayo, Anna, and Taylor

CYT - Chicago Lake County
Newsies Cast List

Jack Kelly - Cayden Loveless
Katherine Plumber - Bella Almeida
Crutchie - Russell Rawhoof   
Davey -  Christian Luvianos
Les - Audrey Brazda  
Joseph Pulitzer - Jeremy Podolske 
Medda Larkin - Faith Ricci 
Spot Conlon - Ryleigh Wido

Wiesel / Mayor / Jacobi - Luke Bruinius
Nunzio / Guard / Policeman - John Ricci  
Snyder / Photographer - Will Engelhardt
Theodore Roosevelt / Stage Manager / Police / Guard - Gideon Dew
Oscar Delancey / Darcy - Luc Rochelemagne   
Morris Delancey / Bill - Carter Losch
Lower Manhattan Newsies*
Race - Philip Kolterman    
Albert - Christopher Welsh   
Finch - Grace Kjeldbjerg
Romeo - Louie Perry
Specs -  Matthew Gattone
Elmer - Sophia Martinelli
Henry -  Aviya Wadsager
Mush -  Ellory Jezuit
Buttons -  Elizabeth Mrowiec
JoJo - Debbie Wells   
Tommy Boy - Julianna Bullock
Ava Bridleman
Sophia Griffith
Laura Gundlach
Juliana Lopez
Becca Mayo
Melody Mayo
Mackenzie Robson
Ryleigh Wido
Upper Manhattan Newsies*
Scab 1:  Abby Anderson
Scab 2:  Emma Aleckson
Scab 3: Grace Henningfield
Emma Dolin
Lilly Parrott
Colette Winandy
Brooklyn Newsies
Emily Finkbeiner
Rebecca Finkbeiner 
Abigail Greca
MacRae Jezuit
Nathan Kolterman
Liam Peterson
Siena Pietraszak
Jocelyn Sanders
Woodside Newsies 
(Also Bowery Beauties / Nuns) 

Ella Bruinius
Ally Crow
Paige Dolin
Allison Jones
Bailey Millimaki
Lena Perry
Kassie Sigafus
Jane Winberg
Richmond Newsies 
(Also Pulitzer Staff / Shoe Shiners) 

Seitz (Editor) -  Collin Engelhardt
Bunsen (Accountant)-  Francesca Rizzo
Hannah (Secretary) - Nora Glenn Lynch 
Meadow Clouse 
Jack Crow 
Finley Jezuit
Nico Lopez
Isaiah Mayo
Sienna Mendoza
Emmanuel Tezzo
Flushing Newsies
Justin Asmussen
Samantha Crow
Will Engelhardt
Kaitlyn Flynn
Mary Greca
Paige Hering
Addison Klein
Abigail Lindemann
Britta Lynch
Zane McArthur
Adam Paxton
Mira Peterson
Janelle Tezzo
Eliya Wadsager
Bronx Newsies
Aubrey Bongard
Lily Brazda
Charlotte Engel
Bethany Greca
Gabriella Grode
Brooklynne Petersen
Ayla Pietraszak
Katie Strelzyk
 *Denotes Tap    
***A callboard post will be posted by Tuesday with further information for cast and parents.  NOTE: Due to a funeral at Gurnee Community Church this weekned, the parent meeting will be on Friday night at GCC (7 pm new families, 8 pm veteran families).  Rehearsal Saturday will be at Bethel Church in Gurnee. Please check the callboard Tuesday for further information. Thank you!

Rehearsal location: Lake - Gurnee Community Church - 4555 Old Grand Avenue, Gurnee
Friday rehearsal time: 5:30-9 pm
Saturday rehearsal time: 9:30 am-2 pm
Rehearsal dates: February 28/29
March 6/7, 13/14, 20/21, 27/28
April 3/4, 17/18, 24/25
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