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  • 1.  Newsies

    Posted 28 days ago
    OK - so I posted earlier this week about an all or mostly female cast of "1776." Still like the idea, but not sure my kids or community are ready for that. They like popular, broad, recent titles.

    But what about the same approach to "Newsies"? That also has a lot of guys I don't have, but maybe with girls we could pull it off. Thoughts? Anyone try this? Does the script/music lend itself to gender neutral casting? Going to get a perusal but interested in feedback. Thanks :)

    Steven Couch
    Madison High School

  • 2.  RE: Newsies

    Posted 27 days ago
    Good morning! Our Spring 2020 Show (which became our fall 2020 show!) was Newsies. We had a mostly female cast. Our Jack, Davey and Les were all males. As was Race. However, the rest were all female characters. And it worked just fine. We had a few other boys in the chorus, but the majority were females. We had a dance cast who did the major choreography we planned. Even the Delancy brothers were female cast. I feel like a lot of schools have done Newsies and it's been the same.

    Nicole Weaver
    Faculty, Club Advisor
    Twin Valley High School

  • 3.  RE: Newsies

    Posted 27 days ago
    You can download the production guide for Newsies from the MTI website.  It breaks down which roles can be played by girls playing boys and which traditionally male roles can be swapped to be female characters. You definitely still have to have a handful of really good boys.

  • 4.  RE: Newsies

    Posted 3 hours ago
    We did Newsies this year and I found it to be incredibly flexible. Our department has mostly females. Our Race, Les, Mayor, Wiesel and other featured newsies were all played by females. In total, we had 6 guys, definitely doable. Anyone with long hair in the cast did two French braids back in order to keep their hats on! I honestly think this musical is less about the gender playing them but more about the story you are sharing!

    Alexis Jenofsky