Local playwright and screenwriter, Eric Coble is a member of the Playwrights' Unit of the Cleveland Play House. Eric Coble was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and raised on the Navajo and Ute reservations in New Mexico and Colorado.

THE STORY: How far would you go for your child? For Genevra and Joshua Bradley, the question is no longer hypothetical. Their three-year-old son, Mac, is next on the waiting list to get into the Bright Ideas Early Childhood Development Academy—and everyone knows once you're in there, your life will unfold with glorious ease. Josh and Gen have had to scramble all their lives to get this far…and now they are one fatal dinner party away from the ultimate success as parents: The Right Pre-School. You may never look at pre-school—or pesto—the same way again… "Eric Coble's deliciously black comedy benefits from hilariously funny, psychologically astute portraits…the near-surreal spoof hits home with rib-tickling acuity…" —NY Times. "Funnier than anything on Broadway!" —NY Post. "A tidy little gem of comic insanity." —Variety. "A tour de force with physical and verbal comedy to spare." —The New Yorker. "A comedy that is, of all things, genuinely funny." —NY Newsday. "Wickedly funny." —

Written by Eric Coble Directed by Kevin Kelly

Performance dates:

  • 2019-02-09 00:30:00.0
  • 2019-02-10 00:30:00.0
  • 2019-02-10 19:00:00.0
  • 2019-02-16 00:30:00.0
  • 2019-02-17 00:30:00.0
  • 2019-02-17 19:00:00.0


  Audition Now!

Auditions begin 2018-12-16 21:00:00.0!

ALL ROLES AVAILABLE!! The Brecksville Theatre does not pre-cast without prior announcement.

Rehearsals: Regular Rehearsals will start January 15th Rehearsals will be held based on actor availability. 4-5 days a week expected. Monday-Thursday, most Sunday afternoons. No conflicts will be accepted for any performance dates or during tech week.

Show Information: 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! Newsies is packed with non stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.

Casting Requirements Looking for a Large Diverse cast, All Races,Genders, and Ethnicities will be considered for most parts. This includes 9 featured roles, and a diverse ensemble that often doubles/triples characters throughout the show. PLEASE NOTE THE ENSEMBLE BREAKDOWN FOR CHARACTER LISTING ON SMALLER, FEATURED ROLES (We will adhere to that casting list as closely as possible for ensemble)

Jack Kelly - The charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies, is an oprhaned 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. 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.
Gender: Both 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. 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. Les is an intuitive salesboy and a pint-sized charmer. Gender: Male Age: 10 to 15 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 Age: Varies

Scabs - Three newsies who are hesitant to join the strike. Gender: Both

Spot Conlon- The proud leader of the Brooklyn newsies, boasts an intimidating reputation and a short singing solo in “Brooklyn’s Here.” Gender: Both

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 resourcesful, she boldy captures the voice of a new generation rising in her coverage of the newsies’ strike. 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

Written by Book by Harvey Fierstein Lyrics by Lyrics by Jack Feldman Music by Music by Alan Menken Directed by Questions? Contact the director, Kristin Netzband -

Performance dates:

  • 2019-03-29 23:30:00.0
  • 2019-03-30 23:30:00.0
  • 2019-04-05 23:30:00.0
  • 2019-04-06 23:30:00.0
  • 2019-04-07 18:00:00.0
  • 2019-04-12 23:30:00.0
  • 2019-04-13 23:30:00.0
  • 2019-04-14 18:00:00.0
Audition Information

* Auditions end 2018-12-20 23:30:00.0