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The Rose Theater
2001 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68102
(402) 345-4849



Step into the spotlight at The Rose

The Rose encourages actors of all races, ages, types and skill sets to audition for its mainstage shows. Adult and youth artists have a great time working together to produce shows at The Rose.

At the same time, being a part of a mainstage show is a big commitment, not only for the performer but for their family. Rehearsals are as frequent as six days per week and often run late into the evening. The result is a high-quality performance and memories that will last long after the spotlight has dimmed.

Auditions are held on a regular basis throughout the season. For more information on mainstage auditions, please contact

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The Rose Theater actively recruits and seeks performers of color for all casting, recognizing the value and importance of reflecting the diversity of our audience on stage as much as possible. As one of the largest children’s theater companies in the United States, The Rose is committed to enriching the lives of children and families through live theater and arts education.

The Rose To Host Auditions On December 13 and 14, 2017 For Its Production of “Disney’s Newsies”

(Omaha, NE) The Rose Theater will host an audition for adult and youth roles in its 2018 production of “Disney’s Newsies” on Wednesday, December 13 and Thursday, December 14.

Actors between the ages of 10-25 years old should sign up for an audition time on December 13 beginning at 5PM at the following website:

Actors over 25 years of age should sign up for an audition time on December 14 beginning at 5PM at the following website:

The audition will consist of a tap dance, a jazz dance, and a vocal audition consisting of at least 16 bars of a contemporary musical theater song.

Callbacks will begin at 7PM on December 14 for all roles in the show.

Actors of all types are welcome to audition and must come to The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam Street. Minority actors are wanted for lead roles. While only a few roles in this show do not require extensive dance training, all auditionees should be prepared to complete a dance audition.

“Disney’s Newsies” actors must be available for weeknight and weekend rehearsals and performances from April 24 through June 17, 2018.  This is a paid position for adult actors. Minority actors are highly encouraged to audition.

Major roles will be open to actors of all genders and ages for this production.

Email with any questions.


About Disney’s Newsies

Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack and his fellow newsies take action. With help from the intrepid reporter Katherine Plumber, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of young people.

From the award winning minds of Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) and four-time Tony® Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Kinky Boots), you’ll be singing along to the hit songs “King of New York”, “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe.”

The show will be directed by guest director Jerry Jay Cranford. ​​A professional actor, singer and dancer, Cranford has performed on Broadway (Les Miserables), international and national tours (Les MiserablesEvita European Company as featured dancer, Singing in the Rain as Don, Anything Goes as Billy), regional stages, television and spent 3 years as the Genie in Disneyland’s stage musical Aladdin.  While at Disney, he served as a clinician teaching workshops in music history, music theory and improvisation.  He has also performed as a principal with the acclaimed Kansas City Lyric Opera in their production of Turandot.  In 2013, the MUNY Theatre of St. Louis hired Jay as dance captain to aid in staging their production of Les Miserables and perform in Shrek the Musical working with Broadway stars John Tartaglia, Julia Murney, Norm Lewis, Hugh Panaro and the producer Mike Isaacson, 2015 Tony Award Winner for the musical FunHome.  He has served as director/choreographer for the world premiere of Madagascar: A Musical Adventure and A Year with Frog and Toad at the Coterie Theatre named one of the countries top five children’s theaters by Time magazine, the regional premiere of Everyday Rapture working with original star Sherie Renee Scott and librettist Dick Scanlan, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Les Miserables for the Merry Go Round Theater in New York, Aladdin and Peter Cottontail III for Kansas City Starlight Theatre at the Kauffman Performing Art Center and received an Ovation Nomination in Vancouver, BC for his production of The Marvelous Wonderettes.  Most recently, he performed as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and as Gomez in The Addams Family for The New Theatre.  He looks forward to portraying John Wilkes Booth in Assassins for Spinning Tree in 2017 and has been a proud member of Actors Equity for 25 years.




  • Katherine Plumber
    A feisty young reporter. Gender: Female. Age: 17 to 20
  • Medda Larkin, Nun
    A vaudeville star, owns her own theater.  Gender: Female. Age: 25 to 45
  • Bowery Beauty, Nun, Newsie
    Showgirls at Medda’s theater.  Gender: Female. Age: 18 to 30
  • Hannah, Nun, Bowery Beauty (possible Newsie)
    Pulitzer’s secretary. Gender: Female. Age: 20 to 40



  • Jack Kelly
    Leader of the Newsies. Gender: Male. Age: 16 to 20
  • Crutchie
    A Newsie with a bum leg. Gender: Male. Age: 13 to 17
  • Joseph Pulitzer
    Publisher of The World, a no-nonsense businessman. Gender: Male. Age: 35 to 50
  • Davey
    A new Newsie, more bookish than Jack. Gender: Male. Age: 15 to 20
  • Les
    Davey’s fearless younger brother. Gender: Male. Age: 10 to 15
  • Wiesel
    Runs the distribution window of The World. Gender: Male. Age: 35 to 50
  • Jacobi
    Owner of the deli. Gender: Male. Age: 35 to 55
  • Mayor
    The Mayor of New York City. Gender: Male. Age: 45 to 60
  • Seitz
    Pulitzer’s editor.
  • Snyder
    Warden of The Refuge; a frightening, spidery and sinister man. Gender: Male. Age: 45 to 65
  • Bunsen
    Pulitzer’s bookkeeper. Gender: Male. Age: 35 to 50
  • Stage Manager
    A stage manager at Medda Larkin’s theater. Gender: Male. Age: 25 to 55
  • Nunzio
    A barber. Gender: Male. Age: 30 to 50
  • Governor Teddy Roosevelt
    Governor Teddy Roosevelt. Gender: Male. Age: 50 to 65



  • Spot Conlon, Newsie
    Leader of the Brooklyn Newsies. Gender: Male. Age: 17 to 20
  • Race
    A Newsie with a penchant for betting. Gender: Male. Age: 13 to 20
  • Albert
    A Newsie. Gender: Male. Age: 10 to 20
  • Specs
    A Newsie. Gender: Male. Age: 10 to 20
  • Bill
    The son of William Randolph Hearst. Gender: Male. Age: 17 to 25
  • Henry & Finch
    Newsies. Gender: Male Age: 10 to 20
  • Elmer & Mush
    Newsies. Gender: Male Age: 10 to 20
  • Romeo
    A Newsie. Gender: Male. Age: 10 to 20
  • Darcy, Newsie
    Upper-class son of a publisher. Gender: Male. Age: 20 to 25
  • Morris Delancey, Newsie
    Heavy at The World’s distribution window. Gender: Male. Age: 15 to 20
  • Oscar Delancey, Newsie
    Morris’s equally tough brother. Gender: Male. Age: 15 to 21

To ask any questions regarding auditions, email Please allow 24 hours for a response.



Preparing for an Audition

Every audition is different. Please read the audition announcement for specific information regarding:

  • Show title, director, available roles and contact information
  • The age range of actors we are looking for
  • Audition requirements
  • Audition, rehearsal and performance dates

Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely. If applicable, we will indicate the need for specific dance wear in the audition announcement.

If you have known rehearsal conflicts, please bring conflicting dates and times with you to auditions. Offers may be withdrawn for students who have more conflicts than those listed at the time of audition.

Actors under age 18 must have an adult wait with them during the audition process. The Rose Theater is unable to provide supervision.

Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the audition to complete paperwork. Auditions may last several hours, so be prepared to wait. Auditions are designed to closely approximate rehearsal conditions, therefore, parents are not allowed to view their student artist’s auditions.

Bring a headshot and resume, if available.

If the audition is for a musical:

  • Come prepared to sing 16-24 measures from a song that highlights your voice. The song does not need to be from the musical you are auditioning for.
  • A pianist will be available. Bring sheet music.
  • You may sing a capella (without accompaniment) but this highly discouraged, as it does not allow us to make an accurate judgment on how well you follow live accompaniment.

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A note about younger children: The minimum age to audition for a show at The Rose is age 8. We are sometimes asked about children under 8 years old who want to audition. We are thrilled that your child has shown an interest in performing, but due to rigorous rehearsal and performance schedules, we ask that young children wait until they are older to audition for our mainstage shows. We encourage younger children to participate in one of our production camps, which have more opportunities for budding young artists and child-friendly rehearsal and performance times.

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The Audition

Depending on what the audition announcement asks you to prepare, we will likely ask for one or more of the following:

  • Read directly from the show’s script
  • Perform a monologue
  • Perform a song
  • Be taught a dance combination as part of a group

In the audition room, actors will perform for the show’s director and, if applicable, an accompanist and music director.

Some actors will be released without being asked to stay and dance (if the show is a musical). This does not mean they will not be cast.

Nerves are a natural part of performing. We encourage student actors to accept that. We want young artists to learn from every experience at The Rose, including auditions. We always give students the chance to try again if they “mess up,” easing the pressure and stress.

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After Auditioning

Callbacks are follow-up auditions that help directors make final casting decisions. If you or your child is called back, a member of the production team will call or email with an invitation prior to the scheduled callback date, which is listed on the audition announcement. Getting a callback does not mean that you have been cast in the show.

Not everyone will be called back. You will usually know within a few days if you have been called back for a particular show. If a student actor is not called back, it is appropriate to discuss with your student the fact that they will likely not be asked to participate in the show. We do not always call or write to let you know that actors have not been cast.

If an actor is called back, it may take us up to two weeks to complete casting decisions. This is the timeframe within which you will know a final answer about casting.

If you indicate on your audition form that you would like audition feedback, kindly give us up to three weeks to respond before asking for that feedback.

If you are not cast in a production, you may still have had a very successful audition — we might have been looking for a different kind of performer for a particular role. Often times, great actors are not cast because they are just not what a director envisioned for a specific role. We encourage you to keep trying!

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Youth Audition Opportunities

Teens ‘N’ Theater

Teens who have not yet graduated from high school are welcome to audition for roles in Teens ‘N’ Theater shows. Audition dates and times are subject to change. While changes are rare, we encourage you to check the website regularly. For more information about Teens ‘N’ Theater auditions, please contact Stephanie Jacobson at (402) 502-4647.

The Rose Brigade

The Rose Brigade is an elite group of musical theater performers, who perform pre-shows before select mainstage productions and, in some cases, participate in local and regional competitions.

Auditions for The Rose Brigade are open to singers and dancers ages 8 to 18. All students accepted to The Rose Brigade must enroll in required classes and attend all rehearsals. All members are responsible for student fees and potential travel fees.

For more information on The Rose Brigade, click here or contact the Class Coordinator at (402) 502-4617.

The Dance Lab at The Rose (TDL)

The Dance Lab at The Rose dancers are selected by audition to represent The Rose in local and regional dance competitions and to perform within the community. Some competition pieces are even set by national choreographers.

Auditions for are open to dancers between the ages of 5 and 18. Please note that all members are financially responsible for costumes, competition fees and potential travel fees. For more information, click here.

In addition to weekly TDL rehearsals, members are required to take a number of designated ballet, jazz and tap classes per week.

For more information, contact Sue Gillespie Booton at (402) 502-4633.

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