Making A Dramatic Difference

The CenterPoint Academy motto is “You Belong Here,” and nobody knows that better than the 716 people, ages 3-18, that we train in performing arts. What we really teach them, however, is how to be the awesomest version of themselves.

While the performing arts training we offer is top-notch, taught by the best local working artists, the end result for the vast majority of our students isn’t the Broadway stage.

Instead, we use the arts to teach lessons that matter in any facet of life – confidence, discipline, leadership, self-esteem, teamwork, friendship, and creativity. Our students learn these universally-relevant skills and become assets wherever they go – at school, at work, at church, and at home.

The Academy provides unique performance opportunities to these students on the CenterPoint Theatre stages, performing for more than 15,000 people per year, in over 125 performances of more than a dozen different shows.



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  • Reserved seating will be held until curtain after which alternate seating will be used.
  • Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.
  • Late-comers cannot be guaranteed seating.
  • No children under the age of 3 years may attend any production.
  • Please do not bring outside food or drink into the theater.
  • Please turn off all pagers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.
  • Box Office hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Restrooms are located on both floors on the east and west sides of the building.

Academy Directors – Danny & Wendy Inkley

Producer –  Jana Plowman

Director –  Megan Call

Music Director – Brooke Liljenquist

Choreographer – Dylan Watson

Production/Stage Manager – Sal Duncan

Assistant Stage Manager – Mady Cook

Technical Director –  Derek Walden

Sound Design –  Derek Walden

Lighting Design –  Jordan Fowler

Costume Design –  Michaela Gladwell

Assistant Costumer –  Sarah Burton

Set Design –  Josh Roberts, Danny Inkley, Jana Plowman

Set Construction -Truxton Moulton, Silas Stott

Scenic Charge Artist – Cynthia Klumpp

Scenic Painter – Janae Klumpp Gibb

Props Mistress/Set Dressing –  Marilyn Montgomery

Hair Design – Kristen Alley

Photographer – Micah Young



People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”


This quote by Teddy Roosevelt encompasses the story that is Newsies. Set in a period of history when only the most powerful or bossiest voices were heard, comes a rag-tag group of kids, who believe their voice matters just as much as those in power. 

As a cast and production team, we have had many discussions about the difference between a leader and a boss. These kids know their stuff and are very aware of the difference, and which they prefer. In theater we encourage leadership within the cast throughout the rehearsal process, not directing or bossing others, but encouraging, protecting, motivating, and assisting each other. To be able to stand on the sidelines and watch as each cast member has taken on the mantle of leadership has been inspiring. 

We hope you see their hard work, enjoy the dancing, are awed at the singing, are stunned by the performances, and have a fantastic time seeing this story told again or for the first time. However, if you only take away one message from this show, let it be that not only one voice can make a difference, but that one young voice can make a difference. The future is bright and these kids are going to change the world if we grown-ups will just let them.

Megan Call – Director

Song List

Scene 1: Newsie Square

Carrying the Banner – Newsies

Carrying the Banner (Reprise) – Newsies

Scene 2: Pulitzer’s Office

The Bottom Line – Pulitzer and his staff

Scene 3: Street

Scene 4: Medda’s Theater

Just a Pretty Face – Medda Larkin, Bowery Brigade

Scene 5: Newsie Square

The World Will Know – Jack, Newsies

Scene 6: Katherine’s Office

Watch What Happens – Katherine

Scene 7: Newsie Square, Next Morning

Seize the Day – Davey, Jack, Newsies

Santa Fe – Jack

Scene 8: The Refuge

Letter from The Refuge – Crutchie

Scene 9: Newsie Square

King of New York – Newsies, Katherine

Scene 10: Medda’s Theater

Scene 11: Pulitzer’s Office, Afternoon

Scene 12: Medda’s Theater

Brooklyn’s Here – Spot Conlon, Brooklyn Newsies, Newsies

Scene 13: Newsie Square / Cellar Door

Seize the Day (Reprise) – Newsies

Once and for All – Jack, Davey, Katherine, Les, Newsies, Working Children

Scene 14: Pulitzer’s Office

Scene 15: Newsie Square

Finale – Company

Character Session 4
Jack Kelly Landon Allen
Davey Sam Nelson
Crutchie Jensen Neal
Katherine Sarah Monson
Joseph Pulitzer Soren Campbell
Medda Larkin Ella Jensen
Les Milly Cook
Spot Conlon Monroe Ogzewalla
Teddy Roosevelt Sawyer Martin
Race Liv Larsen
Al Emily Cluff
Muriel Emery Hansen
Nancy Brighton Lowell
Specs Sam Larsen
Pigtails Eva Teitter
Hazel Si Si Abukar
Buttons Quinn Winzeler
Tommy Boy Kaitlyn Sorensen
Romeo Ben Albritton
Jo Jo Evalee Wallace
Morris Delancey Elsie Cottom
Oscar Delancey Hollis Jennings
Wiesel Ryker Gerrard
Bunsen Paisley Ariotti
Seitz Taylor White
Hannah Lila Bernales
Snyder Nathan Scott
Dorothy/Scab 1 Eliza Gramse
Bill/Scab 2 Crew Winegar
Pat/Scab 3 Berklee Ariotti
Ada Victoria Brewer
Olive Sienna Mann
Ethel Savannah Smith
Fran Sydney Gunn
Louise Avery Hammond
Doris Charlotte+A1:B37 Hale

The Academy Fan Club is our theatre guild.  It’s a group of grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and other Academy fans. It’s designed to take the incredible spirit of volunteerism and support here and to organize it in a more formal, effective way. The Fan Club supports the Academy with teaching, feeding, building, breaking down, costuming, propping, teaching, fundraising, and other cool things that make the Academy awesome.

Most of these Fan Club opportunities don’t take much time, but they make a real difference. You can see more about the Fan Club here:

Most importantly, WE LOVE GRANDPARENTS!!!

Grandparents are some of our biggest fans, and lots of our interest in even forming the Fan Club was to involve the grands.  We want to include as many of them as possible.

To get involved, you can sign up online at the link above. And if you have questions, feel free to email Margo Beecher at:

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CenterPoint Legacy Theatre 2021

CenterPoint Legacy Theatre announces auditions for ‘The Music Man’ on Saturday, January 4th.

Auditions will take place by appointment from 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon. The show runs March 13th through April 11th. Shelby Ferrin will direct, Aaron Ford will choreograph and Tara Wardle will music direct.

Bring any conflicts from January 6th through April 11th along with a headshot and resume to auditions. Callbacks are scheduled for Tuesday, January 7th and Wednesday, January 8th. Rehearsals will start Monday, January 13th.

Auditions are open to all performers 8 years and older. Children are encouraged to audition with a parent or guardian. All roles are open. Come prepared to sing 30 seconds or less of a song in the style of the show. Live accompaniment will be provided. No pre-recorded music please.

Auditions will take place at the theatre located at 525 North, 400 West in Centerville. Enter in the building on the west side basement entrance. Please email the theatre at to schedule an audition time.

Character Breakdown


Note: ages listed are approximate and represent how the characters read onstage, not necessarily the ages of the performers. Please note, where applicable, any requirements for on-stage intimacy or physicality. 

MALE ROLES: HAROLD HILL: Smooth-talking con man and traveling salesman who beguiles the town before falling in love with Marian; overflowing with charm and charisma; kisses Marian; physically struggles with Charlie Cowell. RANGE: Ab2-F4, AGE: 30-45 

MARCELLUS WASHBURN: Former con man and friend to Harold, now trying to settle down in River City; immensely likeable with comic timing; kisses Ethel; physically struggles with Charlie Cowell; leads an energetic dance. RANGE: A4-G2, AGE: 25-40 

MAYOR GEORGE SHINN: The Mayor of River City, protective of his town and family; self-important, blustery, pompous, but not too bright. RANGE: Any, AGE: 40-60 

WINTHROP PAROO: Marian’s adorable little brother who speaks with a lisp; precocious but moody. RANGE: C4-Eb5, AGE: 9-12 

CHARLIE COWELL: Rival traveling salesman out to expose Harold Hill; determined and moralistic; kisses Marian; physically struggles with Marcellus and Harold; may also play a townsperson in some scenes. RANGE: Any, AGE: 25-45

TOMMY DJILAS: Trouble-making teenager who becomes an assistant leader of the boys’ band; rebellious but smart and handsome. RANGE: Any, AGE: 16-20 

JACEY SQUIRES: Owner of livery stable and school board member who bickers with his peers before joining them in the barbershop quartet as the high tenor; married to Mrs. Squires. RANGE: C3-C5, AGE: 25-55 

EWART DUNLOP: Owner of the general store and school board member who bickers with his peers before joining them in the barbershop quartet as the second tenor; married to Maud. RANGE: F3-F5, AGE: 25-55 

OLIVER HIX: Banker and school board member who bickers with his peers before joining them in the barbershop quartet as the baritone; married to Alma. RANGE: B2-F4, AGE: 25-55 

OLIN BRITT: Newspaper editor and school board member who bickers with his peers before joining them in the barbershop quartet as the bass. RANGE: F2-C4, AGE: 25-55 

OTHER ROLES FOR MEN: Constable Locke, the town sheriff; Train conductor; Traveling salesmen; River City townspersons of all ages, shapes, and sizes some of them in “families”; River City boys/teens who sing, dance and join the boys’ band

FEMALE ROLES: MARIAN PAROO: Town librarian and piano teacher, sister of Winthrop and daughter of Mrs. Paroo; well-read, independent, head-strong, beautiful but elusive, hopelessly romantic but intensely guarded; kisses Harold and Charlie Cowell; RANGE: G3-A5, AGE: 25-35 

MRS. PAROO: Widowed mother to Marian and Winthrop; sweet, cheerful, always busy, and slightly intrusive in her daughter’s love life; speaks with an Irish accent. RANGE: Ab3-Eb5, AGE: 45-55 

EULALIE MACKECKNIE SHINN: Mayor Shinn’s peacock wife, a know-it-all busybody who knows everyone and everything in town; self-important, grandiose, gossipy, snobbish, and easily flattered; must have great comedic range without being over-the-top. RANGE: D4-D5, AGE: 40-50

AMARYLLIS: Marian’s piano student who likes Winthrop but teases him; sweet but a little bratty; must pretend to play the piano. RANGE: C4-E5, AGE: 9-12 

ZANEETA SHINN: Mayor Shinn’s teenage daughter with a crush on Tommy Djilas; cute, feminine, a little daffy; dances energetically. RANGE: Any, AGE: 16-20 

GRACIE SHINN: Mayor’s younger daughter. RANGE: Any, AGE: 9-12 ETHEL TOFFELMIER: Player piano player and town gossip who is dating Marcellus; jolly and friendly, but gossipy; kisses Marcellus. RANGE: Any, AGE: 25-35 

ALMA HIX: Wife of Oliver Hix and a town gossip. RANGE: G4-G5, AGE: 25-45 MAUD DUNLOP: Wife of Ewart Dunlop and a town gossip. RANGE: G4-G5, AGE: 25-55 MRS. SQUIRES: Wife of Jacey Squires and a town gossip. RANGE: G4-G5, AGE: 25-55 

OTHER ROLES FOR WOMEN/GIRLS: River City townspersons of all ages, shapes, and sizes, some of them in “families”; River City girls/teens who sing and dance.

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Ticket Policies

  • In consideration of our patrons, no children under 3 are permitted in the theatre. Some productions may not be appropriate for all 3 year-olds. Parents should be the guide for young patrons. No babes in arms will be permitted.
  • No cancellations or refunds.
  • Ticket exchanges must be made in person at the Box Office at least one business day prior to the performance. Exchanged tickets must be surrendered at that time. We cannot accommodate late exchanges. There is a $5 exchange fee per ticket. Season Ticket Holders are allowed one free exchange per show. Additional exchanges are $5 per ticket.
  • Reserved seating will be held until curtain, after which alternate seating will be used. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Patrons arriving after the start of the performance will be seated at the discretion of management. Late-comers cannot be guaranteed seating.
  • The use of cameras, recording devices, phones, radios and pagers is strictly prohibited.
  • Please do not bring outside food or drink into the theatre.

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