Consistent with Wild Horse Children’s Theater’s commitment to our “no child turned away policy”, WHCT established the “Kyra and Norma Conway Scholarship Fund”. We realize the importance of the arts in the lives of every child and scholarships allow us to include any young actor who may not be able to pay tuition fees. You can download a scholarship application here or contact us for more information. 

About Kyra and Norma: 
Kyra Conway was one of our rising “Stars” at WHCT. Kyra was only 11 years old when we lost her suddenly to Influenza B. We will always remember Kyra’s quirky personality and bright smile and we will continue to honor her and her legacy by providing scholarships for children who love being on the stage as much as she did.  

Norma Conway was Kyra’s grandmother and a force in the community to be reckoned with! She owned her own dance studio and was extensively involved with the performing arts in Northern Nevada throughout her adult life. Norma’s laugh was infectious, and her smile could light up a room. Norma was a huge supporter of WHCT and, although her presence will be greatly missed, her spirit will dance on forever. 

Kyra Conway
Norma Conway
Wild Horse Children’s Theater is guided by these key principles: casting all who audition; setting and achieving the highest artistic standards; embracing diversity in our performers, audiences, and staff; and providing a positive, family-friendly, nurturing community. Through the auditions process, we welcome children from all social and economic backgrounds. While we’re dedicated to training each child in the crafts, and skills required for the theatre, paramount importance is placed on the development of each child’s self esteem, and feeling of belonging at this theatre.  

No previous training or experience is required to audition for a part in our productions. We also have a technical theater apprentice program for young people who would rather work back-stage in our productions.  

As a non-profit organization, WHCT is self-supporting. Like many nonprofit theater companies, we are not able to cover all of our production expenses with ticket sales and membership fees. Our minimal tuition fee allows us to produce the high quality productions that WHCT is known for and to provide our young actors the opportunity to work with outstanding theater professionals.  

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Upcoming Auditions
​Disney's "NEWSIES", June/July 2019
Carson City Community Center

Stop the presses! Wild Horse Children’s Theater looking for actors, singers and dancers, ages 8 to 21, for the Northern Nevada premiere of the Disney film turned Tony-winning Broadway hit, Newsies! Auditions will be held on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 at the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall. Auditions are by appointment only! You must call for an audition slot. Performances are June 28, 29, 30, July 5, 6, 7 at the Carson City Community Center.

Please Note: This is not a “Junior” production…it is the full musical. If you are 8 or 9 years old, with dance training, you may audition for Newsies. Young actors must be mature, independent, self-sufficient and be able to endure the rigor of a demanding rehearsal schedule for a production with adult content. Although our usual policy is to find a role for everyone who auditions, if you are under the age of 10, we cannot guarantee you will be cast in this show.  

NOTE: Although our usual policy is to find a role for everyone who auditions, we are not taking everyone who auditions for this show.

It’s time to carry the banner with Disney’s Newsies! 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 “newsies”. When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the “newsies” expense, Jack rallies them from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right!

Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsie’s features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.

We are looking for a large, energetic cast! Except for a few female characters Newsies has always been a male heavy show. To create more opportunities for female actors, we will be using gender flexible casting in some of the lead roles and ensemble. In fact, historically, many girls fought the good fight in the Strike of 1899! 

Audition packet, audition materials (including audition songs), and character breakdown at the top of this page. 

Audition appointments will be taken starting February 1st.  

To schedule an audition for Newsies. you must call 775-440-1170 or email (or to reserve an audition slot. Auditions and callbacks are at the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall, 
511 W King Street, Carson City.

NOW is the time to Seize the Day!!!