Kennedy Alum, Bailey Steinke grabs a role in Les Misérables


Maddy Crist

Kennedy alumn, Bailey Steinke was casted for a role in the current Theatre Cedar Rapids performance, Les Misérables. The Show will be staged June 20 to July 13, 2014; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

This show is different from others because of the large number of people who auditioned for a role. Around 300 showed up for auditions and only 37 were casted for roles.

“I was shocked when I saw my name on the cast list for Les Misérables and nothing could have prepared me for seeing my name,” Bailey Steinke said.

Steinke is currently attending Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, in Winona Minnesota. There, she is majoring in Musical Theatre with a minor in Marketing.

“An international hit, Les Misérables is the story of Jean Valjean and his fight for redemption and peace. It has a backdrop of the French Revolution. It is one of my favorite shows and I absolutely can’t wait,” Steinke said.

Steinke has a long resume in the theatre and will bring her experience with her as she prepares for this role.


Name of Show:

Name of Role:


The Children’s Hour

Evelynn Munn

Theatre Cedar Rapids

Sweeney Todd

Student Director and Chorus

Kennedy High School

The Fantasticks

Luisa (lead)

Kennedy High School

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum

Philia (lead)

Kennedy High School

Seussical the Musical

Mayzie La Bird (lead)

Kennedy High School


Mrs. Chauvenet

Kennedy High School



Kennedy High School

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever


Kennedy High School


Chris Gorman (lead)

Kennedy High School

The Little Mermaid


Kennedy High School

Escape From the Underworld

Jocelyn (lead)

Theatre Cedar Rapids

These Days

Kelly (lead)

Theatre Cedar Rapids



Theatre Cedar Rapids

Spring Awakening


Theatre Cedar Rapids


Hope Cladwell (lead)

Kennedy High School

The Government Inspector

Anna Andreyevna (lead)

Saint Mary’s University

August: Osage County

Violet Weston (lead)

Saint Mary’s University

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

Trisha (lead)

Saint Mary’s University

“I think that because I am comfortable with the audition setting, I have a huge weight that is lifted off of my shoulders,” Steinke said.

Tickets for the Les Misérables are available now and cost anywhere from $25 to $80. Purchase of tickets can be made on the Theatre Cedar Rapids website

“I am beyond honored to be in this show and look forward to being in the ensemble. The opportunity to be a part of this production does not come around often and it takes a very hardworking and dedicated team to put this show on,” Steinke said.