WVMS drama club presents Newsies this weekend


WVMS drama club presents Newsies this weekend

April 18, 2023

The WVMS Drama Club is proud to present their production of the musical Newsies! There will be three shows this weekend.

– Friday, April 21 @ 7:00 pm
– Saturday, April 22 @ 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm

WVHS Auditorium 

Available at the door only. $10.00 per ticket, payable by cash or check.

Please arrive 30 minutes before each production. 

Directed by WVHS music teacher Noreen Hanson and produced by WVMS teacher Christy Brown, the middle school’s production stars eighth graders Madison Lijoi as Jack Kelly, Emmerson Powers as Katherine Plumber, and Lucas Cresser as Davey, as well as seventh grader Ashyln Brown as Crutchie.

The cast includes more than 100 middle school students in all, with vocal direction by WVMS chorus director Shane Peters, set design by Dan McQuade and Rocco Manno, and costumes by Melanie Wesloske.

Inspired by an incredible true story, Newsies shares the tale of a group of brave newsboys who dared to take on the powerful publishing industry, and against all odds, won a victory that would go on to change the face of child labor rights. With a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, the musical was adapted from the popular 1992 film to bring this timeless story of unity and strength to a whole new generation.

Newsies is based on the real-life newsboys’ strike of 1899, which pitted a group of poor and often orphaned children against Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst. When these hardworking newsboys discover that the city’s newspaper publishers are raising prices at their expense, the charismatic Jack Kelly rallies newsies from every borough to join together and strike against the unfair working conditions. Together, the newsies learn that by uniting forces to fight for what’s right, they have the power to change the world.



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