Central High School Theatre Presents Newsies

Central High School Theatre Presents Newsies

On January 25th, 26th, and 27th, Central High School Theatre will present the musical, Newsies! Music and Lyrics by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and book by Harvey Fierstein. Rights are provided by special arrangements with Music Theatre International (MTI) www.mtishows.com.

Tickets are on sale online and will also be available at performances. Ticket prices for the production are $12 adults, $7 students with ZERO credit service charges added to this price if using a credit card to purchase tickets ahead of time online or at the box office. This production is being submitted to the Jester Awards at Music Theatre of Wichita for adjudication. Running time is approximately 2 hours including a 15 minute intermission.

The production is directed by Barbara Hilt, Central High School Theatre teacher and program director who is assisted by Bill Weaver, Central High School Technical Director, Music Direction by Ryan Holmquist, Central High School Vocal Music Director and Pit Conduction by Lindsay Modin, Central High School Orchestra Director, and Choreography by Maggie Spicer-Brown of Theatre Salina Center for the Arts Education Instructor. Guillermo Rodriguez, Central High School Band Director will serve as Sound Designer.

Synopsis of the Musical
Based on the 1992 Disney film, Newsies is the tale of newsboy Jack Kelly, who
dreams of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. When Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies his army of newsies to strike.

Quote about the production from the director:

โ€œNewsies! is one of my favorite musicals because it inspires such hope in what is possible when the underdogs of a story work together to achieve justice for everyone. Students at Salina Central have been putting their best efforts forward for the four years that I have been the theatre instructor and this show is no exception to the excellence that the community has come to expect from our productions. The music score by Alan Menken (who has written music for many Disney films) is all exciting and catchy tunes that you will be singing on your way out of the theater. When I started at Central four years ago, this was the last musical that I directed at my previous school and it created such a spirit of teamwork that I was excited to direct this production again. All of the staff have worked diligently to produce amazing dances, vocal work, scenery, costumes, and a truly outstanding orchestra. You wonโ€™t want to miss Newsies!โ€

- Barbara Hilt (director)

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