Spring Theatre will present Disney’s Newsies: The Musical July 20-22 at the Hanesbrands Theatre, 209 N. Spruce Street in downtown Winston-Salem.  Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm.  Tickets are $15, including taxes and fees.  For ticket information, please visit www.springtheatre.org or call the Hanesbrands box office at (336) 747-1414.

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the captivating story of Jack Kelly, a spirited newsboy, and his band of teenaged “newsies”.  When newspaper magnates raise distribution prices on papers at the newsies’ expense, Jack puts his own dreams of escaping the city on hold in order to lead a strike against the unfair conditions.  Based on the 1992 Disney film by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White, and inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.

Newsies has always been one of my favorite productions, and it’s filled with amazing high-energy singers, actors AND dancers,” commented Spring Theatre’s artistic director, Erinn Diaz. “This is definitely a show that families of all generations can truly enjoy together.”

Disney’s Newsies: The Musical will be directed and choreographed by Erinn Diaz and Dan Beckmann, with music direction by David LaneMark Flora will serve as scenic/projection designer, and Elizabeth Kornstadt will design lighting.  Kay Partridge will design costumes.  Katie Ballard will assist with choreography and serve as dance captain.  Sophie Severs will stage manage, assisted by Bella Hart-Peck. The cast is as follows:

Sarah Ali – Hannah/Newsboy/Nun

Katie Ballard* – Romeo/Bowery Beauty

Jessi Kate Bartlett – Ike/Scab/Fred/Brooklyn Newsies

Morgan Bell – Tommy Boy/Brooklyn Newsies/Scab/Nun

Parker Bond* – Jack Kelly

Jessica Branch – Splasher

Travon Carter* – Oscar Delancy/Newsboy

Emi Curia* – Medda Larkin/Newsboy

Lilly Egan* – Albert

Blaine Freeman – Crutchie

Catherine Googe – Elmer

Joe Graham – Morris Delancy/Sietz/Bunsen/Nunzio/Snyder/Newsboy

Anna Hartle* – Specs

Christian Lowe – Henry

Payton Martin – Darcy/Brooklyn Newsies/Nun

Chris Nichols – Bill/Newsboy

Jeffrey Payton* – Davey

Katie Pelikan – Katherine Plummer

Ethan Rapier – Joseph Pulitzer/Governor Teddy Roosevelt/Newsboy

Grace Reasoner* – Race/Bowery Beauty

Cayson Sipprell* – Finch/Bowery Beauty

Kelsey Thacker* – JoJo/Bowery Beauty

Olivia Trauth – Les

Avery Greer – Mush/Newspaper Customer

Dovie Vernon – Buttons

Chase Whitehurst – Spot Conlon

Caleb Williams – Mike/Brooklyn Newsies/Scab

*Featured Dancer

Salem Academy, Juxtaposition Studios, Keiger Graphic Communications, Zimbro Photography, Carrie Leigh Dickey Design, Travel with Jan, and SE Logo Wear are sponsoring the run of the show.

Newsies runs approximately two and a half hours, including a fifteen-minute intermission.

For further information, please visit www.springtheatre.org or call (336) 747-1414.

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