Disney’s ‘Newsies’ comes to the TPAC this summer
–The Disney musical, “Newsies” will be coming to the Templeton Performing Arts Center this summer.
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 teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies 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, Newsies 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.
Templeton drama teacher Catherine Kingsbury directs the show, with Lauren Josephs providing musical direction. Choreographers are Amy Wescom and Koby Wescom.
Creston Cooper plays Jack Kelly, the newsies’ leader. He befriends two newcomers to his trade, brothers Davey and Les Jacobs, played by Payton Raine-Smith and JD Black respectively. Their adversary is powerful publisher Joseph Pulitzer, played by Dave Josephs.
There will be four performances of Newsies: Friday, June 21, at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 22, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 23, at 4 p.m.