Newsies is Sure to Amuse-ie
Wylie High School Theatre Department will present Disney’s Newsies the Musical Jan. 17 – 19 in the Wylie High School auditorium. Polly Harrison, Wylie High Director of Theatre and Murphy resident, provides a summary of the production, “Newsiesis set in turn of the century New York and is the tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged newsies. When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsies expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions.” She said the main theme of the show is fight for what you believe in. She describes the music type as Disney pop.
Regarding why she chose this production this year, Harrison said, “Newsieswas a sensation on Broadway and when they released the rights at the end of last spring, we snapped them up.” She said her favorite part of the production is “King of New York” which opens the second act.
Murphy students cast in this production share what makes Newsiesnewsworthy. Julia Hodges (10thgrade) plays a Bowery Beauty, waitress and is a dance captain. She has loved watching the dances come together and feels that the audience will enjoy the dances as well as the story line of strong friendships portrayed in the production. Maddie Quiroga (12thgrade) plays the part of Mush, who is a newsie. She is also a dance captain. She loves the dances and believes the audience will enjoy them as well. Isaiah Ramirez (12thgrade) plays the part of Theodore Roosevelt, who at this time, is governor of New York. He said the music is very upbeat and powerful. He said the attention to detail that has been given to the costumes will be a crowd pleaser. Emily Waters (10thgrade) plays the part of a Brooklyn newsie. Her favorite aspect of the show is the music. She points out that the set being multi-level adds a great element to the production. Allison McDermott (9thgrade) also plays the part of a Brooklyn newsie. She said, “It is so cool to come together as a group to create something so great. This is a captivating story about equality and standing up for yourself and others.”
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. To purchase tickets, go to wylietheatre.com. Show times are Thursday, Jan. 17, 7:00 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18, 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. All performances will be in the WHS auditorium located at 2550 W. FM 544.