NEWSIES is set in New York city at the turn of the twentieth century.
February 21, 22, 23, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday February, 24 at 2:30 p.m.
Set in New York City at the turn of the twentieth century, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teen aged “newsies” who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets.
But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right. With its catchy music and show-stopping choreography, NEWSIES is based on the real-life Newsboys’ Strike of 1899. The strike was the result of the newspaper publishers refusing to lower the price of the papers. Newsies were not willing to pay more for their papers to make up for the lack of headlines.
During the last week in February, 82 middle school students at the William Allen Middle School (WAMS) will perform the well beloved musical NEWSIES. When you want to see a production at a theater, you close your eyes, sit back and immerse your entire body in the story and experience what is happening on stage in a fantasy world.
The newsies strike of 1899 was a turning point in history, not only for the newspaper industry, but also for child labor laws in all industries. These are the very laws that protect our children to this day. WAMS wants to tell this story. WAMS students were up for the challenge of telling the NEWSIES story. This show is produced with special arrangements with Music Theater International.
Please join the entire cast, in bringing you back to the late 19th century. Enjoy tunes like Seize the Day, The World Will Know, and a show stopping Carry the Banner.
The production has performance dates as follows: Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 7:00pm., and Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $12 and may be purchased at the door or on line.