The Clune Center Auditorium will soon be flooded with newspapers, suspenders, song, and dance as Wilton High School proudly presents Disney’s Newsies. The students and production team have been hard at work since February to create this electrifying production, which pulses with excitement as a group of newsboys strike to be reasonably compensated for their daily labor. High energy dancing and feel-good songs by legendary composer Alan Menken offer toe-tapping delight as they guide the audience through this thrilling narrative.
The story is based on the real life newsies strike of 1899. It centers around charismatic newsboy Jack Kelly (Jack Parrotta) and his new friends, siblings Davey (Ryan Lynn) and Les (Blake Baumel). After the conniving publisher Joseph Pulitzer (Brycen Addison) raises the price of newspapers for personal profit, the newsboys refuse to enable his scheme. Jack, aided by Davey’s smarts, passionately leads the newsboys through a strike against the underhanded Pulitzer. Along the way, romance ensues as Jack meets Katherine Plumber (Sarah Bates), a determined yet unknown young journalist who seizes the opportunity to finally cover a compelling story.
“Audiences can expect to be wowed by the extraordinary talent Wilton High School has to offer,” says director Meredith Walker, who has been working diligently with production staff and students to ensure that the production provides audiences with a gripping portrayal of an inspiring tale.
Performances are in the Clune Center Auditorium on Friday, May 17 at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 19 at 4 p.m.. Tickets and information can be found online. Tickets are $15 each at lunch waves for students, $16.50 online and at the door one hour prior to each show; cash and check only.