Extra! Extra! Disney's NEWSIES Hits the Village Theatre Stage This Holiday Season
Village Theatre is proud to present what's sure to be one of the most spectacular dance shows in its history, Disney's Newsies. This high-energy musical combines Broadway-caliber entertainment with the story and tunes from the beloved cult-classic movie. Based on the Newsboys Strike of 1899, the narrative follows Jack Kelly and his crew of ragtag newsboys who become unlikely heroes when they stand up for what's right.
"I couldn't be more excited to have Newsies as one of my final shows as Artistic Director at Village Theatre," said director, Steve Tomkins. "We have a truly exceptional cast that is going to blow everyone away. While we're certainly looking to honor and celebrate the film and the Broadway show, we're creating our own unique Village Theatre production." And there is no better example of that than the high caliber dance scenes choreographed with precision by Katy Tabb. "Every aspect of this show is being built to facilitate some really incredible dancing," said Tabb, "The music, costumes, and jungle gym-like set combined with this phenomenal cast is thrilling."
Taking on the role of Jack Kelly is Joey Barreiro. While Barreiro is new to the Village Theatre stage, he is not new to Jack Kelly, having spent a little over a year in the role on the First National Tour of Newsies. Joining him is Greg Stone as media giant, Joseph Pulitzer; Michael Krenning as Crutchie, Jack's best friend; Taylor Niemeyer as intrepid journalist, Katherine; Mike Spee as Davey; Marlette Buchanan as Medda Larkin; and Ian Barlett & Guthrie Bettinger as Les. The extraordinary Newsie squad includes:Nick Perry, Charlie Chittenden, Ethan Carpenter, Devin Hatch, Brian Sanstrom, Davione Gordon,Ulyber Mangune, Rico Lastrapes, Richie Stone, Trevor Hansen, Kayden Oliver, Tyler Sorensen,Lukas Poischbeg, and Tom Bentsen. Rounding out the ensemble is Brian Simmons, Cherisse Martinelli, Carly Squires Hutchison, Andrew Eric Davison, Ryan McCabe, and Shane Smith.
Joining Tomkins and Tabb on the creative team is music director, R.J. Tancioco; scenic designer,Christopher Mumaw; lighting designer, Aaron Copp; costume designer, Cynthia Savage; and sound designer, Brent Warwick.
"Seize the Day" with the newsboys of New York as they go from delivering the news to topping headlines. Newsies is onstage in Issaquah November 9 - December 31, 2017 before moving to Village Theatre's Everett location from January 5- 28, 2018. The production is sponsored in part by ArtsFund, Black Label, City of Everett, City of Issaquah, EBJ Proliance Surgeons, Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter, Lombardi's Italian Restaurants, MarsJewett, Microsoft, Pogacha Restaurant of Issaquah, Rowley Properties, The Seattle Times, The Shubert Foundation, Snohomish County hotel-motel tax fund, and United.
About Village Theatre
Based in Issaquah, WA, with operations in Everett, WA, Village Theatre is a leading producer of musical theatre in the Pacific Northwest. Producing entertaining, quality productions since 1979, Village Theatre has grown into one of the region's best-attended theatres, with more than 20,000 Subscribers and 220,000 projected total attendance each season. Through its Village Originals program, Village Theatre is nationally recognized for its contribution to the development of new musicals, having supported the development of over 160 new works to date. Village Theatre also takes pride in nurturing tomorrow's audiences through its Youth Education and Outreach programs, KIDSTAGE and Pied Piper, serving over 58,000 young people and their families annually.