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Music Theatre Wichita concludes its 2017 Season, "Hollywood to Broadway: A Summer Festival of Musical Theatre" with the regional premiere of Disney's Newsies. The lively season finale has an extended run, with performances August 11-20 in the Century II Concert Hall in downtown Wichita, KS. Newsies is part of the organization's 46th season, which is also the 30th season for producing artistic director Wayne Bryan, the final of five locally produced Broadway-scale productions.

A multi-talented company of young performers is led by Trevor McChristian as Jack Kelly. MTWichita alum Melissa Steadman Hart (Newsies 1st National Tour) stars as Katherine Plumber, and HAl Davis (Titanic) plays the formidable Joseph Pulitzer. Resident company members AnnEliza Canning-Skinner (Medda Larkin), Alec Cohen (Davey), and Lily Kaufmann (Hannah) step in to featured roles. Davey's younger brother Les is played by young Wichitan Kilian McGaffin.

MTWichita's production is directed by Wayne Bryan, with a fresh take on the athletic choreography created by Brian J. Marcum (Elf) and assistant Tanner Pflueger (Billy Elliot). Newsies features scenic design by Bruce Brockman and costumes by Dixon Reynolds. Other members of the artistic team include hair and makeup designer Danae Jimenez, lighting designer David Neville, and Sound Designer David Muehl. Maestro Thomas W. Douglas conducts.

Music Theatre Wichita has earned a reputation as one of the foremost summer opportunities for young upcoming talents. This year's Broadway season featured nearly forty MTWichita alumni, including cast members of Hello, Dolly!, Come from Away, Bandstand, Anastasia, Miss Saigon, A Bronx Tale, Sunset Boulevard, Cats, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and many more. Founded in 1972, MTWichita has produced the world premiere of the revised Good News!, the U.S. premiere of Betty Blue Eyes, and the regional premieres of such Disney titles as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and High School Musical. MTWichita has also created cast albums for Honk! and Good News!

Tickets are on sale now for all performances, either online at mtwichita.org, or by calling 316.265.3107. More information, including biographies, histories, and videos, can be found at www.MTWichita.org, and on social media sites Facebook (Music Theatre Wichita), Twitter (@MTWichita) and Instagram (MTWichita).

Photo Credit: Christopher Clark and Jerry Fritchman

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The compnay of Music Theatre Wichita’s Newsies.

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Ann-Eliza Canning-Skinner as Medda Larkin in MTWichita’s Newsies.

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Front Row L to R: Matthew Davies (Race), Trevor McChristian (Jack Kelly), Alec Cohen (Davey) in MTWichita’s Newsies.

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Trevor McChristian, Melissa Steadman Hart, and company in MTWichita’s Newsies.

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Trevor Michael Schmidt as Crutchie and Trevor McChristian as Jack Kelly in MTWichita’s Newsies.

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The compnay of Music Theatre Wichita’s Newsies.

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Trevor McChristian (center) and the company of MTWichita’s Newsies.

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Nicholas Saverine (Bunsen), Trevor McChristian (Jack Kelly), and HAl Davis (Pulitzer) in MTWichita’s Newsies.

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Melissa Steadman Hart as Katherine Plumber and Trevor McChristian as Jack Kelly in MTWichita’s Newsies.

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The compnay of Music Theatre Wichita’s Newsies.

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Commodore C. Primous, III (Tommy Boy) and company in MTWichita’s Newsies.

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Trevor McChristian (Jack Kelly), Trevor Michael Schmidt (Crutchie), and company in MTWichita’s Newsies.

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Trevor McChristian and Trevor Michael Schmidt in MTWichita’s Newsies.

Photo Flash: Extra, Extra! NEWSIES Hits Wichita
The compnay of Music Theatre Wichita’s Newsies.

Photo Flash: Extra, Extra! NEWSIES Hits Wichita
The compnay of Music Theatre Wichita’s Newsies.

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Colin LeMoine, Simeon Rawls, Mitchell McCroskey, and Nigel Hall in MTWichita’s Newsies.

Photo Flash: Extra, Extra! NEWSIES Hits Wichita
The compnay of Music Theatre Wichita’s Newsies.


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