Newsies Seize the Day

Cast of Newsies Sell Out All Six Nights


Photograph by Dianna Shaltry

Cast of the Newsies Protesting. This photo was taken near the end of the musical.

Robert Miller, Online Editor

   From Nov. 8-11, 2018, Grand Ledge High School’s theater held six showings of the 1992 musical, Newsies. The musical is about the Newsboy Strike of 1899 in New York. The show did extremely well, selling nearly 800 seats for each of the six showtimes.

   “I feel like the crew members for Newsies did an amazing job,” Tonya Rice said. “The entire production was very enjoyable.”

   Rice was the production manager for Newsies, so she handled everything from concession sales to ticket sales and preparing the auditorium for the musical.

   Aside from the audience and staff members enjoying the show, the members of the cast of Newsies loved their time being a part of the production.

   “I loved being a part of Tech Crew for Newsies,” Savannah Burgess said. “The people you get to meet and interact with are amazing.”

   This year was Burgess’  first time being a part of the Tech Crew for the high school.

   “I was on sets for Newsies, so I was one of the people who moved the sets and props around for each scene,” Burgess said.

   Another amazing actor for the musical who deeply enjoyed her role in Newsies was Madelyn Marsh, who was one of the dancers for the musical.

   “Being a dancer for Newsies was an amazing opportunity for me. I loved being able to perform for others,” Marsh said.

   All of these crew members are hoping to be able to reprise their roles as Production Manager, Tech Crew member and Dancer respectively for the performance of Disney’s Lion King: the Musical, which will be performed on March 2019.