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Countryside Community Theatre will continue their 39th season this weekend with the second weekend of the critically-acclaimed Disney’s Newsies!

Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Disney’s Newsies! is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of

Countryside Community Theatre Drops 'Newsies' This Weekend, Offers Workshop For Kids Saturday

The cast of “Disney’s Newsies” at North Scott High School’s auditorium.

teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right!

Featuring a Tony Award winning score with music by the acclaimed Alan Menken (Beauty and the BeastAladdinLittle Shop of Horrors, etc.), lyrics by Jack Feldman, and book by the inimitable Harvey Fierstein (Kinky BootsLa Cage aux Folles), this thrilling show is sure to sing and dance its way into your hearts!
Countryside Community Theatre Drops 'Newsies' This Weekend, Offers Workshop For Kids Saturday

Andrew Arevalo and Sophia Kilburg star in CCT’s “Disney’s Newsies” in Eldridge.

Directing and choreographing the production is professional actor Ashley Mills Becher, who is currently also performing in Circa ’21’s production of Saturday Night Fever. Ashley also works with Davenport Junior Theatre, and Lancer Productions. She will be guest directing Frozen this winter at the latter. Ashley runs the Circa ’21 educational program ‘Rising Stars’ alongside her husband, Bobby Becher.
The extraordinarily talented cast includes Wisconsin native Andrew Arevalo as Jack Kelly, Sophia Kilburg as Katherine Plummer, Chris Tracy shines in yet another villain role, as Joseph Pulitzer, Nickie Callender as Davey, and current Jr. Miss Rock Island County Fair Queen Marley Haley as Crutchie. The talented ensemble will wow you with their athletic leaps and tricks, tap dancing, and masterful anthemic singing, all done on an industrial, multi-level set inspired by the original Broadway production!
Performances are August 6th, 7th at 7 PM, and August 8th at 2 pm.
Tickets are $15 and available for purchase at the door, and at ccteldridge.booktix.com!
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Countryside's Critically-Acclaimed 'Newsies' Hits The Stage Again This Weekend!
Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.