Countryside Community Theatre Drops ‘Newsies’ This Weekend, Offers Workshop For Kids Saturday
Countryside Community Theatre will continue their 39th season with the energetic and exhilarating 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
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 Beast, Aladdin, Little Shop of Horrors, etc.), lyrics by Jack Feldman, and book by the inimitable Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots, La Cage aux Folles), this thrilling show is sure to sing and dance its way into your hearts!
On Saturday, July 31st, CCT is offering a 60 minute interactive workshop and immersive experience with members of the cast! For only $10, rising 3rd-8th graders will be able to learn actual choreography from the show from one of the newsies and the show’s dance captain, tour the set, and pose for a photo on stage with props and cast members! Each participant will also receive a coupon for a free youth ticket with the purchase of an
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 July 30th, 31st, August 6th, 7th at 7 PM, and August 1st, and 8th at 2 pm.
Tickets are $15 and available for purchase at the door, and at ccteldridge.booktix.com!