The beloved elegant Lindsay Community Theater is presenting Newsies, an award winning play about 1899 New York City, for the next two weekends; Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Performances are on January 17, 18, and 19, and January 24, 25, and 26.

This engaging and exciting play features 34 teenagers from 13 to 19 years old, from Porterville, Strathmore, and Lindsay.

In Newsies, Jack Kelly, is a charismatic newsboy and teenage leader of a band of paperboys. When the newspaper publishers raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies the boys from across the city to strike and fight against the unfair conditions

Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by the 1899 news strike in New York City, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning musical score written by Alan Menken, who wrote Little Shop of Horrors and Sister Act, and Jack Feldman, and the book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein who wrote Kinky Boots. 

The play features songs Carrying the Banner, Seize the Day, and Santa Fe, and has a timeless message of friendship, loyalty, equality, the value of hard work, and learning to make difficult decisions.

The teenage cast does an excellent job of dancing, singing, and gives  excitement and energy to an already great play, which conveys a timeless and relevant message for the contemporary audience and is great for the whole family.

Alli Smith who is directing the play is so excited with her all teen cast.

She’s worked at the theater for five years and said Lindsay and our surrounding communities are filled with talented young people, they are quick learners and hard workers willing to step out of their comfort zones to put on a show that is truly remarkable. I’m thrilled to get to help these kids reach their potential, to become better performers and to be able to share their gifts with our audiences. Most of our cast has had no formal music or dance training, but the sound and look incredible, thanks to their dedication and the hard work of our vocal coaches and choreographer. 

Newsies is a special show. The music is moving and catchy. The characters are funny, relatable and memorable. And the story is still relevant to our time. It’s a story about self-worth, equality, and the value of hard-work, the importance of friendship and loyalty, and taking a stand for what’s right, even when it’s difficult. 

Jennifer Keeton who is the Assistant Director said the kids are ready to entertain.  They are ready to just go out and leave everything they’ve got on the stage. There are a few musical numbers where you can feel their energy throughout the theater like electricity.

Connor Craven who plays Jack Kelly said he has enjoyed meeting and interacting with a large cast, and learning to tap dance was difficult. He seems to revel in the theater.

Liam Sherrill who plays Davey Jacobs loves playing his role, and has enjoyed learning tap dancing even though it was hard.

Gage Phipps who plays Crutchie has been enjoying watching everyone grow in the cast and loves the energy created by the play, he said.

Ethan Willett , who plays Pulitzer said he enjoyed the whole production of the play.

Most of the cast have been performing together for over five years here at LCT and other local theaters, and they have put in hundreds of hours to perfect the music, choreography and staging of the production and have been working since October.

At the Lindsay Community Theater Newsies performances are for two weekends, Friday and Saturday, January 17, and Saturday, January 18, at 7:30 pm, with a Sunday, January 19, a matinee at 2:00 pm.

And Friday, January 24, Saturday, January 25,  at 7:30 pm, with a Sunday, January 26 at 2:00 pm matinee.

The Lindsay Community Theater is at 190 N. Elmwood St. 

For more information call Theater Manager Jim Kliegl at 559-284-2223 or email: jrkliegl103@gmail.com.

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