Newsies Production Takes on the Press, Child Labor, and Love

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Sanie and Barnes as Jack Kelly and Katherine Plumber. Photo taken by John Donald

Yesterday was opening night for M-A Drama’s Newsies, a Disney broadway musical based on the Newsboys Strike of 1899. An inspiring example of youth creating change, Newsies is a journey to the past brought alive by M-A’s stellar actors.

Newsies follows newspaper boy Jack Kelly (junior Carson Sanie) as he fights for fair newspaper prices. Jack and his friends Crutchie (sophomore Ben Siegel), Davey (freshman Kealy Bryman), and other newsboys form a union to protest against Joseph Pulitzer (senior Jackson Bryman), the greedy newspaper publisher and founder of The New York World. Reporter Katherine Plumber (senior Ryann Barnes) helps the ragtag group and grows closer to Jack, but is also hiding a secret about her true identity…

Students from Laurel Elementary School as Newsboys. Photo taken by Jayna Chua

The production has amazing dance numbers with tap and actual Broadway choreography, beautiful set design, and talented singers and actors. With the help of the stage crew, scene transitions were seamless and professional. Sanie said, “I love the songs so much. The energy is great and it’s been my dream musical since I was in middle school.” Even kids from Laurel Elementary School are included in the show as young newsboys!

Newsies is full of light-hearted and witty scenes for all ages, but it also tackles sophisticated topics concerning workers’ rights and child labor. Senior Sunaina Tadakamalla, who plays Seitz, said, “It’s a great demonstration of rebellion against power and I appreciate that.”

The Newsies Cast. Photo taken by Jayna Chua

Everyone in the cast worked hard to prepare the show in just eight weeks. Kealy Bryman said, “I just love how everyone contributes a little bit. It’s very collaborative. Everyone should 100 percent watch it.”

Performances continue for the rest of this weekend along with the next: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 5 p.m. Interested viewers can buy tickets online or at the door. Don’t miss the newest Menlo-Atherton production![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Jayna Chua was a senior and in her first year as a writer for the M-A Chronicle. She enjoyed writing articles about local events and the arts. Outside of journalism, she played piano and cello and was a Life Scout in BSA.

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