“Newsies” at ShenanArts promises to deliver a show full of dance and with a good message. Cast member Tom Pereles and director Aaron Crosby looked forward to the show, which begins Aug 3.
“Disney’s Newsies, The Broadway Musical” follows a group of newsboys in 1899. When the prices are raised at the newsboys’ expense, Jack Kelly rallies newsies from across the city to go on strike against the unfair conditions.
The musical is based on the 1992 movie, which is based on a true story.
“They were the younger generation that rose up to the challenge and said, ‘We have a place here and our rights need to be preserved as workers,’” Crosby said. “It’s an example for young and old: how big of a difference young people can make when they work together and strive for a cause.”
Pereles, of Waynesboro, plays Joseph Pulitzer, the publisher of the newspaper.
“My favorite part — I just love to be able to get up on stage and act like somebody else and try to do as convincing a job as possible,” he said, “especially if the show has a good message.”
Crosby said the show has students and adults of many ages. The youngest member is about eight, while the oldest is in his or her 60s.
“The big thing with theater is bringing different age groups together,” he said. “We’ve got young dancers playing our newsies. They’re the full package. They act, they sing, they dance.”
The cast has about 30 people. “Newsies” is very heavy in dance. The choreographer of the show is Cory Douylliez-Willis.
The show runs August 3-5 and 10-12. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $17 per adult, $14 per senior and college student and $10 per child.
ShenanArts is at 300 Churchville Avenue. For tickets or more information, go to shenanarts.org.