VACT 'Newsies'

Cast members in the Verona Area Community Theater’s upcoming production “Newsies” pose on one of the set props. The show will run from April 25-28.

Make sure you’re all read up on your hometown newspaper, and then settle in for a show featuring the “newsies” who make it possible.

From April 25-28, the Verona Area Community Theater will present “Newsies,” a 1992 Disney movie-turned-Broadway musical. The show will run five times, at 7 p.m. April 25-27 and 2 p.m. April 27-28.

The production will be held at the Verona Area Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St., and features 68 high schoolers from 13 schools.

General admission is $17, and senior citizens 65 and older and children are $12.

The musical features Jack Kelly, played by Jamal Stone of Sun Prairie High School, who leads a band of newsboys who deliver papers in New York City at the start of the 20th century, according to a VACT news release. Kelly’s influence over the newsies prompts them to go on strike when the publishers raise the price on distribution.

The cast includes Edgewood High School student Corinna Smith as Katherine Plumber, Verona Area High School student Brady Wagner portraying Davey, homeschooled student Matthew Powell as Les, Oregon High School student Arik Zintel as Crutchie and VAHS student Derek Argall playing media mogul Joseph Pulitzer.

The musical is directed and co-choreographed by Alyssa Dvorak. Helping her are Lynn Vilker as producer and costume designer, Kelsey Odorizzi as music director, Marsha Heuer as co-choreographer and Jonathan Wollums stage managing.

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