Extra! Extra! Delaware Premiere Of Newsies Puts the “World” on Pause!
By Daria Willis
This is the headline that cast member Eric Ducos created, in true newsboy fashion, to call attention to the amazing first production in the Everett Theatre’s 2018-2019 season: the Delaware Premiere of Disney’s Newsies.
Newsies tells a riveting story, historically based on the New York City newsboys’ strike of 1899, a rebellion against unfair exploitation of working children by the companies they worked for.
Nick Carey, whose character Davey is pivotal to the strike, says, “The historical aspect of the show adds potency to the inspiring actions of the Newsies and mixes with the upbeat soundtrack to make an experience that is both exciting and meaningful.”
“If I had one headline to convince people to see Newsies, my headline would say, “Younglings fighting for what they believe in.” Just because that’s a major part of the whole story. But at the same time, no single headline can show every aspect of this story, so people will just have to come see it,” says Aidan Briggs, playing the role of charismatic newsboys’ union leader Jack Kelly.
There are many elements that make the Everett’s production of Newsies particularly special. Ducos, who will be playing Race onstage in September, says that the production is full of “catchy lyrics, astonishing dances, and upbeat music.”
“All of the characters are extremely lovable, the plot is heartwarming and exciting, the dances are exhilarating and impressive, and this cast is a blast to work with,” adds Carey.
“The choreography and set are definitely show stopping but even more so than that, the camaraderie the cast portrays onstage really makes Newsies special. An integral part of the show is the brotherhood of the newsboys, and I think we do a very good job of bringing that into all parts of the show.” Ruth Wilhelm (Henry) says.
This show is especially unique in that it is the first production of Newsies at a community theatre in the state of Delaware, a fact that makes it even more meaningful to those involved.
Kylie Boggs, playing the role of spunky and empowered reporter Katherine Plumber, says of the premiere, “This will be the very first time that much of our audience has ever seen this show live, so it is my honored responsibility to make sure that they fall absolutely in love with it! It is truly a dream come true.”
“It’s just such an honor to be able to portray such an amazing character… And the fact that it’s a Delaware first is just unbelievable. I’m so looking forward to working with everyone and bringing it together,” adds Briggs.
Disney’s Newsies at the Everett Theatre promises to be not only an exciting and fun experience, but one that is meaningful and inspiring.
“Newsies inspires its audience to stand up for themselves, always show compassion, and let love find a way. This story helps its audience to go back in time and learn these lessons,” says Tara Brown, a member of the ensemble playing a list of entertaining and wildly diverse characters.
“In this Technological Revolution, we cannot forget the lessons learned during the Industrial Revolution,” adds Boggs. “In a modern world of online, 24-hour news coverage, we can definitely see how much just one viral story can impact the world or even a single life.”
Tickets & Show Information
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Dates and times: September 14, 15, 21, 22 at 7:30 PM
September 16, 23 at 2 PM
Prices: Adults $18, Seniors/Students $15, Ages 12 and under $10
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit everetttheatre.com