Play: “Disney’s Newsies”
Performers: Rising Star Theater Company
Dates/times: 7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, June 14-15; Thursday-Saturday June 20-22; and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 16 and Saturday, June 22.
Site: Five Flags Theater, 405 Main St.
Cost: $16 for adults and $13 for students. Tickets are available at the Five Flags box office or by visiting, www.ticketmaster.com
Set in 1899 New York City, “Newsies” follows the story of Jack Kelly, a charming paper boy and leader of a band of newsies. When publishing executives increase the sale prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from all over New York to go on strike against the poor and unjust conditions and to fight for their rights.
- This will be Rising Star’s 10th season.
- The show will be directed by Nicholas Halder, with music direction by Michael Banwarth and choreography by Connie SaLoutos Furlan.
- The cast will include Mike Grant as Jack Kelly, Gwenyth McSperrin as Katherine Plumber, Max Enabnit as Crutchie, Owen Borelli as Davey, Liam Dostal as Les, Matt Tompkins as Joseph Pulitzer, Kayla Winandy as Medda Larkin, Rickey Walker as Albert, Maria Markus as Buttons, Kale Johnson as Elmer, Gavin Hall as Finch, Alex Oberfoell as Henry, Riley O’Donnell as Ike, Eizabeth Kelsey as JoJo, Kate Tonn as Mickey, Emma Kelsey as Mush, Jacob Nuti as Race, John Pope as Romeo, Johnny Freund as Specs, Maria Lobianco as Splash, Natalie Lobianco as Tommy Boy, Josh Rusch as Spot Conlon, Joel Salwolke as Darcy, Noah Ripperger as Bill, Jesse Huff as Wiesel, stage manager, Mr. Jacobi and mayor, Carsen Baumhover as Oscar Delancey, Tyler Powers as Morris Delancey, Tim Pope as Seitz, Alan Dostal as Bunsen, Dan Lobianco as Governor Teddy Roosevelt, guard and policeman, Nate Hall as Snyder, Janann Dostal as Hannah and a nun, Alannah Walker as a nun, woman and Bowery beauty, Rachel McDermott as a nun and Bowery beauty and Kalea Dostal as a Brooklyn Newsie, scab and towns person.
Quotable, from director Nicholas Halder
“It’s based on the Disney movie that I grew up with. I saw it when it came through Chicago, and I loved it. We have 35 talented people of every age in the cast. It is a smaller cast for us. We kept it to what it was written for to allow the space for all of the dancing and movement. This will be the biggest show we’ve done in June, but we were up for the challenge.”