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The Liggett Players present Newsies
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The Liggett Players production of Disney's Newsies: The Musical is coming to the University Liggett School main auditorium March 10-13.

Newsies is based on the real-life Newsboys strike of 1899 in New York City that forced William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer to change their view of the newsies from sweatshop workers to human beings looking to make a living.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 10; 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13. The Sunday matinee performance will feature the rose ceremony, honoring seniors, before the performance begins. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online at

Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills, high-energy dance numbers and a timeless message that is perfect for the whole family. Set in turn-of-the-century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies." When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right.

Based on the 1992 motion picture, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). It features the now classic songs "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day," and "Santa Fe."

The super-sized show will be performed by a talented array of 45 student actors, including a strong cast of middle school students, 20 tech students and 18 musicians.

Director Phillip Moss is once again singing the praises of his student leadership team. “There are almost 90 students involved in the show. From crew, to pit, and on stage this show has students from grades 6 through 12. That said, the work of the student leadership team has been amazing,” he said.

Newsies features sophomores Giovanni Thams as Jack Kelly and Mark Saigh as Crutchie, senior Emilia Bronk as Davey, middle schooler Mac Costanzo as Les and junior Dahlia Medvinsky as Katherine. The show is directed by Dr. Phill Moss, ULS Creative and Performing Arts Chair, with choreography by senior Kennedy Marshall; music directed by Alexa Layson, ULS band teacher; orchestra direction by Rose Urbiel, ULS orchestra director; and vocal music preparation by Jessica Fielder, ULS vocal music teacher. Medvinsky served as a student vocal coach during production.