by Helen MacGregor

Newsies the Musical is the tale of a band of teenaged “newsies”. Newsies are the kids who sold the papers for the titans of publishing. When the publishers decide to raise the prices in 1899 at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies the newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions. This wonderful musical is coming to our town March 30-April 14 at the Urbandale Arts Centre. Dancing is a huge part of this amazing musical. Our choreographer Laura Anderson is proud of how hard these dancer/singers have worked to give you a terrific show. She says “The show is a mix of broadway jazz, tap and acrobatics. We are very lucky to have some dancers with gymnastics backgrounds. The choreography takes full advantage of their ability to create high energy routines that include everything from cartwheels and roundoffs to spectacular split leaps and even trampoline jumps!” Although “Newsies” has a central character, Jack Kelly (played by Nathaniel Flinn), the corps of newsboys is the show’s heart. These performers all sing well, but what really brings them to life is how they move. The big song “Carrying the Banner,” happens near the beginning of the story as this motley crew of kids gets ready to start their day hawking newspapers to make a living. It’s the first of many high-energy ensemble numbers. Be sure to come out and see these fabulous dancer/singers. The Dancer 1 crew is Azaria Shams, Sarah Bolland, Maddie Bolland, Sarah Allen, Rylie Hillier, Maya Mohammed and Rhiannah Gallagher. This is an awesome cast, so don’t delay and get your $18 tickets now! Go to Scotiabank or buy online. Go to www.kymtc.org for more information.

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