April 15, 2019

LCT Announces Disney Hit Musical, 'Newsies'

La Crosse, WI – 04/15/19 – La Crosse Community Theatre announces that tickets are on sale now for Newsies. Performances begin May 10, 2019, and continue through Sunday, May 26, 2019. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in the Lyche Theatre at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of ‘newsies’, who dreams only of a better life. But when publishing titan Joseph Pulitzer raises distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what is right.

“LCT is incredibly excited to present the Broadway smash Newsies. This 2012 Broadway hit is based on the Disney movie from 1992 which, in turn, is based on the real-life newsboys strike of 1899 in New York City. Full of exciting song and dance numbers, you won’t want to miss this high energy and larger than life musical,” said LCT Producing Artistic Director, Grant Golson.

Newsies is directed by William Garcia. This production also features music direction by Katie Fries, choreography by Leslie Weber, conducting by Kristin Freedlund, set design by Kit Mayer, costume design by Irina Christel, lighting design by Dillon McArdle, props design by Renata Orth, sound design by Ryan Van Berkum, accompaniment by Sarah Leitzen and Vicki Riness, technical direction by Pete Suardi, stage management by Molly Brueske, and assistant stage management by Hannahrose Rand.

The performers are Grant Latus as Jack Kelly, Avery Gerstenberger as Crutchie, Dustin Luecke as Davey, Brody Reider as Les, Brianna Frost as Katherine Plumber, Bradley Weber as Joseph Pulitzer, Elizabeth Arihood as Medda Larkin, Grace Riness as Race, Aaron Frost as Albert, Aaryn Jones as Specs, Allante Walker as Henry, Skyler Erickson as Finch/Darcy, Garrett Spafford as Romeo, Maddie Stoffal as Elmer, Brandon Haring as Mush, Erick Sells as Buttons, Joshua Kaiser as Splasher, Kane Hansen as Tommy Boy, Erik Berg as Jo Jo, Olivia Belland as Mike, Ryley Rasmussen as Ike, Naikya Chandana and Rubie Stetzer as Newsies, Cole Jacobson as Bill/Bunsen/Police, Lance Urbick as Morris DeLancey, Caidan Hoarn as Oscar DeLancey, Dennis Dorman as Snyder, Colin Thelen as Spot Conlon/Nunzio, Alexandra Burch as Nun/Hannah/Bowery Beauty, Angi Tamke as Nun/Woman/Bowery Beauty, Brittany Schilla as Nun/Bowery Beauty, Tom Desjarlais as Wiesel/Mayor, Jeremiah Galvan as Seitz/Mr. Jacobi, and James Murphy as Roosevelt/Guard/Stage Manager.

“My favorite thing about working on Newsies is the unbridled joy of the production. At a time when we often feel polarized and isolated from each other, the show reminds us that when we work together, as a community, nothing is impossible. The show embraces an enthusiasm and a passion for life that inspires everyone who sees it. Everything in the production, the athletic dance numbers, the irresistible melodies, the underdog storyline, reminds us that happiness is at the heart of the human experience,” said Director, William Garcia.

Tickets are $26-$34 for adults, $18 for students, and may be purchased over the phone or at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org. For questions or tickets, please call the box office at 608-784-9292 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.