Dec. 14-15—RUTLAND—Rutland Youth Theatre presents “Newsies, the Broadway Musical” to celebrate the holidays, Dec. 14-15, at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland.
It’s time to carry the banner! Produced and directed by Saskia Hagen Groom, musical directed by Saige King and choreographed by Tegan Waite, “Newsies, the Broadway Musical” is based a true historical strike of newspaper boys in NYC in 1899. The story is set in turn-of-the century New York City, and tells 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.
The newspaper boys’ strike of 1899 was a youth-led campaign to force change in the way that Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst’s newspapers compensated their child labor force of newspaper hawkers. The strike lasted two weeks, causing Pulitzer’s New York World to reduce its circulation from 360,000 to 125,000.
The story is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.
Show times are Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for children and seniors; and $12 for adults. The Paramount Theatre is located at 30 Center St., Rutland. Visit paramountvt.org.
For more information, visit rutlandrec.com/theatre or call 802-558-4177.