NYA Drama Presents: Newsies!

Yarmouth, Maine, February 5, 2024: North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) Drama presents Disney’s smash hit Broadway musical NEWSIES this February 23-25 at Greely Center for the Arts, 103 Main St., Cumberland, ME. There is limited reserved seating, but plenty of general admission seating available. All shows are open to the public and perfect for the whole family and every audience. Tickets are $15.00 and may be reserved in advance or at the door.

  • Friday, February 23, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 24, 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 25, 1:00 p.m.

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 kids from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right!

Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, 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. This is a family show that will dazzle and shake every audience with its wonderful characters and fabulous songs and dance numbers. You’ll leave with a smile and a tune on your lips.

The production features Gabriella Filler ’27 as Jack Kelly, Madeline Mayo ’28 as Katherine Plummer and Apollo Birney ’27 as Joseph Pulizer. Additional cast features include Genevieve Vaillancourt ’25 (Davey), Hadley Smith ’26 (Crutchie) John McGillicuddy ’30 (Les), Lila Fournier ’28 (Medda Larkin.) Additional roles including newboys, newspaper staff, dancing girls, nuns, goons, police, and more played by Eva Cusano ’26, Sam Grady ’26, Alex Hilmer ’26, Chloe Shervanick ’26, Eliza Smith ’28, Quinn Barschdorf ’29, Sofia Beghelli ’30, Maddie Brown ’29, Natalie Bunker ’28, Ezra Corcoran ’29, Mia Dumont ’30, Paisley Dutta ’29, Clementine Feely ’28, Denali Garson ’29, Grace Goodall ’29, Katrina Lesniak ’30, Nula MacCarthy ’30, Emily Millar ’30, Fia Scheffler ’30, Jack Scheffler ’29, Avery Speirs ’29 and Gracelyn Webster ’30.

Students working on tech crew (and as extra newsies) include Zoe Collins ’25 (stage manager), Skyler Dunphy ’27, Colden Daniel ’28, Barrett Keup ’29, Lauren Metivier ’30, Cora Nanovic ’30, Phoebe Reilly ’28, Oliver Walker ‘30 and Ellis Taylor ’28. Production Team: Liz Rollins (director), Linda Vaillancourt (music director), Andrew Cook, & Anthony Desantis (technical direction), Vanessa Beyland (choreographer), Sara Jaffe (lighting & acting coach), and Nora Krainis & Kevin Rollins (sound/stage).

Newsies is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Tel: (212)541-4684 Fax: (212)397-4684 www.MTIShows.com,

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers to postgraduate students with an enrollment of 395. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character, and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or information@nya.org and visit our website at NYA.org.