by Helen MacGregor
“Newsies The Musical” is coming to our town March 30-April 14! Come and see the true David-and-Goliath story of this ragged band of New York street urchins who took on two newspaper publishing titans and their whole corporate establishment to fight for what is right!
This is Kemptville Youth Musical Theatre’s 25th production and here is your first introduction to some of the fabulous cast members. Jack Kelly is played charismatically by Nathanael Flinn from Jasper. Jack, the leader of the Manhattan Newsies, is an orphaned dreamer and artist who yearns to get out of the crowded streets of New York and make a better life for himself out West.
Nathaniel loves the wide range of emotions that can be expressed in all the different songs. Jack is fiercely protective of his best friend, Crutchie, played by Hannah Grosskleg. Crutchie is a dedicated Newsie who has a sweet sense of humor and optimistic resilience. Hannah loves that Crutchie is the underdog and the heart of the resistance. Tatum Tatarciuc relishes portraying Katherine Plumber as a strong independent female reporter working hard to make a name for herself as a legitimate journalist in a time when women aren’t taken seriously.
Joseph Pulitzer, played by Koya Choi, has lots of swag and is a pompous businessman through and through. Davey, played by Dominic Belhumeur, becomes swept up in the fervor of the strike. Dominic likes the true story foundation of this musical as he shows how Davey becomes a leader in his own right. Les, played by Shannon Fayer, is Davey’s cheeky younger brother. Shannon loves Les’ funny lines and appreciates the production team’s staging and character development. Azaria Shams loves being the sassy and spunky Medda Larkin, a big-voiced saloon singer and star of the Bowery who offers her theater as a safe haven for the newsies. Azaria also plays the newsie Race and has great fun dancing. This is an awesome cast so don’t delay and get your tickets now! Go to Scotiabank or buy online. Go to www.kymtc.org for more information.