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Extra! Extra! Newsies tickets on sale now

Extra! Extra! Newsies tickets on sale now

Tulare County Office of Education Theatre Company presents production of Disney’s Newsies July 19-27

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TULARE COUNTY – Extra! Extra! Tickets on sale now for local production of Newsies.

The Tulare County Office of Education Theatre Company announced last week that tickets are available for its summer production of Disney’s version of the acclaimed Broadway play.

Based on the New York newsboys strike of 1899, Newsies is a rousing tale of the good young people can do when they work together. In 1899, Joseph Pulitzer of New York World and William Randolph Hearst of New York Morning Journal raised the cost of the papers charged to the newsies without increasing the price paid by the public, thus greatly reducing newsies’ profits. On July 19, newsies gathered in New York’s City Hall Park where they announced their strike. With the help of Katherine, a young reporter who shared their story, the newsies’ cause received the attention of New York Governor Teddy Roosevelt.

“The newsies strike of 1899 shows the spirit, courage, and strength of young people who band together for a common cause,” said Bethany Rader, Theatre Company director. “I believe it is for this reason that this musical has always been so special to me.”

Newsies was a 2012 smash Broadway musical featuring a Tony Award-winning score. The production, starring nearly 40 Tulare County students, is packed with high-energy dance numbers and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family.

The Theatre Company will offer seven performances July 19-27. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. on July 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27 with matinees at 2 p.m. on July 20 and 27. All performances are at the L.J. Williams Theater, 1001 W. Main St. in Visalia. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $25 for VIPs and are available during normal business hours Monday through Friday at both Visalia TCOE locations at 6200 S. Mooney Blvd. and 7000 Doe Ave. Tickets can also be purchased at the door or by phone by calling (559) 651-1482, ext. 3329. Payments are cash or check only.

Principal Characters
Jack Kelly played by Job Whetstone, Mt. Whitney High School
Davey played by Andrew Haagensen, Golden West High School graduate
Les played by Shane Bauer, Golden West High School
Katherine played by Jessica Peters, Redwood High School
Medda Larkin played by Allison Martin, El Diamante High School
Crutchie played by Solomon Stahl, Redwood High School
Joseph Pulitzer played by John Piper, El Diamante High School graduate
Governor Teddy Roosevelt played by Ryan Anders, Theatre Company alumni
Plus a special guest appearance by Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Tim Hire

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