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Best of the Week 2022-2023: Excellence in College Prep


This weekend, the Edwardian Players present Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical as their spring play production. Set in New York City at the turn of the 20th century and inspired by a true story, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, leader of a ragged band of teenage “newsies” who dream only of a better life, far from the hardship of the streets. But when two publishing titans raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for.

"Newsies is a show that showcases all of the talent we have, both on and offstage. The show takes place all over New York City so it’s up to everyone, from the actors to set design to costumes to lighting and everything else in between, to make our stage live and breathe New York and I think we do a pretty good job at that," says Edwardian Players' Director Tony Heffner '13.

"From a choreographer's perspective, this show is very different from our fall production. Newsies is one that's known for its dance numbers. The athleticism that is needed, as well as technical training, to pull off this show is no small feat," says Choreographer Sarah Heffner. "My favorite moments from the show include 'The World Will Know' and 'Seize the Day.' The energy in the theater during 'The World Will Know' is unmatched when the cast brings so much grit and angst and with 'Seize the Day,' the song by itself is so powerful."

"I love watching our students accomplish things they never thought was possible. It's so rewarding to see them grow as performers and I love how encouraging this cast is to one another," adds Mr. Heffner. "Come ready to be wowed by Newsies! From the set and vocals to all the dancing, there is something for everyone to enjoy."

Come see the Edwardian Players' present Newsies this weekend! Tickets can still be purchased for Saturday night's performance at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday's matinee at 3:00 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets online and for more information about Newsies at St. Edward High School.

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