Journey Theater to perform ‘Newsies’

Seven performances offered in the next two weeks at Heritage High School, beginning Friday evening

VANCOUVER — Area theater enthusiasts will have seven opportunities during the next two weeks to take in the latest Journey Theater production, “Newsies.’’

Journey Theater to perform ‘Newsies’
Area theater enthusiasts will have seven opportunities during the next two weeks to take in the latest Journey Theater production, “Newsies.’’ Photo courtesy of Journey Theater

Evening performances (7 p.m.) will take place at Heritage High School on Fri., Aug 2; Sat., Aug. 3; Fri., Aug. 9, and Sat., Aug. 10. Matinee performances (2 p.m.) will be offered on Sun., Aug. 4; Sat., Aug. 10 and Sun., Aug. 11. 

Pre-performance ticket prices range from $12 (seniors, 62-and-over; and youth, ages 2-18) to $18 for adults (19-and-over). Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $15 each. Sales at the door range from $16 (seniors, youth) to $22 (adult).

Heritage High School is located at 7825 NE 130th Ave., in Vancouver.

Journey Theater to perform ‘Newsies’
Evening performances (7 p.m.) of Journey’s production “Newsies” will take place at Heritage High School on Fri., Aug 2; Sat., Aug. 3; Fri., Aug. 9, and Sat., Aug. 10. Matinee performances (2 p.m.) will be offered on Sun., Aug. 4; Sat., Aug. 10 and Sun., Aug. 11. Photo courtesy of Journey Theater

Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is described as “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.

Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is described as being “packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.’’

Journey Theater does offer a parent advisory for mild language and brief physical violence.

Journey Theater’s production of Newsies is directed by Caleb Thurston. Chelsea Nicole Lapp is the choreographer, Amy Forstrom is the music director and McKenna Barney is the stage manager.

Journey Theater to perform ‘Newsies’
Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Photo courtesy of Journey Theater

Journey Theater prides itself on performing at the highest levels on-stage and off.  With more than 80 classes from drama to dance to improv, 12 school-year shows in four locations and summer community theater, Journey staff believe it is “the most dynamic, well-organized theater arts group in our region.’’

Journey’s professional-quality school-year musicals are exclusively cast with youth ages 8-18.  More than 600 area youth conduct 100 performances to bring joy to more than 25,000 ticket holders every year.  The cast, crew and production committees are 100 percent volunteer. Parents and friends of cast members create costumes, sets, props and more, while youth are mentored to become future technicians and artistic directors.

For more information, visit www.journeytheater.org.

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