SVCD Drama Club Musical, 'Newsies' is a Display of Talent!
The Stockbridge Valley Drama Club presented Disney ‘Newsies’ on November 8th and 9th in the Charles E. Stratton Auditorium.
Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys' expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action.
Directors: Erin Belanger and Lzay Colella
Vocal Director: Adam Chandler
Lighting Designer: Michael Broughton
Pit Conductor: Tim Watson
Jack Kelly, played by Ethan Smith leads the cast to strike against the newspaper tycoon, Pulitzer, played by the director's husband, Dr. Evan Belanger. Along the way, Jack Kelly befriends Pulitzer's daughter, Katherine Plumber, played by Becca Ax and convinces her to rebel against her own father's unfair labor practices. The comedic character, Crutchie, played by Emma Copperwheat, brings to light the challenges young children with disabilities faced in the early 1900s. Brothers, Davey and Les, played by Alex Smith and Tim Bernet, also star in Stockbridge Valley's production this year.
Pit Band: Pit Director, Tim Watson; Reed, Bill Pomares; Trumpet, Chuck Penfield; Trombome, Marty
Makeup Student Assistant: Autumn Mills
Crew: Evan Baker, Hailey Bernet, Rowan Cady, Camdyn Cross, Jack Cross, Arien Foster, Brooke Gillespie, Rachel Mennig, Abby Smith, and Alexandra Spring
Light/Sound Student Assistant: Alyssa Enslow and Ethan Enslow
Directors Erin Belanger & Lzay Colella
Vocal Directors Erin Belanger & Adam Chandler
Choreographer Lzay Colella
Pit Director Tim Watson
Set Designers Erin Smith, Jason Walters, Dan Graves
Set Builders Erin Smith, Jason Walters, Dan Graves, Becca Ax, Brandon Eastman, Chad Masker, Abby Tucker
Lighting Designer Michael Broughton
Sound Technician Jay Lehmann
Ticket Coordinator Pam Mennig
Costume Designers Karen Ax, Marlene Boronow, Kellie Copperwheat, Cathy Misiaszek
Parent Volunteer/Food Coordinator Kristin Guinto, Barb Collins
Stage Manager Evan Belanger Hair/Makeup Mindy Reeder
Special thanks to:
Board of Education
Faculty and Staff
Terry and John McInerney
Jay Lehmann & Coaches