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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


Newsies Cast:

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 


Production Team

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

SVCS Administration

Custodial Staff

Cafeteria Staff

Faculty and Staff

Kristin Thomas

Terry and John McInerney

Jay Lehmann & Coaches

Connie Rasmussen

Elizabeth Collins

Andrea Stabek

Duane Sterle