Article Written by Hannah Brown, 8th Grader and Writers Club Member
What does it take to put on a play in a junior high? Among directors and choreographers, included are the talents of costume designers and set builders.
Newsies Jr, presented at Mapleton Jr High, is a play set in 1899 Manhattan, New York. Newsies, kids who sell newspapers on the streets, have been mistreated for years. Finally, they are taking a stand for what’s right and just. The actors, actresses, and directors involved in this production strive to help the audience experience this setting and circumstances as realistically as they can. Some necessary contributions to make this happen are the help of the people behind the scenes not often recognized.
Thank you to Ms. Groneman’s 4th period fashion studio class for creating vests and other costume pieces. They all put in lots of work to sew clothing the actors can use in this production!
Thank you to Mr. Collet’s 7th period tech class for creating props and sets used in this play. It takes a lot of work to make backdrops!
Thank you to Maggie Cook for designing T-shirts for the actors to remember this amazing experience!
Thank you to Summer Heringer, Lydia Brown, Jennilyn Hess, Erin Jensen, Eva Mehlenkamp, Jade Myers, Henry Rich, and Dallin Young for contributing to The Newsies Chronicle. Each author wrote a story, poem, cartoon or advertisement that fit into the time period to be used for a newspaper prop.
This entertaining production, based on the Disney Film by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White, will premiere on March 2nd and go through the 6th. Come see the actors and actresses tell the wonderful story of Newsies Jr!