Porthouse Theatre Seizes the Day with Area Premiere of Disney’s Newsies
Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, will close its 49th season with the area premiere of Disney's Newsies.
Directed by producing artistic director Terri Kent, Newsies opens July 28 and runs through Aug. 13. A preview performance will take place on July 27.
Adapted from the Disney film of the same name, Newsies is the exhilarating tale of newsboy Jack Kelly who dreams of a better life far from selling newspapers on the streets of turn-of-the-century New York City. When publishing giants Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise prices and endanger the newsboys’ livelihoods, Jack and his band of newsies find a cause to fight for. Nominated for eight Tony Awards, Newsies has music by Academy Award-winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein.
The production features Bryce Baxter* as Davey; Kent State theatre and dance graduate student Stephen Paul Cramer* as Joseph Pulitzer; Tina D. Stump* as Medda; and Rohn Thomas* as Wiesel, the stage manager, Mr. Jacobi and the mayor.
The production team includes music direction by Associate Professor Jonathan Swoboda, choreography by Assistant Professor MaryAnn Black, costume design by Brittney Harrell, lighting design by alumnus T.C. Kouyeas Jr., scenic design by alumnus Nolan O’Dell, sound design by alumnus Nathan Rosmarin and technical direction by Heather R. Sinclair. Alumna Lisa Kuhnen is the assistant director, Patrick Ulrich is the props master, and alumnus Joshua Brown* is the production stage manager. Harrell, Sinclair and Ulrich are graduate students in Kent State’s School of Theatre and Dance.
Performances are July 27-29 and Aug. 1-5 and Aug. 8-12 at 8 p.m. and July 30 and Aug. 6, 12, and 13 at 2 p.m.
Subscriptions, single and group tickets can be purchased in person at the Porthouse Box Office, located in the Roe Green Center lobby of Kent State’s Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive in Kent, online at porthousetheatre.com or by phone at 330-672-3884.
*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.