FAIRMONT– This coming week Fairmont Excessive Faculty college students will carry out “Newsies,” its fall musical. The present is believed to be the most important and most advanced present ever undertaken by the highschool’s theater program.
“That is most likely probably the most difficult musical we’ve ever tackled. It’s the largest, it’s the longest, it has probably the most dancing, it has probably the most musical numbers, the songs are advanced, the physicality of what we’re asking them to do is big. We bit off a giant chunk this yr,” mentioned Sara Guhdahl, the play’s stage director.
The present has a report variety of college students concerned and makes use of the most important set ever constructed for this system. General 136 college students are concerned within the manufacturing with 106 forged members and the remaining 30 cut up between the pit and manufacturing crew.
“Newsies” is a 2011 Broadway musical based mostly on the 1992 musical movie of the identical title which in flip is loosely based mostly on the 1899 newsboys’ strike in New York Metropolis. The play facilities round a bunch of younger newspaper hawkers whose demonstrations challenged media moguls William Randolf Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer’s harsh labor practices.
Kira Murphy is a senior at Fairmont Excessive Faculty and performs Racetrack, one of many strikers.
“Largely being a newsie includes loads of athleticism to be sincere, it’s loads of singing and dancing. … It’s a must to absolutely decide to being a newsboy and it’s loads of enjoyable,” mentioned Murphy.
With over 100 forged members, college students are in a variety of roles.
“It’s actually enjoyable to get to place your self within the thoughts of the character … it’s actually enjoyable to get the mannerisms of the character down and get to be any individual else for a scorching minute. It’s actually actually enjoyable to have that escapism of embodying one other individual,” mentioned Murphy.
Christian Thom is a senior who acts because the play’s antagonist Joseph Pulitzer
“It’s enjoyable as a result of for many of your life you’re instructed to be good after which abruptly you get rewarded for being a nasty individual. I get to be smug and narcissistic whereas additionally having a little bit of a enjoyable twist on it,” mentioned Thom.
The play has been in manufacturing since September and rehearsals have been held 4 nights every week, making rehearsals difficult for college students who must stability schoolwork or jobs with their function within the present.
Kyler Wolters is a senior who performs the chief of the strike Jack Kelly.
“It’s been fairly aggravating attempting to get every part collectively however on the similar time it’s additionally loads of enjoyable. I really like working with the individuals round me, all of them do a very good job at attempting to verify every part goes easily,” mentioned Wolters.
Lauren Wheeler is a senior who performs Snyder, a corrupt warden of a juvenile facility.
“This musical has been notably aggravating partially as a result of I’m a senior and it’s one of many issues the place I actually need it to go properly, it’s one of many highlights of my yr,” mentioned Wheeler.
Members of the musical’s pit started rehearsals in late October. Musicians say taking part in in a pit orchestra is dramatically totally different than what they might play in a typical live performance.
“You form of get a really feel for everybody within the pit so we are able to all work collectively,” mentioned Lily Laven, who performs cello within the pit.
“It’s not simply taking part in your music. It’s not simply taking part in the music that’s written; there’s loads of leaping at slicing … it’s completely totally different,” mentioned Paige Linse who performs flute within the pit.
“I at all times say to the scholars, theater is for each individual of each doable curiosity degree in any doable space. Through the years we’ve simply seen our numbers develop and develop and it’s been actually rewarding and thrilling,” mentioned Gudahl.
Performances of “Newsies” will start on Wednesday with a free matinee only for senior residents at 12:30 p.m.
The present will open to most people on Thursday at 7 p.m. and shall be adopted by one other efficiency on the similar time on Friday. If the Cardinals soccer crew have a playoff sport on Nov. 19, the musical shall be carried out on Sunday at 2 p.m. If the Cardinals lose, they are going to have a Saturday present at 7 p.m.
All performances shall be held within the performing arts heart at Fairmont Excessive Faculty.