Newsies make headlines once again!

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KISSY KISSY. Jack and Katherine have a little smooch.

KISSY KISSY. Jack and Katherine have a little smooch.

KISSY KISSY. Jack and Katherine have a little smooch.

KISSY KISSY. Jack and Katherine have a little smooch.

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  • ROUGH PUT-DOWN. Crutchie gets beaten by the authorities during a strike.

  • IDEA TIME. Katherine gives her ideas for a story to the newsie boys.

  • SINGING LOUD. Newsies sing out with lots of enthusiasm.

  • DECISIONS DECISIONS. Pulitzer and his associates contemplate some tough decisions.

  • BROTHERLY LOVE. Les and Jack show their brother like relationship.

  • LONGING. Jack Kelly longs to move to Santa Fe, New Mexico to escape New York and the strike.

  • STILL SMILING. Crutchie still finds the strength to smile while in the refuge.

  • MAKING NEWS. Newsies admire making their mark on the front page.

  • RETHINKING YOUR OPTIONS. Jack Kelly rethinks the strike and discusses an alternative option with the newsies.

  • IN YOUR FACE. Jack Kelly surprises Pulitzer with some new information.

  • RALLYING TOGETHER. The newsies get together as they prepare to go on strike.

  • SEIZE THE DAY. Newsies prepare to go on strike once again.

  • READY. SET. POSE. Some girls at a local theater put on a show.

  • SASSY PANTS. Medda Larkin gives a sassy performance at her theater.

  • FINALE. All characters from Newsies come out and join in for the concluding song.

  • HERE COMES THE CAVALRY. President Teddy Roosevelt comes in to foil Pulitzer's plan once and for all.

  • MAKING PAPES. Newsies come together to print their own newspapers.

  • READING LETTERS. Katherine comforts Jack after what he considered a fail on his part,

  • WAITER. Newsies meet at the local cafe for a little treat.

  • KISSY KISSY. Jack and Katherine have a little smooch.

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 After weeks of many long hours of practice, BHS students present Newsies. This production even made some musical haters out there have a change of heart as they were swept into the streets of New York City during the Newsboy strike in 1899. The audience is taken into the life of a newsie and as the strike escalates, physical and emotional challenges increase and become more frequent.


 Jack Kelly, played by Porter Williams, is the leader of a newsies strike that was organized when Mr. Pulitzer, played by Austin Vale, has the prices increase ten cents forcing the newsies to sell more newspapers in order to gain the same pay as before. With the help of the charming news reporter Katherine Plumber, played by Avery Brown, the newsies are finally able to have a voice and give Pulitzer a run for his money.


 Throughout all the commotion that comes from running a strike, romance seeps in to make things even more complicated. Jack Kelly becomes torn between following his dreams of going to Santa Fe, New Mexico, or following his heart to Katherine Plumber.


 Newsies is my favorite musical of all time so there was no keeping me from watching the school production, and since Porter would be playing Jack Kelly, I knew there was no way I could even be slightly disappointed. I couldn’t decide on a specific part that was my favorite, but like most others, I loved Santa Fe and I got goosebumps as Porter poured his heart and soul in song.


 The song that was probably the most emotional was when the crippled newsie Crutchie, played by Morgan Breshears, sang a song while in the children’s refuge. This song takes place after Crutchie was badly beaten and taken away by the authorities. He sings this song while writing a letter to Jack and the emotion put into this song is almost too overwhelming.


 Aside from the phenomenal singing, the dancing was another thing that turned out especially well. From dancing on benches to doing back handsprings and then going into a backflip, the choreography was very well done and added a fun element to the production.


 All in all, Newsies was absolutely astounding and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a high school production so well done. The talents of the students at Blackfoot High are remarkable and I can’t wait for more performances like this to come around.READING LETTERS. Katherine comforts Jack after what he considered a fail on his part,