Paper boys strike gold in 'Newsies' at Arts Center


Disney's "Newsies" is being produced by the Arts Center for its premiere in the Carolinas, running Dec. 6-31. The production features songs by Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, lyricist Jack Feldman, and book by Harvey Fierstein.

"Newsies" became an unqualified hit and cultural phenomenon after landing on Broadway in 2012, earning eight Tony nods, two wins and running more than two years before launching a national tour and a filmed version of the production.

Set to a hummable score of rousing songs, the story is about a group of endearing street urchins, full of moxie and dreams, led by the king of the newsies, Jack Kelly (played by Tim Quartier, returning to the Arts Center after starring in "Forever Plaid") who helps the others organize what becomes a "union."

The result involves high-flying dancing, from tumbling to tap, and everything in between. In addition to the acrobatic, energetic dance, "Newsies" has pure heart, a sprinkling of romance and, of course, Disney magic.

"The true story of a lovable gang of teenage 'newsies' who take on the mighty Joseph Pulitzer is the very definition of great Broadway entertainment," said director Mark Martino. "I'm so delighted to once again be joined by choreographer Shea Sullivan, who created the dances for last year's White Christmas, to present Hilton Head Island with the perfect family show."

Along with Martino and Sullivan, the creative team includes musical direction by Helen Gregory, scenic design by Charles Kading, costume design by Jennifer Van Buskirk, lighting design by Brian Riley and sound by Aaron Vockley.

The set of the Arts Center show is three stories of scaffolding that tracks on and off, as well as up and down, the stage. To say it's a "big holiday musical" is apt. The production required more than 300 costume pieces, 24 pairs of custom dance shoes, and more than 250 props.

Tickets for previews on Dec. 6 and 7 are $49 for adults and $36 for children (age 5 to 15). Regular tickets are $59 for adults and $46 for children. To purchase, call 843-842-2787 or visit www.artshhi .com.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Dec. 8-31, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays.

The Arts Center is located at 14 Shelter Cove Lane on Hilton Head Island.

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