By Kalinowski, Tim on October 4, 2019.
Lethbridge Musical Theatre makes its triumphant return to the main stage of the Yates Memorial Centre after a five-year hiatus with a new production of “Newsies” Nov. 1-3 and Nov. 7-9.
LMT board member Tyler Strang said he and all members of the troupe are excited to be back.
“I hope this show really drills into peoples’ heads that LMT is back,” he said. “That we’re back and better than ever, and we’re going to continuing doing shows in the future and producing amazing works of art.”
“Newsies” will be presented in partnership with the Chinook High School Music Theatre Studies program, and will be a blended production between youth performers from the school and others drawn from the community at large, said Strang.
“It’s a great show to do when you have a youth and community mixed,” confirmed Strang, who will also serve as stage manager for the production. “That’s the whole idea with this: to get Chinook High School to work with the community around it and put on this big show. The amount of people who came out to audition for this show was amazing for Lethbridge.”
CHS music theatre teacher David Mikuliak will serve as director for the show. He promised “Newsies” would bring high energy and massive entertainment value for audiences of all ages.
“It is based around a very energetic youth dance chorus,” he explained. “This project is very dance-oriented, and I think it provided our students with a real growth opportunity to investigate that aspect of the three things that exist in music theatre – singing, acting and dancing. Our students love it. They love the story. They love of the profile of that Newsie chorus. When you look at it historically, the musical is loosely based on the 1900 Newsie strike that occurred in New York.”
Mikuliak said those who might have seen the Disney film will be pleasantly surprised at the differences between the film and the stage production.
“The music is super-engaging, highly energetic, and the dance is absolutely captivating,” he confirmed. “There is a lot of energy in this show, and the goal for us is to make sure the show just really rolls along all the way through (to the final curtain call). I think the audience is going to be really engaged and enthusiastic to come out and support Lethbridge Musical Theatre again, and to support our student performers as well.”
Tickets for Lethbridge Musical Theatre’s production of “Newsies” can be purchased online at http://www.enmaxcentre.ca or in person at Yates Theatre and Enmax box offices. LMT is offering a special incentive $5 discount on all tickets purchased before Oct. 16.
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