The Northern Star Theatre Company opened its 2019–2020 season with the regional premiere of Disney’s “Newsies” from Wednesday to Sunday, June 12–16. It will continue its run this week from Wednesday to Sunday, June 19–23. This marks the beginning of the inaugural season in Northern Star’s newly renovated location at 12 W. Marshall St., Rice Lake.
Set in New York City at the turn of the 20th century, “Newsies” is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged “newsies,” who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right. “Newsies” is inspired by the real-life newsboys’ strike of 1899, when newsboys Kid Blink and David Simons led a band of orphan and runaway children on a two-weeklong action against newspaper publishers Pulitzer and Hearst.
The cast Is led by some of Rice Lake’s finest talent and features many more talented actors in the ensemble, including Bobby Pittman (Jack Kelly), Luke Morris (Crutchie), Lynsee Schnacky (Katherine), Michael Bihrle (Davey), Caleb Schack (Les), Steve Svendsen (Joseph Pulitzer) and Mara Schack (Medda Larkin).
The ensemble cast also includes Oliver Anderson, Paul Baribeau, Jay Bergson, Brandon Brown, Leila Coleman, Arsen Crisler, Kendra Crotteau,Noah De Yarman, Carson Donze, Michael Duerkop, Nathaniel Hegle, Andrew Hoff, Caroline Hood, Kenny Hood, Kami Klemme, Aidan Kodesh, Kyle Kringle, Henry Kuebli, Matt Kuebli, Stella Kuebli, Rachel Larson, Stephanie Lawrence, Jay Leatherman, Djanko Shuler-Masci, Seryahna Shuler-Masci, Alissandra Mathia, Jeremiah Mathison, Gavin Orson, Clifford Owens, Patrick Pederson, R. Pimentel, Dick Reiten, Tope Schack, Grace Schara, Maya Schumaker, Jorja Shelly, Alex Sprague, Evan Stager, Greg Stager, Logan Stager, Teagan Stager, Promise Svendsen, Elijah Svendsen, Will Svendsen, Lydia Svendsen, Rachel Svendsen, Sarah Svendsen, Kadin Tracy, Nolan Tomesh, Ashley Von Arx, Jeremy Westin, Diana Wolf and Morgan Joy Wolf.
Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children 18 and under. This show is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are available online at www.nstcricelake.org or by calling the box office at 715-736-4444.