The Weyburn Comprehensive School's Junior Musical Theatre Group is proud to present their latest performance, tonight at the Cugnet Centre. 'Newsies' will transport audience members to the mean streets of New York in 1899 and share the inspiring tale of those children struggling to make a living by selling newspapers, and their rise against unfair working conditions. The opening act is at 7:00 p.m. tonight, with two additional performances to follow on the 22nd and 23rd. Director Brayden Jensen shares that although the story is compelling, the musical scores are sure to have the audience hooked.
"That's why we decided to pick this one; The music is good and you'll be leaving humming those songs in your head," said Jensen.
The Director is not the only one convinced of the musical's ability to capture an audience, though. First time performer, Chris Diane, says that he is looking forward to delivering a powerful performance as Jack Kelly to the stage.
"We have some new kids coming to join us in this performance, which brings me a lot of excitement. Portraying Jack's charismatic nature will be quite challenging for me, but I'm not really nervous. Really, I'm ecstatic. It's going to be great! I hope everyone comes to see the Juniors perform and that they enjoy the show!"
Also playing a lead role in the musical performance is long-time student-actor, Bailey Roy. She will portray the quick, witty, and resourceful Katherine Plumber while drawing from her extensive experience on-stage.
"I have done acting, singing, and dance for a long time. I began in elementary school with 'Rainbow Fish' and 'Lion King', then some other performances at the Tommy Douglas Center. I've done productions with The Dance Zone, and musical theatre with Marley's Dance Effex. I was also in 'Matilda' and 'Frozen' with the Comp!"
While Roy has played many characters throughout her career, she feels a certain affinity for Katherine Plummer which will surely shine through during her performance.
"I find that much of my personality matches my character. I love her confidence, her strength, and the precision of her words. She is not afraid to say what she wants, and when she wants it."
Following a live dress-rehearsal performance for a collection of students from Weyburn's schools, the cast and crew are fine-tuned and ready to break a leg for their opening night performance. See them tonight at the Cugnet Centre at 7:00 p.m., only $15 per adult ticket or $10 for students and seniors. 'Newsies' will also play the nights of November 22nd and 23rd, also at 7:00 p.m., for those who miss tonight's performance.
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