(Media release from Rome Little Theatre):

Rome Little Theatre’s production of Newsies Jr. will run August 18-27, 2023  at the DeSoto Theater.

Disney’s Newsies Jr. is a version of the 2012 Broadway musical, based on the 1992 film. Inspired by the rousing true story of newsboys in turn-of-the-century New York City, Newsies Jr. features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.

When powerful newspaper publishers raise prices at the newsboys’ expense, the charismatic Jack Kelly rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions. Together, the newsies learn that they are stronger united and create a movement to fight for what’s right. Including the now-classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies Jr. is a timeless story full of spirit and heart.

The first production of its 90th birthday season, Rome Little Theatre invites the public to “Watch What Happens” as some of the community’s most talented young artists bring this powerful story to life. Full of energetic dance numbers and poignant moments, Newsies Jr. is a story for the whole family. 

Newsies Jr is directed by Hannah Camacho, choreographed by Lacey Lionetti with musical direction by Dr. Tim Renner. The show runs Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm.

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In other RLT news –

Rome Little Theatre will host open auditions for Elf, the Musical on August 21 and 22, 2023 at the DeSoto Theater. 

Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity.

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

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Elf, the Musical will run December 1-10, 2023, Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm.

Newsies Jr.
cast members
Paisely Peck, Alyssa Austin, Abby Kate Jackson, Liam McRee, Liz Suffill, Henry Maloney, Oliver Camacho, Emerson Hunter, Allison Potter, Abbie Thornton