Disney Newsies

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Purchasing Tickets:

  • Online at Brown Paper Tickets.com

  • At the door

  • Please note assigned seating

  • $10 Students w/ASB (any age or school), Senior Citizens, Children under 12, Active Military w/ID.

  • $15 General admission, Students no/ASB.

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December Thu 5, Fri 6, Sat 7 (2pm & 7pm), Fri 13,
Sat 14 (2pm & 7pm), 2019. Sat 7th Understudies.

This event may sell out. Get your tickets early.


Set in New York City at the turn of the twentieth 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 Newsboy’s Strike of 1899, when newsboys Kid Blink and David Simons led a band of orphan and runaway children on a two-week-long action against newspaper publishers Pulitzer and Hearst.


The strike lasted two weeks, from July 19 to August 2, 1899. During that time, the newsboys drew support from newsies all over the Northeast, as well as other young workers like messenger boys, bootblacks, and factory workers. The kids banded together to support one another, and at times things became violent—scabs were attacked on the streets, their papers ripped from them and destroyed to prevent their sale. Some boys lost their nerve and went back to the publishers, settling for the higher price.


The newsies eventually came to a compromise with the publishers: they would purchase their papers at the higher price, but the publishers would buy back any papers that the newsies couldn’t sell—this was more valuable to the newsies than a lower price would have been, as it allowed them to buy papers without the risk of losing money for any that went unsold. The Newsboys’ Strike of 1899 is a significant moment in history; it is one of the first strikes that was carried out by children and it ended in compromise. The kids won! Now see the Musical!

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Lake Washington High School Performing Art Center,
12033 NE 80th Street, Kirkland, WA 98033.   (425) 936-1700

Ms. Morgan Heetbrink, Drama Adviser/Drama Educator, mheetbrink@lwsd.org          Mr. Mark Staiff, Tech Director/Theater Manager, mstaiff@lwsd.org

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