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Music by ALAN MENKEN
Lyrics by JACK FELDMAN
Book by HARVEY FIERSTEIN

Based on the popular 1992 disney film!

Directed by Tim Nelson
Choreography by Ashley-Simone Kirchner
Musical Direction by Brian Axford

At Park Playhouse in Washington Park

August 6 - 24, 2019

Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30pm

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Now is the time to seize the day with this inspiring tale... Based on the classic 1992 Disney film, and inspired by a true story, Newsies tells the story of Jack Kelly, a charismatic leader of a band of newsboys. When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsies’ expense, Jack rallies the boys to strike against unfair conditions and fight for what’s right. Disney’s Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, boasting classics songs such as “King of New York,” and “Carrying the Banner.” It’s perfect summer entertainment for the whole family!

Disney Newsies is presented through arrangement with Music Theatre International

 featuring…

Jack Kelly - Jake Goodman
Crutchie - Jon Maltz
Davey - Hayden Chenette
Les - Michael Jantson
Race - Scout Santoro
Finch - Alexis Papaleo
Romeo - Dan Jantson
Mush - Roan Butterfield
Buttons - Ryan DeSacia
Tommy Boy - Allie Seebode
Albert - Alex Hunt
Elmer- Frances Johnson
Specs - Andrew Kirby
Jo Jo - Ava Papaleo
Henry - J.J. Razzano
Mike - Garrett Collins
Ike - Emma Cornish
Katherine - Annabelle Duffy (8/6-8/17) Claire Flynn (8/20-8/24)
Medda Larkin - Luca Verner
Pulitzer - Jake Lehning
Hannah/Nun - Claire Flynn (8/6-8/17)
Snyder/Guard/Policeman - Jakob Marer
Wiesel/Stage Manager/Mr Jacobi/Mayor - Zack Holdridge
Morris Delancey - Brandon McElvene
Oscar Delancey - Xavier Allen
Seitz - Dominick Barbalache
Bunsen/Nun - Maeve Nielsen
Bill/Newsie Ens. - Jason Sorrano
Woman/Nun/Bowery Beauty/Newsie Ens. - Grace Fitzgerald
Nunzio/Bowery Beauty/Newsie Ens. - MacKenzie Campbell
Spot Conlon/Newsie Ens. - Aiden Halsey
Scab/Newsie Ens. - Tia Santicola-Jones
Scab/Newsie Ens. - Catherine Jantson
Darcy/Newsie Ens. - TBD

Bowery Beauties & Newsie Ensemble:

Bella Condo
Caitlyn Efner
Maggie Hayes
Marianna Loomis
Madeleine Roussin
Ariana Mullin
Rieleigh Smith

Cast Biographies:

XAVIER ALLEN (Oscar Delancey) is excited to be back at park for the 31st season. Previous credits include, SWEET CHARITY (Oscar Lindquist) Albany High, MUSIC MAN (Ensemble), YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Linus), HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS… (Tackaberry) Park Playhouse/Playhouse Stage Company. And would like to thank friends and family for supporting through everything.

ROAN BUTTERFIELD (Mush) is thrilled to be a part of Disney's Newsies at Park Playhouse this summer! Previous credits with Park Playhouse include: A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (Snoopy), THE MUSIC MAN (Winthrop), DAMN YANKEES (Fan Club), and HOW TO SUCCEED… (Ensemble). He also participates with various community theaters and is a member of the Suburban Council Chorus. Roan would like to thank his parents, friends, and his extended theater family for all of their support! 

MACKENZIE CAMPBELL (Nunzio/Ensemble) is so excited to be back in the Park for NEWSIES! MacKenzie is a rising senior at Academy of the Holy Names, with plans to go into the medical field. Past credits include LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Mrs. Luce), THE MUSIC MAN (Alma Hix), INTO THE WOODS (Lucinda), THE LITTLE MERMAID, Park Playhouse; CINDERELLA (Grace), OKLAHOMA (Aunt Eller), ANNIE (Grace Farrell), AHN. Many thanks to the entire Park Playhouse team, her family, and the wonderful cast and crew! Enjoy the show!  

HAYDEN CHENETTE (Davy) is going to be senior at Averill Park High School and is excited to be performing in Disney’s Newsies at Park Playhouse! This is Hayden’s sixth production with Park Playhouse and he’s happy to stick around for another great season. He would like to thank his friends and family for their endless love and support. Enjoy the show!

GARRETT COLLINS (Mike) is excited to be part of Disney’s Newsies! Garrett’s previous Park Playhouse credits include: YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Schroeder), JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (James), DAMN YANKEES (Ensemble), RAGTIME (Little Boy), DISNEY’S LION KING JR. (Young Simba), INTO THE WOODS (Narrator), A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (Charlie Brown) and SEUSSICAL JR (JoJo).  Special thanks to my family and friends for their support; best to my fellow castmates for a great season! 

BELLA CONDO (Ensemble) is excited to be a part of her third Park Playhouse production. Previous credits include: RENT (Ensemble) at SYFI; YOUR A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Eudora), HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING (Ensemble) at Park Playhouse; PETER PAN JR (Mrs. Darling) at Goff Middle School. Thank you to my family for all the love and support! 

EMMA CORNISH (Ike) is so excited to be back with Park Playhouse for Newsies! Previous credits include, LION KING JR (Shenzi), URINETOWN (McQueen) Park Playhouse; ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Ti Moune) Syfi; 13: THE MUSICAL (Patrice) Broadway Sings; HAIRSPRAY (Penny), PARADE (Iola) Masterclass Performing Arts. She would like to thank all of her family and good friends, plus her dog and especially grandparents for having so much faith in her. She would also like to thank her vocal coach Lisa Franklin and Bill Hennings for their help and support and Orlando School of Dance for teaching her all her moves.

RYAN DeSACIA (Buttons) is thrilled to be back at Park Playhouse for the 31st Season.  Ryan is thirteen years old and attends Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland.  Previous credits include:  BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Lefou) Debuts Theater; LES MISERABLES (Gavroche) Guilderland High School; SHREK JR (Donkey) Farnsworth Middle School; YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (Pig Pen), JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR (Earthworm) & THE MUSIC MAN (Ensemble) Park Playhouse.  Ryan is very thankful to his family, friends and Park Playhouse for their unwavering support.  Enjoy the show!

ANNABELLE DUFFY (Katherine) is 18 years old and recently graduated from Albany High School. Annabelle is thrilled to be returning to the Washington Park stage in her tenth production with Park Playhouse. This fall, she will head to Carnegie Mellon University to study Musical Theatre. Recent credits include SWEET CHARITY (Charity) at Albany High School; LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Crystal) at Playhouse Stage Company; HAIRSPRAY (Tracy Turnblad) at Albany High School.  Last year, Annabelle was the recipient of the Best Actress award at The High School Musical Theatre Awards at Proctors for her role of Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, an opportunity that would allow her to compete nationally in the 2018 Jimmy Awards in NYC. She sends her love and appreciation to her family: Mom, Dad, Declan and Joj, as well as Lisa Franklin, Dales, Greg, and Noelle. MUCH LOVE! 

CAITLYN EFNER (Ensemble) is excited to be in her second Park Playhouse production. Previous credits include LITTLE MERMAID (Flounder) Shenendehowa High School; PIPPIN (Thea) Proctors School of Performing Arts; SPRING AWAKENING (Young Martha/featured dancer) Lights Up Productions; GREASE (Ensemble) Schenectady Light Opera; to name a few.  Caitlyn is a senior who plans to study musical theater in college. She'd like to thank the cast and production staff for this amazing experience!

GRACE FITZGERALD (Ensemble) is thrilled to be on the stage with Park Playhouse for the third summer.  Previous credits include: TITANIC (Alice Beane) Bethlehem High School; BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Belle) Debut's Theatre; HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS (Ensemble) Park Playhouse; ANNIE (Grace Farrell) Debut's Theater.  Grace will be attending Emerson College in the fall to study screen writing.  Thank you to my family for all of their love and support. 

CLAIRE FLYNN (Hannah/Katherine) is excited to be working with Park Playhouse again this summer.  Previous credits include: URINETOWN (Little Becky Two Shoes/Mrs. Millennium) Playhouse Stage Co.; WEST SIDE STORY (Maria) SLOC; RUMORS (Cookie) & HAIRSPRAY! (Penny) Consortium Actors; SPRING AWAKENING (Ilse) Lights Up. Thank you to Shirley Arensberg for giving me my first role, to Fran Wittmann for your guidance, to my family for their support, and to everyone at PPH for an amazing summer!

JAKE GOODMAN (Jack Kelly) is beyond thrilled to be returning for his sixth summer at Park Playhouse! Some of Jake’s favorite roles include Finch (HOW TO SUCCEED...), Bobby Strong (URINETOWN), and Seymour Krelborn (LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS) with Playhouse Stage Company. Jake wishes to thank Chuck Kraus, Owen Smith, Ashley-Simone Kirchner, and Tim Nelson for their wonderful support and for helping him grow. Jake also wishes to thank his whole family, especially his mom, for their endless love and support!

AIDAN JACKSON HALSEY (Spot Conlon/Ensemble) is excited to be carrying the banner with the Newsies of New York. Previous credits include: URINETOWN (Tiny Tom), HOW TO SUCCEED (Jenkins/Ensemble), BEST CHRISTMAS PAGENT EVER (Ralph Herdman), LION KING JR (Mufasa) at Park Playhouse; NEWSIES (Pulitzer), WIZARD OF OZ (Lion) at SYFI; NEWSIES (Jack Kelly), HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (Troy Bolton), ANNIE (Oliver Warbucks), HAIRSPRAY (Link Larkin), WILLY WONKA (Charlie) at MCPA; WEDDING SINGER (Sammy), INTO THE WOODS (Jack), ADDAMS FAMILY (Pugsley) at Lights Up Productions; BE MORE CHILL (Jeremy Heere) at Fallen Chandelier Productions, 13 THE MUSICAL (Evan) at Broadway Sings. Thanks to Bill Hennings my all the vocal lessons/coaching; Mom, Dad, Alexia and Adrianna for all the continued love and support (and countless rides).

MAGGIE HAYES (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at Park Playhouse for a fifth summer. Previous Park Playhouse credits include: URINETOWN, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER, and THE MUSIC MAN. She has also performed in other shows around the area such as THE SOUND OF MUSIC and 13. She would like to thank her family and everyone at Park Playhouse for their support. 

ZACK HOLDRIDGE (Wiesel/Mr. Jacobi) is excited to perform in Newsies this summer. This is his 1st production outside of school. Some of his past productions include: Annie Jr.(Bert Healy) Southgate Elementary School, Bye Bye Birdie(Mr. Johnson), High School Musical(Jock #3), Guys & Dolls (The Waiter), Brigadoon(Stuart Dalrymple), & Newsies(Romeo) at Shaker High School. He would like to give a big thank you to the cast and crew for an amazing time! He would also like to thank his friends and family for supporting him through all he does. He would most like to thank the directors for such a great opportunity and for giving him a great experience this summer! He also hopes you enjoy the show! 

Alexander Hunt (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to Park Playhouse after appearing in “Damn Yankees” last summer. After competing in the Junior Olympics for gymnastics, he found and fell in love with theatre. A few credits include: “Freefall Frostbite” (Off Broadway), “Mamma Mia” (North Carolina Theatre),  “A Chorus Line” (Broadway Series South), and “Newsies” (Derby Dinner Playhouse). Many thanks and endless love to Mom and Dad , follow @AlexanderEdmund to see what’s coming up! 

CATHERINE JANTSON (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back for her fourth Park Playhouse II show, this time performing with both her brothers! She will be a senior at Bethlehem this fall. Recent credits include: TITANIC (Kate Murphey), Bethlehem High School, and HOW TO SUCCEED… (Ensemble), Park Playhouse. Catherine recently student directed THE LION KING JR. at Bethlehem Middle School. She is a student at Broadway Bound Performing Arts Academy. She thanks her family, friends, and teachers for their support. 

DANIEL JANTSON (Romeo) is excited to be back for his second Park Playhouse II show. He will be a sophomore at Bethlehem this fall. Recent credits include: TITANIC (Barrett) Bethlehem High School; YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Linus) & HOW TO SUCCEED… (Ensemble) at Park Playhouse; PETER PAN JR (Captain Hook) Bethlehem Middle School. Daniel is a student at Broadway Bound Performing Arts Academy. He would like to thank his family for supporting him through all of his shows. 

MICHAEL JANTSON (Les) is thrilled to be a part of his first Park Playhouse II show and to be performing with his sister and brother! He will be a fifth grader at Bethlehem this fall. Recent credits include: TITANIC (Jack Thayer) Bethlehem High School; YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Rerun) & JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR. (Ensemble) at Park Playhouse. Michael is a student at Broadway Bound Performing Arts Academy. He thanks his family for their support.

FRANCES JOHNSON (Elmer) is a 14 year old and is very excited to be participating in Park Playhouse’s production of Newsies. She has been involved in acting classes and dance classes at Broadway Bound Performing Arts academy for 4 years, and took a half year of dance with Park Playhouse. She was previously in TITANIC (Bellboy) Bethlehem High School, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Lucy) & HOW TO SUCCEED… (Ensemble) at Park Playhouse. She is very excited for this season at Park Playhouse!

ANDREW KIRBY, JR. (Specs) is so excited to be back for the 31st Season of Park Playhouse.  Previous credits include:  YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Charlie Brown) Playhouse Stage Company at Cohoes Music Hall; TITANIC (Harold Bride) Bethlehem High School; GREASE (Ensemble) SLOC; HOW TO SUCCEED… (Ensemble) Park Playhouse; LION KING JR. (Simba) Park Playhouse at Cohoes Music Hall; PETER PAN JR. (John Darling) & ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR. (Agwe) at Bethlehem Middle School.  Many thanks to my family for their love and encouragement.

JACOB LEHNING (Joseph Pulitzer) is thrilled to be back at Park Playhouse for the 31st season. Some of Jake’s favorite previous credits include: YAGMCB (Linus Van Pelt) Family Players of NENY; FOOTLOOSE (Reverend Shaw Moore) Schenectady Light Opera Company; and THE PRODUCERS (Leo Bloom) CBA Theatre Dept. Park Playhouse/Playhouse Stage Company credits include: THE MUSIC MAN (Marcellus Washburn), BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER (Reverend Hopkins),  LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Mr. Mushnik), HOW TO SUCCEED… (J.B. Biggley), URINETOWN (Caldwell B. Cladwell), AVENUE Q (Ensemble), and CURIOUS GEORGE: THE GOLDEN MEATBALL (Chef Pisghetti). Beginning in fall of 2019 Jake will be attending Emerson College in Boston, MA for Theatre Education & Performance. Jake would like to thank his family, friends, and multiple coaches for their constant training, love and support. 

MARIANNA LOOMIS (Ensemble) will be a Sophomore at Columbia High School in the fall. She is delighted to be performing in her third Park Playhouse production. Some previous credits include: HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: ON STAGE (Sharpay Evans) Master Class Performing Arts; INTO THE WOODS (Lucinda) SYFI; YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Peppermint Patty) Park Playhouse, and BIG FISH (Ensemble) Columbia Players. She would like to thank her family and friends for being so supportive.

JON MALTZ (Crutchie) is so excited to perform in NEWSIES, his first summer in the park! His previous credits include LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Seymour) Park Playhouse; FOOTLOOSE (Ren) Shenendehowa; HAIRSPRAY (Link) Consortium Actors; and RENT (Mark) SYFI. He would like to thank the cast, the staff, and his family for helping to further his theatrical experiences. 

 JAKOB MARER (Snyder) is thrilled to be back at Park Playhouse.  Previous credits include: SHREK THE MUSICAL (Shrek), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Beast), YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU (Paul Sycamore) Cohoes High School; YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (Pigpen) Park Playhouse. Much love to his family and friends, Owen, Ashley, Christian Gunn, Lisa Franklin, and Charles Bergell for all of their love and support.

BRANDON MCELVENE (Morris Delancey) is completely stoked to be part of yet another show this time joining the Park Playhouse family with a hope to stay! Previous credits include FOOTLOSE (Bickle) Shenendehowa Musical Company; 12 ANGRY JURORS (JUROR #5) Shenendehowa Drama Club; HAIRSPRAY (Duane).

ARIANA MULLIN (Ensemble) is very excited for this show. Some previous credits include: WIZARD OF OZ (Glinda), DROWSY CHAPERONE (Trix), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Andrea), NEWSIES (Finch/ Dance Captain) at Syfi; SEUSSICAL (Jojo) Consortium Actors; YOURE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Violet) Park Playhouse. Ariana dances at Merritt Dance Center training in ballet, tap, jazz, baton, and acrobatics. She’d like to thank the cast and production team for all their hard work on this show.

MAEVE NIELSEN (Bunsen) is so glad to be back in the park for another season. Maeve will be a sophomore in the fall at Academy of the Holy Names. Her most recent credits include: THE DROWSY CHAPERONE (Drowsy Chaperone) SYFI, URINETOWN (Ensemble) Park Playhouse. Maeve would like to thank Park Playhouse for all of their guidance on this journey. And a big thanks to her family for their endless support.

ALEXIS PAPALEO (Finch) is thrilled to be back at Park Playhouse for her 7th season. Previous Park Playhouse credits include: URINETOWN (Little Sally), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Audrey), HOW TO SUCCEED... (Smitty), MUSIC MAN (Zaneeta). A CHRISTMAS STORY (Ensemble/Tap soloist), GYPSY (Baby June) at Capital Repertory Theater. She would like to thank her family and the creative team for all their support! 

AVA PAPALEO ( Jo Jo) is thrilled to be back at Park Playhouse for her 4th summer.  Past shows  include LITTLE MERMAID ( Flounder) , RAGTIME ( Little Girl) DAMN YANKEES , JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH ( Ladahlore ), YOUR A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN ( Sally),  A CHRISTMAS STORY ( Grover Dill) at Capital Repertory Theatre. Ava is so thankful to Park Playhouse and to her family. Summer just wouldn’t be summer without the Park shows. 

JJ RAZZANO (Henry) is very excited to be a part of this production of Disney’s Newsies for his first show with Park Playhouse.  His most memorable roles include DISNEY'S NEWSIES (Finch), SOUTH PACIFIC (Jerome) Shaker High School Theatre Department; JOSEPH … DREAMCOAT (Benjamin), HAIRSPRAY (Sketch) Consortium Actors; BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Lumiere) Debuts Theatre Company; BYE BYE BIRDIE (Conrad Birdie), HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (Troy Bolton), SHREK JR. (Shrek), CR Kids. He thanks his family for their endless amount of support.    

MADELEINE ROUSSIN (Ensemble) is excited to return to the park and be a part of the cast of Newsies. Some of Madeleine’s favorite performances have been: CINDERELLA (Ensemble), MUSIC MAN (Gracie Shinn) Park Playhouse; BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Chip) Debuts Theater Company. Madeleine loves to dance and read and her free time as well as draw. Madeleine would like to thank Park Playhouse for the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful cast along with her friends and family for their support. 

TIA VICTORIA SANTICOLA JONES (Ensemble) enjoys her sixth Park Playhouse show. Previous roles include: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, JR. (Ti Moune), LITTLE MERMAID (Sebastian), SHREK (Donkey), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Mrs. Potts), Debuts Theater; INTO THE WOODS, JR. (Witch), ALADDIN, JR. (Genie), Cue Theatre; INTO THE WOODS (Jack's Mother), SYFI Theater; INTO THE WOODS, JR. (Witch), LION KING, JR. (Rafiki), Myers Middle School. Tia Victoria attends Albany public schools and is 14 years old.

SCOUT SANTORO (Race) is ecstatic to be performing in his fourth show at Park Playhouse! Past Park Playhouse credits include: CHARLIE BROWN (Schroeder), HOW TO SUCCEED... (Gatch) and THE MUSIC MAN (Ensemble). Other notable performances include NEWSIES (Jack Kelly), BRIGADOON (Duncan MacGregor) Shaker High School; SISTER ACT (Ensemble), WEST SIDE STORY (Doc) Schenectady Light Opera Company. Scout would like to give a tremendous thank you to his family, friends, and the Park Playhouse staff. Enjoy the show!

ALLIE SEEBODE (Tommy Boy) just turned 15 and is so excited to be back at Park and a part of NEWSIES! Some favorite credits include: YAGMCB (Lucy Van Pelt) Playhouse Stage Co; TITANIC (Madeleine Astor) Stage 700; H2$ (Ensemble), MUSIC MAN (Ensemble), THE LITTLE MERMAID (Ensemble) Park Playhouse; as well as A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL (Esther Jane) Capital Rep. Allie would like to thank everyone at Park and her family for this opportunity. Enjoy the show!

RIELEIGH SMITH (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at Park Playhouse for the 31st Season.  Previous credits include: ANNIE (Annie) Mac-Haydn Theatre; OLIVER (Oliver) FMS; BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER (Ollie Herdman), THE MUSIC MAN (Amaryllis) Park Playhouse; INTO THE WOODS (Little Red Riding Hood), SHREK Jr. (Fiona), WIZARD OF OZ (Scarecrow) SYFI; LES MIS (Young Cosette) Guilderland Players.  Rieleigh wishes to thank her Directors, teachers and family for their encouragement, love and support.  

 JASON SORANNO (Bill/Ensemble) is excited to make his Park Playhouse debut. Previous credits include: GREASE (Danny Zuko), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Motel Kamzoil) at Lansingburgh High School; INTO THE WOODS (Rapunzel’s Prince), THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Ensemble), NEWSIES (Crutchie) with Staging Youths’ Future, Inc; SUESSICAL (Horton the Elephant) at Knickerbacker Middle School.

LUCA VERNER (Medda Larkin) is proud to be involved with her 6th production with Park Playhouse and her first summer show in the park. Previous credits include: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Audrey II), URINETOWN (Penelope Pennywise) & SEUSSICAL (Sour Kangaroo). Add’l credits include: NEXT TO NORMAL (Natalie) Lights Up Productions; RENT (Maureen) & …SPELLING BEE (Olive) SYFI.  Thanks to Owen, Chuck, Ashley, Tim and Dennis for all of your guidance and support both on stage and in life.