Newsies Cast Ready to Start Rehearsals


Emri Jenkins, staff writer

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Newsies will be the spring musical and the leads have already been cast by director Lynzi McAdams.

Newsies, a musical based on the New York City newsboy strike of 1899, follows young newspaper sellers exploited beyond reason by their bosses as they set out to enact change and are met by the ruthlessness of big business.

The cast will begin rehearsing at the beginning of the spring semester.

HEADLINER: Sydney Beeson, who plays Katherin Plumber,  is just plain excited to start rehearsing. She thinks the greatest value of taking part in the musical iS the friendships cast memberS build. Beeson’s character is a young journalist who eventually grows extremely close to newsboy and lead character Jack Kelly who will be played by senior Paysen Robinson.


DIVA: Sophomore Ki Simkins will play the part of Medda Larkin, a big-voiced saloon singer who offers her theater as a safe haven for the newsies. 
“I am most excited to spend time with friends and the seniors graduating this year and also having a part in the play,” said Simkins.

Last year’s spring musical, The Little Mermaid, was never performed thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak. The show was cancelled a day before the first scheduled performance after the cast had spent months preparing for the show. “It was just sad to get so close to performing and then being able to when so many people had put in the hard work,” said Preston Buehler who was cast to play one of Ursula’s henchmen Flotsam.

The cast will begin working now to be ready to put on the musical for students and community members in March.