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Posted on: April 9, 2019

Robert C. Byrd Presents Newsies

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Robert C. Byrd High School is telling the story of the 1899 News Boy Strike with their 2019 spring production of NEWSIES! Newsies is an upbeat, feel good production that tells the story of the News Boys, six to eighteen years old kids, who declared a strike for unfair wages in the paper system. The strike started a trend throughout various industries where other children came together to stand for what they believed in.

According to Becky Mearns, Newsies producer, students can relate to the roles they are taking on with this play. “What makes this production stand out is our kids can relate to the roles they are taking on. Kids are portraying what a difference other children made during this time, and they can relate because our kids are making differences today”, she said. 

RCB’s theater director Ryan Turner chose Newsies as the school’s spring production for various reasons, but two (2) being; the production is topical and the strong male actors present within the RCB theater department, and he felt that was important to showcase that talent.

Cast member, Ryan Longerbeam, recognizes the correlation between the strike of the past and the teacher strikes of the present. “This play tells a real story, and shows the struggles that are faced while striking, and it gives the audience and idea of what the teachers went through during their previous strikes”, he said.

The production features six (6) lead roles played by Frankie Satterfield, Delany Wolfe, , Ryan Longerbeam, Jackson Howe, Alex Hummel and Branner Rock. The production features twenty-five (25) “Newsies”, and a total of 55 supporting roles. Students from Robert C. Byrd High School, Washington Irving Middle School, and Nutter Fort Intermediate School are participating in the production, bringing the RCB school community together.

Turner expressed his gratitude to the community as well as the other entities that have made this production possible. “We couldn’t have done this without the parents and support teams around these kids who have worked so hard to pull this production off. The effort these kids have put in truly shows when they take the stage”, he said.

Newsies will take place at Robert C. Byrd High School Friday, April 12th, Saturday, April 13th, and Sunday, April 14th Friday and Saturday’s shows will take place at 7p.m. and Sunday’s show will be featured at 3p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at http://smallvenueticketing.com/25963, or at the door.

The City of Clarksburg would like to wish good luck to the cast and crew of Newsies!

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