West Point production of ‘Newsies’ opens; public shows Friday-Sunday

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FAIRVIEW, Ala. – On Thursday morning, West Point High School Theatre opened the first in-school performance of Disney’s “Newsies” at Fairview High School’s auditorium.  It wasn’t without its challenges: moving a cast and set from a converted gym across the county onto a real theatrical stage, bringing scenes rehearsed for months in one place to life in some place new, and facing a first experience for a number of student actors new to the theater.  But the cast and crew, along with their faculty directors, just seemed to look forward to the challenge.

After they got that first show under their belts, West Point Librarian and show co-director Kimberly Harbison told The Tribune, “Our first day of shows went extremely well.  Our cast was full of energy right from the first number, and we are proud of how the performances went today. Many of our cast members are first-time performers on the stage, and they realized just how much fun it is to perform for an audience.  Students from Fairview High School, West Point High School and West Point Middle School attended the two shows. We are looking forward to our shows on Friday and the weekend.”

Harbison expressed hope that the school shows might do more than just entertain, saying, “Friday we host West Point Elementary and West Point Intermediate Schools, and we hope to inspire some future performers with ‘Newsies.’”

Public shows begin Friday evening.

At a glance

West Point High School Theatre production of “Newsies”

  • Public shows Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m.
  • All shows at Fairview High School auditorium, 841 Welcome Road, Cullman
  • Admission $10

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