‘Newsies’ debuts; last shows today

The cast of “Newsies” on opening night, Thursday, April 20, 2023, at Cullman High School (Sherry Brown for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman High School Performing Arts debuted its production of the musical “Newsies” Thursday night. The last two performances are today, Saturday, April 22, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.

This musical has several fun dance numbers, choregraphed by Cullman High School Choral Director Sarah Jane Skinner, who is also responsible for the music.

According to Cullman High School Theatre Director Wayne Cook, getting the production ready was a long process. The show was cast in December and rehearsals began in January. The goal, he said, was to create high-quality theater, which demands a lot of time and energy from cast and crew. Fortunately, all the students were up to the task, and they put in many hours rehearsing singing, acting and dancing.

One of the important components of this particular show is the set design. Before it debuted, this is one the aspects Cook was most excited about. “I usually come up with the design of the show and enlist people to assist us as we make a set come to life. This set is massive and so exciting. One must come to see the show to discover what I mean,” Cook told The Tribune in a previous interview. The set design plays a significant role in in the storytelling and brings the audience into the “Newsies” world.

When asked about his thoughts on opening night, Cook said, “We are very pleased with our kids and their performance. They are very talented, and it is a privilege to work with young talent in the Cullman community. It was a great opening and we look forward to the remaining shows.”

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at https://cullmanhs.booktix.com.

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