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'Newsies,' HHS senior class play, opens tonight

Hendersonville High School senior class play opens tonight, a production as tradition demands that is chosen by the students and serves as a parting gift to the school and community.


The Senior Class of 2019 will be performing “Newsies.” Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, the musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action. With help from reporter Katherine Plumber, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of “the little man.” Can a group of idealistic newsboys win against a foe as powerful as acclaimed publisher Joseph Pulitzer? “Newsies” is a joyful and entertaining musical capturing the strength that young people have when they join together and stand up against injustice.
The play is directed by Todd Weakley, Laura Roper, Amanda Tant and Robert Kirby.
“It’s an exciting show,” Weakley said. “I really attach to the play’s theme about seizing the day and standing up for what you believe in. This play really has something for everyone. “
“The Senior Play is part of the culture of this school, and the tradition involved with the project is fantastic,” added HHS principal Bobby Wilkins.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 general admission and $12 reserved. They can be purchased during school hours in the front office of Hendersonville High School, 1 Bearcat Blvd., or by calling 828-697-4802.