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FMT Presents Newsies

Family Music Theatre Presents 'Newsies'

Cedar Valley College's Family Music Theatre opens its 26th season with Disney favorite, Newsies. Based on the 1992 film Newsies and inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City, this high-energy story features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and a book by Harvey Fierstein.

FMT’s production of Newsies will be presented Fridays and Saturdays for three weekends, Oct. 12-13, 19-20, and 26-27. Curtain times are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday matinees at 1:30 p.m. All shows are presented at the Cedar Valley College Performance Hall, 3030 North Dallas Ave in Lancaster.

General Admission tickets range from $8 to $15 and may be purchased in advance at the Cedar Valley College Cashier’s office in Building L or by calling 972-860-2994.

For more details, visit www.familymusictheatre.com (*note that’s theatre spelled T-H-E-A-T-R-E)

(Please note that the final weekend of performances will coincide with Homecoming activities for Cedar Valley College and the Dallas County Community College District. Click here for more details, including the Homecoming Party scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Eddie Deen's Ranch in Dallas.)

Some of the most popular songs include "King of New York", "Watch What Happens" and "Seize the Day." Newsies tells the rousing story of charismatic leader Jack Kelly, his band of a ragged young 'newsies,' and the young aspiring female reporter Katherine, who dream of better opportunities and fair treatment for themselves and their families.

But when publishing titan Joseph Pulitzer raises distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack must find a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike and take a stand for what's right. Audiences will no doubt leave the show feeling empowered and energized.

"Theatre is not only entertaining, it's educational," says the show's Medda Larkin, the powerful African American star based on the real vaudeville star Aida Overton Walker. Through their journey, the audience will learn the importance of community and what it means to lean in and stand up to bullies.

For 26 years, Family Music Theatre has provided cultural enrichment for the college and community, continually guided by their mission “to provide top quality musical theatre entertainment always guaranteed safe for the whole family!”  Disney's Newsies is the organization’s 67th production.

For further information or to comment on the production, please contact: FMT Director, Dr. Sam R. Germany at (972) 860-8134 or via email at sgermany@dcccd.edu

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