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Aspire Performing Arts Company To Present "Newsies JR!"

originally published: 10/01/2017

Aspire Performing Arts Company To Present "Newsies JR!"

(WAYNE, NJ) -- Open the gates and seize the day! Aspire Performing Arts Company is currently in the final weeks of rehearsals for its upcoming pilot production of Newsies JR.! Aspire is once again partnering with Music Theatre International (MTI) and Disney Theatrical Group on a special pilot production - the musical has been adapted for young performers and Aspire will be one of the first theatre companies to produce the show prior to its official release. The pilot process allows MTI and Disney to fine-tune the script, music, and materials before the rights become available to schools and theatres.

Based on the 1992 motion picture and the hit Broadway musical, Newsies JR. features a score by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Sister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by four-time Tony Award® winner Harvey Fierstein. The Tony®-winning musical delighted audiences for more than 1,000 performances on Broadway, played 65 cities on its North American tour, and was released nationwide in cinemas, which became Fathom Events’ top-grossing Broadway title.

Lisa Beth Vettoso, Aspire’s Founder and Artistic Director, directs the pilot production of Newsies JR., which features 30 performers between the ages of 8 and 13 years old. The cast is led by James Ignacio (Roseland) as Jack Kelly, Allison Paterno (Morris Plains) as Katherine, Liam Rogan (Wayne) as Crutchie, Christopher Perez (Woodland Park) as Davey, and Liam Sheffield (Wayne) as Les.

The cast of 30 includes performers from the following counties and towns: Bergen (Rutherford), Essex (Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Newark, and Roseland), Morris (Lincoln Park, Morris Plains, Pompton Plains, Woodland Park), Passaic (Little Falls, Wayne, Woodland Park), and Somerset (Watchung).  

“We are thrilled to once again work with MTI and Disney on the pilot process” says Ms. Vettoso. “I have loved this music and this story for more than 20 years, and have enjoyed watching a new generation fall in love with it as well.”



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Performances will take place Friday, October 13 at 8:00pm and Saturday, October 14 at 3:00pm at Westminster Arts Center, located at 449 Franklin Street in Bloomfield, NJ. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.aspirepac.com or contact Aspire PAC at 201-220-4933 or aspirepac@gmail.com.

Since 2011, Aspire Performing Arts Company has provided children and teens with opportunities to participate in theatrical productions, master classes, and Broadway trips, gaining a strong reputation along the way. For more information, you can find Aspire online at www.aspirepac.com as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Newsies JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.





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Event calendar
Sunday, Jan 20, 2019


MUSIC

The Brook Orchestra presents Fire & Ice @ Brook Arts Center, Bound Brook - 3:00pm

Bay Atlantic Symphony: Mozart & Verdi @ Stockton Performing Arts Center (StocktonPAC) in Galloway, Galloway - 2:00pm

Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes @ Riverside Rhythm & Rhyme, Succasunna - 4:00pm


THEATRE

"Apple Season" by E.M. Lewis @ New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch - 2:00pm

Annie Jr. @ The Oakes Center, Summit - 2:00pm

Auditions: Born Yesterday @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 6:30pm







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American Girl Live @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 1:00pm


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