Press release from Henderson County Public Schools:
For nearly a century, seniors at Hendersonville High School have concluded their high school career with the heralded tradition of the Senior Play. It is an opportunity to bond as a class, create a memory that will last a lifetime, and leave a final mark on HHS. The senior play is chosen every year by each class and acts as a parting gift to the school and community. It continues to show the dedication, determination, and spirit that HHS has to offer.
The Senior Class of 2019 will be performing Newsies. Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this 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 a female 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 will be directed by Todd Weakley, Laura Roper, Amanda Tant, and Robert Kirby. When asked about his thoughts on the production this year, Todd Weakley said, “It’s an exciting show. 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. ”
Mr. Wilkins, the principal of Hendersonville High School, says: “The Senior Play is part of the culture of this school, and the tradition involved with the project is fantastic.”
The Class of 2019 will perform four shows: May 2, May 3 and May at 7:30 pm, and a matinee on May 4 at 2:30 p.m.
Newsies is a one of a kind performance that you won’t soon forget. Tickets go on sale on Monday, April 22 and are $10 general and $12 reserved. They are very limited so get them as soon as you can! They can be purchased during school hours in the front office of Hendersonville High School, located on 1 Bearcat Blvd., Hendersonville, NC 28791, or by phone at 828-697-4802.